wisdom

True wisdom comes from God


This is a topic that needs to be understood and spoken of. As we grow in our understanding of the Bible and in turn of God. God Himself opens our hearts and minds to the real truth. In James three we gain an insight of what is wisdom from God and what is from the world.
If you receive a teaching that causes division, that causes strive, that inspires selfishness and self-serving behavior. That for instance says that you are better than others. This is not of God, but of the world and is evil.
When a message speaks of a “select” that causes those listening to think they are above all others. This can cause jealousy and makes those that think they are the “select” be selfish in their desires and thoughts. Those that teach this type of message are self-serving and so are of the world. In fact in verse fifteen it goes so far as to say that not only is it worldly, but also unspiritual and demonic or devilish depending on which translation of the Bible you look too. If it is demonic or devilish, then it has only one source, which is Satan himself.
True wisdom is explained simply. You live an honorable life and you follow the true teachings of the Bible in humility, for that is true wisdom. It states in the seventeenth verse that true wisdom first of is pure.
Pure – hagnos – (originally, in a condition prepared for worship), pure (either ethically, or ritually, ceremonially), chaste.
Hagnos is connected to hagios – “holy,” – properly, pure (to the core); virginal (chaste, unadultered); pure inside and out; holy because uncontaminated (undefiled from sin), i.e. without spoilation even within (even down to the center of one’s being); not mixed with guilt or anything condemnable.
Then it is peaceable – eirenikos – what pertains to peace, i.e. God’s gift of wholeness which results from knowing (discerning) the Lord’s will and obeying it.
Then it is easy to be intreated – eupeithes – properly, “well-persuaded,” already inclined, i.e. already willing (pre-disposed, favorable to); easy to come to terms with because already willing. Ready to obey
Full of mercy and good fruits.
Without partiality – adiakritos – without uncertainty, unambiguous, undivided, whole-hearted
Without hypocrisy.
“And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”
These are the signs to look for when someone is truly given insight and knowledge of the Word of God. Anything else is not of the Bible and so is not of God and thus is not true wisdom.
James 3:13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

The wisdom dilemma


One of the most interesting statements in the Bible, and I paraphrase, is the most foolish thought of God surpasses the greatest wisdom from humanity.
This is particularly true for those that live on the belief that humanity can accomplish anything on its own. That their knowledge can and will solve any problems, and since knowledge and wisdom are related man’s destiny to them is all they require not realizing something is missing.
Here is a for instance about how mans’ knowledge and wisdom works. Indoor plumbing. Something that is a part of all homes for the most part in western society. Yet this is a recent accommodation. It wasn’t something that was considered a necessity until the early part of the 1900s.
However for nearly fifteen hundred years it was something forgotten and thought to have never existed. In reality indoor plumbing was a staple of the Roman Empire. Yet due to the fall of the empire it was forgotten. This shows just how fragile human knowledge and wisdom is.
Now here most likely someone will say what does a toilet have to do with wisdom. All I can say to that is thank you for proving my point, and most likely my response will go right over their heads.
When Paul first wrote to Corinth in the first letter we have within the Bible he mentioned that his speech was not as eloquent and tried to show the wisdom of God. He went there with one purpose to show them the true image of Jesus Christ and the fact that He went to the cross and died in their place.
This was all that was important to Paul as it should be to any seeking true salvation.
Yet most in the world today seek for various types of so called wisdom. All coming from different aspect of humanity. Most of this so-called wisdom rejects that there is a God and the center their focus upon that which has been created by God.
Romans 1:18 – But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. 21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
This shows that when it comes to true wisdom they do not desire that, but would rather accept foolishness as wisdom. Every aspect of creation shows just how wise God truly is, yet humans say there is no such being that can cause and create all that is within the universe. However this is the very point. They see the truth, the wisdom, the glory and reject it. This is the dilemma with human based wisdom.