of the Spirit
"I wisdom dwell with prudence,...The LORD
possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old."
- Proverbs 8:12, 22
1 Corinthians 1:24
"But unto them which are called, both Jews
and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God."
- Jesus is called "the wisdom of God" in 1 Corinthians 1:24,
and therefore Trinitarians speculate that the reference to
"wisdom" in Proverbs 8:22 is a reference to Jesus, thereby
proving that Jesus pre-existed before his birth, and that Jesus was in
the beginning of Creation - a fundamental point in the Trinitarian's
claim that Jesus is God.
In 1 Cor. 1:24, we find that Jesus is also referred to as "the
power of God". In Acts 8:10, Philip the evangelist is also
described as the "Power of God", by Simon the
sorcerer. But that doesn't mean that Simon thought that Philip
was Jesus, or vice versa.
The gospel itself is described as the "power of God" (1 Cor.
1:18), but that doesn't mean that the gospel and Jesus are one and the
Jesus is described as the "power of God" in 1 Cor. 1:24, and
yet Jesus sits at the right hand of "the power of God" (see
Luke 22:69). But how can Jesus sit at the right hand of himself?
In Ephesians 3:10, we find out that there is a VARIETY in God's
wisdom: "... to the intent that now unto the principalities and
the powers in the heavenly places might be made known through the
church the manifold wisdom of God".
In Proverbs 3:19 we find a similar reference to "wisdom"
being part of Creation: "The LORD by wisdom hath founded the
earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens."
In this passage we find that not only was "wisdom" with the
LORD in the beginning, but so too was UNDERSTANDING! In order to
be consistent, Trinitarians would have to make
"Understanding" into a living being!
I should be clear that the there is nothing in the book of Proverbs
that would prove that "wisdom" is a reference to Jesus.