Luke 2:52 – “And Jesus increased in wisdom (Wisdom – sophia(greek) Strong’s #4678; Practical wisdom, prudence, skill, comprehensive insight, Christian enlightenment, a right application of knowledge, insight into the true nature of things.) and stature, and in favor with God and men.”
Isaiah 11:2,3 – “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest(Give rest – nu’ach (hebrew) Strong’s #5117; To rest, settle down; to be soothed or quieted; to be secure; to be still and to dwell peacefully.) upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom(wisdom – chochmah(hebrew) Strong’s #2451; Wisdom; wiseness; skillfulness, whether in the artistic sense (craftsmanship) or the moral sense (skills for living correctly).) and understanding, The spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge(knowledge – da’at(hebrew) Strong’s #1847; Knowledge; knowing, understanding, intelligence, wisdom, discernment, skill. Da’at comes from the verb yada’, “to know.”) and of the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;”
Colossians 2:2,3 – “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding(understanding – sunesis(greek) Strong’s #4907; Literally , “a putting together,” hence, quickness of apprehension, the critical faculty for clear comprehension, intelligently assessing a situation. The NT uses two words for understanding, phronesis and sunesis. Phronesis acts while sunesis judges. Phronesis is the practical side of the mind while sunesis is the analyzing and discerning side.), to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
1 Samuel 2:26 – “And the child Samuel grew in stature, and in favor both with the LORD and men”
How beautiful is it that Jesus came to earth and lived life like us. He came with the full vulnerability to sin and temptation but lived sinless. He removed the power of sin over us once and for all and set a standard, a new normal. Never again can man excuse himself from living in supernatural power. Victory is our inheritance now. It is so amazing to me that Jesus, like the prophet Samuel grew in favor with the LORD and man. There was a process to their ministry and lives lived abandoned to God.
We are also in a process. Process doesn’t mean that we live in sin, it simply means glory to glory. Jesus has shown us that it is possible to live without the bondage of sin as we travel through our own process and in the meanwhile, grow in favor. There is a beautification. There is a divine makeover that we are in. As we grow from who we presently are, into who we are become, God is making us beautiful.
As we behold the beautiful One, we become like Him. The Spirit that was on Him rests upon us. All His attributes are available for us at all times because we have been identified with Him, in His death and likewise in His resurrection. What a beautiful relationship we have in Jesus! Take a moment and just love on Him. He really really loves us! Its amazing!