But of Him you are in Christ Jesus,
Who became for us:
• Wisdom from God—
• And righteousness
• And sanctification
• And redemption–
That, as it is written,
“He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”
Those who are wise shall shine
Like the brightness of the firmament, And
Those who turn many to righteousness
Like the stars forever and ever.
16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to declare My statutes,
Or take My covenant in your mouth,
17 Seeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you?
18 When you saw a thief, you consented with him, And have been a partaker with adulterers.
19 You give your mouth to evil, And your tongue frames deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son.
21 These things you have done, and I kept silent;
You thought that I was altogether like you;
But I will rebuke you,
And set them in order before your eyes.
22 Now consider this, you who forget God,
Lest I tear you in pieces, And there be none to deliver:
23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me;
And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.
7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak, O Israel, and
I will testify against you; I am God, your God!
8 I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices Or your burnt offerings, Which are continually before Me.
9 I will not take a bull from your house, Nor goats out of your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, Or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High.
15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
God’s Holy Spirit blesses people for ministry and also for workmanship in the physical world. Following are some examples of that kind of blessing. These people were blessed with abilities in specific areas of craftsmanship.
For work in the Tabernacle
Exodus 31:1 And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying,
2 See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:
3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
4 to devise skilful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
5 and in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to work in all manner of workmanship.
6 And I, behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the heart of all that are wise-hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee:
30 And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, Jehovah hath called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.
31 And he hath filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;
32 and to devise skilful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
33 and in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to work in all manner of skilful workmanship.
35 Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of workmanship, of the engraver, and of the skilful workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any workmanship, and of those that devise skilful works.
1 And Bezalel and Oholiab shall work, and every wise-hearted man, in whom Jehovah hath put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all the work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that Jehovah hath commanded.
2 And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab, and every wise-hearted man, in whose heart Jehovah had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it:
For work in the Temple
1 Chronicles 28
10 Take heed now; for Jehovah hath chosen thee to build a house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.
11 Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch of the temple, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper rooms thereof, and of the inner chambers thereof, and of the place of the mercy-seat;
12 and the pattern of all that he had by the Spirit, for the courts of the house of Jehovah, and for all the chambers round about, for the treasuries of the house of God, and for the treasuries of the dedicated things
For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is,
The fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
But do not forget to do good and to share,
For with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
We have this ministry, as
We have received mercy,
We do not lose heart. But
We have renounced the hidden things of shame,
Not walking in craftiness
Nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but
By manifestation of the truth
Commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
Whose minds the god of this age has blinded,
Who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,
Who is the image of God, should shine on them.
For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and
Ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.
For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness,
Who has shone in our hearts
To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
That the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
II Corinthians 4:1-7