Did Jesus grow in wisdom?


The answer to this question is, of course, no. Jesus is God. God knows all things. However, as Jesus grew up, His wisdom manifested itself more fully.



When the Child Jesus, did not go home with His Mother and Step Father, He new that He would get in trouble with His human parents, but did what He did anyway?

Luk 2:48 And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? Behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
Luk 2:49 And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be about my father’s business?
Luk 2:50 And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them.
Luk 2:51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart.
Luk 2:52 And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace with God and men.


The article deals with “holiness” not wisdom, age and grace with God and men".

Like any human being he aged and with age comes experience and the possibility of wisdom. Grace with God we would expect to be something consistent in his life from birth. Is it possible even that grew as he grew? We certainly know it was affirmed at his baptism, “…beloved son on whom my favor rests”. Scripture does not say it “manifested more fully” It says it grew. I dont have a problem with that.


Jesus is also fully and truly human in all things but sin.


Says He did.


Wisdom, he probably had in spades. Understanding of the human race, that he probably gained an immense amount!


That’s not what Luke means though.


Jesus was fully human as well as fully divine. In his human nature, he had a human intellect and human senses. In his humanity, he learned, and grew in wisdom, in the same way that all humans. do.


He was the Perfect Man.


Pope Saint John Paul II:
“The fullness of grace in Jesus was in proportion to his age; there was always fullness, but a fullness which increased as he grew in age. The same can be said of the wisdom which Christ had from the beginning in the fullness proper to the period of childhood. As he advanced in age, this fullness grew in him to a proportionate degree.”

“According to Luke’s text, there was also a spiritual growth in Jesus.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church:
"This human soul that the Son of God assumed is endowed with a true human knowledge. As such, this knowledge could not in itself be unlimited: it was exercised in the historical conditions of his existence in space and time. This is why the Son of God could, when he became man, “increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favour with God and man”, and would even have to inquire for himself about what one in the human condition can learn only from experience. This corresponded to the reality of his voluntary emptying of himself, taking “the form of a slave”. " (CCC 472)


Ver. 52. Not that he was wiser at any future period of his life, than he was at the moment of his conception, but this is said, because he chose to manifest increasing signs of wisdom as he increased in years. — In the same manner also he increased in grace, by displaying, as he advanced in age, the gifts of grace with which he was endowed; and by this excited men to the praise of God, from the consideration of favours God had bestowed upon him; and thus he conduced to the honour of God, and the salvation of men. (St. Gregory) — The sun, always equally brilliant in itself, is said to increase in splendour, till it has reached its meridian brilliancy.


As GOD, Jesus was and is ALL KNowing

What this passage actual;ly means is that Jesus GREW in Life experiences understanding by now actually having experienced it. even though He always KNEW it.:thumbsup:




As God, Jesus knows everything all in one simple act. He does not need to remember, think about something, draw a conclusion, etc.

As one Person with a human nature as well as the Divine Nature, he was fully human. And so his human knowledge was like ours – except that he had the beatific vision of God in his life on earth, while we only have it once we get to heaven. Even so, he did not, in his human mind, comprehend all things all at once. He knew whatever he needed to know or wished to know. But he did not know things that he did not wish to know, such as irrelevant trivia or the details of ever sin ever committed, or the future thoughts of every person after the general Resurrection.

His human knowledge had limits because his human nature is finite.

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