Don't Set a Stake in Proverbs 8! Wisdom is the Holy Spirit!
Today we are going to connect the dots between the person in scripture called "Wisdom" and the Holy Spirit.
To begin, as Seventh-day Adventists, we should start out by reading some counsel from the Holy Spirit through Ellen White to us about a principle concerning the study of scripture. She said,
"To say that a passage means just this and nothing more, that you must not attach any broader meaning to the words of Christ than we have in the past, is saying that which is not actuated by the Spirit of God." [Ellen White, Review and Herald, October 21, 1890, par. 1]
And, she said,
"It is a fact that we have the truth, and we must hold with tenacity to the positions that cannot be shaken; but we must not look with suspicion upon any new light which God may send, and say, 'Really, we cannot see that we need any more light than the old truth which we have hitherto received, and in which we are settled.' While we hold to this position, the testimony of the True Witness applies to our cases its rebuke, 'And knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.' [Revelation 3:17] Those who feel rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing, are in a condition of blindness as to their true condition before God, and they know it not." [Ellen White, The Review and Herald, August 7, 1894]
The reason why we are highlighting these principles today is because Ellen White made a statement about a passage in Proverbs concerning Wisdom that has caused many SDA's to "set their stake" in this one understanding of the passage and say, that's it, case closed, we will not attach any broader meaning to this than we have in the past.
In this video, we talk about a passage in Proverbs concerning our subject today, that is, who is Wisdom? Proverbs 8 has to be the premier scripture that helps us identify who Wisdom is. So, we take a close look at the text, then compare scripture with scripture to verify our findings! We investigate the original intent of the author of Proverbs 8, King Solomon.
Ellen White said this concerning Proverbs 8, putting the words of Wisdom in the mouth of Christ as co-creator with the Father. She said,
"And the Son of God declares concerning Himself: 'The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. ...' Proverbs 8:22-30." [Ellen White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 34]
Now, as we can all agree, these words do apply beautifully to Christ, but as we evidence in the video, there is much more to this story. Ellen White was not wrong in saying this about Jesus, as Jesus is indeed a wise co-creator. And by saying this about Jesus, we can see that Ellen White understood Wisdom to be an actual person, not an attribute. No Adventist would deny that Jesus had a hand in the creation. But to say that a verse means just this, and nothing else, is saying that which is not actuated by the Spirit of God. We need to look at Proverbs 1-9 to get a clear understanding of the original author's intended message concerning Wisdom, as we have done.
Ellen White did not receive light on every passage in the bible in her lifetime, like Proverbs 7:4 for example. Additionally, inspiration given to her was designed for the understanding and paradigm of the audience of her day. This comment was made by Ellen in Patriarchs and Prophets published in 1890. The identity of the Holy Spirit as an individual person with a personality was just being revealed to her, starting in April of 1899. She had not yet given much light on who the Holy Spirit was, and this was most likely because the world at that time (1890) was still on its way out of the dark ages. Women had not yet received equal status as voting citizens of the United States until 30 years after Patriarchs and Prophets was published. Basically, the male dominated world of the 1800s was not ready to hear the truth about the "third member of the Godhead," so the revelation of the Holy Spirit as Lady Wisdom would have to wait. But, God did reveal it to His denominated people in a vision given to a woman named Lois Roden, in 1977.
(For our two Advocates – See 1 John 2:1 and John 14:16-18
For our two intercessors – See Romans 8:26 and 8:34, and
For our two trunks of the Tree of Life – See Early Writings p. 17, Revelation 22:1-2; My Life Today p. 50 for male trunk, and Proverbs 3:13-18 for female trunk)
For our study on the "bringing forth" of Jesus by God the Father, click on this link to "Materialism, Our Forgotten Foundation," by Trent Wilde
"A Woman Named Wisdom":
Studies from Lois Roden on the divine feminine:
Sabbath School Q4 2020: Education - Week 8
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