“Word” of Knowledge/Wisdom

‘WHY THE “WORD” OF KNOWLEDGE?

There is significance connected with the fact that these gifts are called the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge rather than merely wisdom and knowledge. When Jesus was called “The Word” (Greek: Logos) in John 1:1,14, this was a title which represented Him as the expression of God. “No man hath seen God at any tile: the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared (revealed) Him.” John 1:18. As a word is the audible expression of an invisible thoughtn so Christ is the tangible expression of the invisible God. In the phrases, the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge, the same word Logos is used. These gifts then are expressions of wisdom and knowledge. Not necessarily flashes of fragmentary bits, but degrees of wisdom and knowledge that He, the Sovereign Spirit, wishes to impart. Neither is there a transfer of great reservoirs of wisdom and knowledge, but a “word” – a revelation, an expression – sufficient for the occassion – of the wisdom and knowledge of God.’

Source: Ralph M. Riggs, The Spirit Himself (1949), Chapter 15: The Word of Knowledge, Why The “Word” of Knowledge?, p. 122-123.

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