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Was Jesus Full of Wisdom?

Updated on October 22, 2009

Luke 2:52 (NASB) says, "And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." I have observed some contention over the following question: Did Jesus give up His wisdom / knowledge when He became a man?

Numerous examples exist in the Gospels to indicate that Jesus did not retain His omniscience when he became a man. My introductory verse is clear evidence; if Jesus had retained His omniscience as a human, he would have that omniscience as a child, which He did not if His wisodm could increase.

Matthew 24:36 (and Mark 13:32) show Jesus speaking of His eventual return. "“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” If Jesus were omniscient, He would have known at that time when He was scheduled to return to earth.

At least two examples exist which show Jesus being surprised. Matt 8:10 - "when Jesus heard this, he was surprised"; Luke 7:9 - "Jesus was surprised when he heard this." If Jesus had retained His omniscience, He would never have been surprised by hearing some new information.

There are other examples, but these should suffice to show that Jesus gave up His omniscience and wisdom when He became a man. He humbled Himself for our benefit. Praise the risen King.


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