“So that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 3:10, NASB95)

Paul describes God’s wisdom as “manifold wisdom” in his letter to the church at Ephesus.  Interesting word, “manifold.” The Expositor’s Bible Commentary explains:

“Manifold” (polypoikilos ) is a poetical adjective meaning “very varied.” Euripides used it of multicolored cloth and Eubulus of flowers. Nowadays it is a technical term in geology, specifying unusually assorted crystals. The wisdom of God displayed in creation and embodied in Christ is a many-splendored thing, iridescent with constantly unfolding beauties.

Paul is saying that God’s wisdom is “very diversified,” or “very abounding in variety.”  All it takes to confirm Paul’s thesis is a cursory glance at the world.  If there is one thing that our world teems with, it is variety in nature. From trees to plants to insects to animals to the microscopic world to the incomprehensibly vast [but finite] universe, we see such a wide array of both living and inanimate object that we are staggered, and struggle to describe and explain it all.  The Bible says that God brought all of this into being…with words.

That would seem to me to qualify as “very-abounding-in-variety wisdom.”

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