Theology: God (GOD IS INTELLIGENT)

One of the first questions that may come to your mind when we mention Intelligence, is, “What is the difference between Intelligence and knowledge and Omniscience?”

 

Intelligence is the ability to learn, understand and manipulate information and then use that information. Knowledge is the awareness of information retained within your on board computer. It is information and facts and the ability to use them. Omniscience is that aspect of God that tells us that He knows all there is to be known. He is total, complete, and correct knowledge in and of Himself. (1 Samuel 2:3, Isaiah 11:2, Isaiah 29:16, Proverbs 3:19-20, Romans 11:33.

 

God’s intelligence is of the highest type — Perfect.

 

Knowledge is perception of facts as they are. Understanding is insight into the facts perceived. Wisdom is the ability to place known facts into proper relationship to all other facts and to use those facts and relationships for a good end.

 

I know what a chair is. I understand that the chair before me is very weak and it wobbles. I have enough wisdom not to sit in it. (Don’t forget James 1:5 in this area.)

 

Ideal intelligence can be viewed in four manifestations:

 

Intuitive intelligence: The ability to see things as they really are. “Oh, Lord I have given all to you.” God knows about the 99% that you haven’t turned over to Him.

 

Reflective intelligence: The ability to bring facts forth from memory and relate them to other facts. I can remember when I had lot’s of hair. I can remember when I had a nice car. I don’t have that car anymore so that must be why I don’t have any hair. NO. That is not a true assessment. That is not correct reflective intelligence.

 

 

Creative intelligence: The ability to take facts and merge them together and derive new and useful information or ideas. I illustrated this concept to a theology class once. Fact: You haven’t had a test lately in theology. Fact: You look like you are tired of this lecture. New fact: I think I will give a test.

 

This is where the young inventive businessmen of our day do well. They take facts everyone has, and runs a new direction with them to the extent that they make a million or two before anyone knows what they have done.

 

Ethical intelligence: The ability to look at the proper facts and use those that will result in ultimate good.

 

I followed up my illustration with the following: Fact: I know that you are very overworked at this point. Fact: I feel sorry for you that are heavily loaded with homework. Ethical fact: I do what is right and proper — I do not give the test.

 

God alone can see things as they really are. God has perfect reflective intelligence. God can create endless variety of forms (He is limitless). God alone can use all to His good ends. Job asks a question that is answered just a bit later in his book.

 

His question was: Job. 28:12, “But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? The answer: Job. 28:28,

 

“And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”

 

What value is there in our knowing of God’s intelligence? For the saved:

Job 23:10,11

 

“But he knoweth the way that I take; when he hath tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.”

 

For the unsaved: 1 Samuel 2:10

 

“The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them. The Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.”

 

A term that you may run across in some writings is “Omni-sapience” of God. This is related to our study on intelligence because it has to do with, “…the “All-Wisdom of God”; that is, God has all wisdom. There is a vast difference in wisdom and knowledge.” (Cambron, Mark G. D.D.; “Bible Doctrines”; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1954, p 37)

 

Jehovah knows our transgressions and rebellion, He knows our arrogance and wickedness, He knows the way of the righteous and the days of the upright, He knows the secrets of the heart and the thoughts of man. Best of all He knows all that are His. (Josuha 22:22; 1 Samuel 2:3; Job 11:11; Psalm 1:6; Psalm 37:18; Psalm 44:21; Psalm 94:11; 2 Timothy 2:19.)

 

Guess what? No matter how hard you try, no matter how sneaky you get, You Can’t Throw A Surprise Party For God. So Why Do So Many Believers Try So Often?

 

Job knew his God as we should, “But he knoweth the way that I take:….” Job 23:10

 

APPLICATION

 

We say we believe He knows all, we say we believe He is all wise, we say we believe He is interested in our well being, and we say we believe He  will do for us, yet we control our own lives. We direct our lives. We do our own thing. We seldom go to Him in prayer. We deny, it would seem by our action, those things that we believe He is. Intelligence, Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Etc.[1]

 

 


[1] by Stanley L. Derickson. DERICKSON’S NOTES ON THEOLOGY: A STUDY BOOK IN THEOLOGY.

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