“He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with ‘all wisdom’…”
Wisdom is the basis of the admonishing and teaching that is practiced in discipleship. This is not just any wisdom but ‘spiritual wisdom’
“And so… asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;”
This ‘spiritual wisdom’ results in a life that pleases God and bears lasting ‘fruit’ in multiple good works. Contrast this ‘spiritual wisdom’ to having an ‘appearance of wisdom’…
“ Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch! These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an ‘appearance of wisdom’, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.”
Appearance: the way in which something or someone outwardly presents itself to view.
True Discipleship is way beyond appearance. True Discipleship helps the believer to know and follow Christ. It equips him to live out his freedom in Christ and to use his gifts to serve others and bear fruit for Christ.
Reflection: Appearances can be deceiving. Always check the fruit. (Luke 6)