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Synopsis of Seeking the Wise — Series: God Spoke, Speaks, Prophesies and Winks
We’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And, today’s slice comes from:
Well….. before I give you the verses for today’s message let me tell you Seeking the Wise comes in two parts.
First- it can be imparted spiritually as we will see in the first slice of the Bread of Life:1 Kings 4:29-30 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. 30 And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.
And also in 2 Chronicles 1:11-12 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: 12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.
What did God do? And God gave Solomon wisdom…. Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee. That is impartation, the first method of obtaining wisdom.
Secondly, wisdom may be learned, as shown in the following verses.
PSA 51:6 But you desire honesty from the heart, so you can teach me to be wise in my inmost being. And also…. PSA 90:12 Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.
Proverbs 4:5 Learn to be wise, and develop good judgment. Don’t forget, or, turn away from my words. 6 Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.
Again, I reiterate: teach me, …… teach us, …….learn to be wise.
You might say that the very first sign of wisdom is knowing that you need it, and posturing your heart to get it. So wisdom can be gained in two ways: It can be imparted spiritually and it can be learned
Our goal, either way, should be to get wisdom from above – wisdom from God. There are two kinds of wisdom: wisdom from above, or godly wisdom, and earthly, non-spiritual, demonic wisdom. What??? Demonic wisdom??
James 3:13-18 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 5 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Wisdom from above always starts with knowing God Himself – with a revelation of Jesus Christ. Paul unlocked revelation that turned the world upside down, which he received through a revelation of Christ Himself. Paul said, in:
Receiving wisdom from above is parallel with receiving a revelation of Christ – you can’t have one without the other. Some one with wisdom lives by showing good works though humility, which is the proper attribute of true wisdom. Jesus, of course, fully exemplified and embodied wisdom. James immediately contrasts godly wisdom with another kind of wisdom with profound attributes of its own. Earthly wisdom will display jealousy and contention through pride. James boldly clarifies that this earthly wisdom is not only unspiritual and animalistic, but even demonic.
This immediately causes me to visit the proverb, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom…” It is now adequately clear that we should interpret this to mean, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom from above – godly wisdom!” This may seem incredibly simplistic, but if you continue along this line of thought you will see that it is invaluable to our lives. The wisdom of God would become more clear to us in the midst of many controversies if we would learn to look for the opposing fruit of these two kinds of wisdom.
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