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which he made abundant toward us in all wisdom and insight, (Ephesians 1:8)
Which he made abundant. Imagine the Father loved his creation so much that he was willing to sacrifice his own Son, his “loved one,” so that the heavy debt of Adamic sin could be forgiven. Then, not only did God reveal the issues that had developed in creation, but God, through his Word, gave them an accurate knowledge of the truth. He also gave Adam and Eve the capacity for understanding based on insight and wisdom. Even imperfect humans have a measure of this, giving them the good sense to cope with their human imperfection, wicked mankind alienated from God and Satan and his demon horde as they deal with life’s difficulties. – Eph. 1:6-8; 2:1-5.
Toward us in all wisdom. Wisdom: (Heb. חָכְמָה chokmah; Gr. σοφία sophia) is sound judgment based on knowledge and understanding. It is the balanced application of that knowledge to answer difficulties, achieve objectives, sidestep or ward off dangers, and help others accomplish the same. The wise person is often contrasted with the fool or stupid person. Wisdom has the capacity to understand and then act wisely and so have skill in living, adhering to the standards set out in the Word of God. Wisdom belongs to the person who has accumulated knowledge, or intellect, or enlightenment. – Deut. 4:6; 1Ki 5:9; Deut. 32:6; Prov. 11:29; Eccles. 6:8; Col. 1:28; 4:5.
And insight. The word here used and rendered insight (Heb. בִּינָה binah; שֶׂכֶל sekel or שֵׂכֶל sekel Gr. φρόνησις phronēsis) is the ability to see into a situation. It is having the capacity for rational thought, thinking, and understanding (Lk 1:17); the capacity for understanding, based on insight and wisdom. One who possesses insight acts with wisdom, caution, and discretion. Insight is closely related to understanding, but there is a fine distinction between the two terms. Says the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament: “While bin [understanding] indicates ‘distinguishing between,’ [sa·khal′] relates to an intelligent knowledge of the reason.” (R. L. Harris, 1980, Vol. 2, p. 877) Conclusion: there is the process of thinking through a complex arrangement of thoughts resulting in wise dealing and good practical common sense. Another result is the emphasis upon being successful. Insight gives a person the ability to look into something, be prudent and cautious in decision-making, act prudently, be reasonable, rational, and sensible when considering something. A person with insight can think through a complex situation, which results in a wise decision because he uses good practical common sense.