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October 23, 2020 12:00 am
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).
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Our trash is the Baptist Bible. Our Box 1737, Cincinnati, OH 45217 wisdom is something that is spoken of frequently in the Scriptures. It was certainly our desire to have wisdom. Of course it's necessary to understand what true wisdom really is going to recognize going to seek after two for going to use it that's able to distinguish true wisdom. Wisdom, which is of God from the wisdom of the world book of James chapter 1 verse five it says if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upright.
If not, and it shall be given him. This indicates that wisdom is desirable. Wisdom is to be sought after wisdom can be obtained when asked for it.
The book of Proverbs chapter 1 verse seven says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. True wisdom certainly connected the fear of God does matter how wise a person may profess to be. If there is no fear of God before their eyes.
They have no true wisdom.
Proverbs chapter 2 verse one my son, if I will receive my words and hide my commandments with the soul that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding. Yea, if thou crimes after knowledge and look this up by voice for understanding, if thou seek us to her as silver, and searches for her as for hidden treasures then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God once more. It is made clear that we are to cry after knowledge that we are to search for knowledge and wisdom that it is of great benefit. Proverbs chapter 9 verse nine give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the holy is under standing. I we read in the book of Romans chapter 1 of those who profess themselves to be wise, but in the process were seeking to suppress the knowledge of God and it says in Romans 122 professing themselves to be wise, they became fools sure in their multitudes that fit that category in our society today.
They have resorted to the wisdom of the world. They profess themselves to be wise, they have left God out and in many cases are actively seeking to suppress the knowledge of God, the truth about God and in the process.
They have become foods they may be highly esteemed by me and they may have positions of prestige and influence but as far as God is concerned there fools because there's no fear of God before their eyes, and all of their pursuit of worldly wisdom, they have missed that.
Which is the wisdom from above, those introductory remarks.
I will just turn to the book of James chapter 3, the subject is peaceable wisdom again in the 13th verse of James chapter 3, who was a wise man and endued with knowledge among you, let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envying, and strife in your hearts glory not and why not against the truth. This wisdom descended not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish for wire envying, and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work 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, and the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Several qualities are treated to the wisdom that is from above, but special emphasis on the fact that this wisdom is a peaceable wisdom is made in this portion of Scripture tells us that not only is this wisdom peaceable and general but the conclusion of it all is that the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. They are peacemakers first thing we see in this passage concerning this wisdom is attached. Question is asked, who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you, how would you determine if there is someone of your acquaintance someone among this congregation who has wisdom and knowledge. How will the task be made not necessarily going to be oblations that somebody makes a great claim to wisdom. We all probably have had contact with people who felt like they do a lot more than they did, or even if they had a lot of knowledge didn't have the wisdom is how they would use it.
So how we gonna make test well the first thing he says when the questions asked who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you, let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness and wisdom that word conversation refers to behavior to a way of life.
We use the word conversation just when there is an exchange of words between us. We're talking one to another, but asked not the limited form in which it is used here talking about your whole way of life indicates that a test as to whether one truly is endued with knowledge and is wise is that what they profess must make a difference in the life, it must be lived out. It must be seen in their conduct, not James probably has a reason.
And of course we know the rights of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
So all the reasons it would be incorporated in his writing comes ultimately from the direction of the Spirit of God, but there is a reason in the way in which this subject matter unfolds in that he does not make a list here of specific matters regarding conduct, about which he is concerned, which would indicate that this is a broader scope involving all the details of our life. Yet when we take it in its context.
We do see some specifics that preceded this might be one look at a couple of those and then understand that it's far greater in its out reach and in the scope of godly conduct that would be incorporated. First of all, in chapter 2 James chapter 2 verse 14 what does it profit my brethren, though a man say he have faith and have not works can faith save him.
If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you say under them depart in peace, be warmed and feel notwithstanding you give them, not those things which are needful to the body. What does it profit.
Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead being alone.
I want out of faith is dead faith that really is no faith that faith is a gift of God.
And when God gives somebody faith is not dead. It's living faith so person may claim. I have faith. But if it's not proven by their works is is that faith is dead. Here, then, is the opportunity for one to demonstrate that he has true faith is as not enough just to say that a man has faith that he claims to have faith if he has faith it's going to be manifest in his works so you want to be willing to share with those that have lead if there's somebody that is in need and all he says is depart in peace, be you are both fine. Your flow somewhere else will find your food some other place. I'm concerned about you know, it's very easy to become self-righteous decide that anybody that's poor is in that condition because of failure to work hard enough or poor management and that there can be up a lot of issues that impact one's life to bring them to that point and even if they are there because of their own failure. It doesn't mean that you are to turn her head and say too bad you got yourself in this plight.
So I'm helping God's word has a lot to say about the poor and the last thing you want to do is oppose the poor. God loves him not interested in their welfare and God's children audibly. So is telling us that we need to prove our faith. Then in chapter 3 verse six gives us another way that we are going to live out a godly conversation at our daily walk is going to be in evidence of the change.
There's been rowdiness but on grace and the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.
So is the tongue among our members, that it defined the whole body and set it on fire the course of nature and is set on fire of hell. Language could be much stronger than that tended to think about in a little thing like gossip thing about talk about people behind their back at that's that's all that significant.
Sounds pretty serious here. He says it sets on fire the course of nature and is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beast and of birds and of serpents and things in the sea, is tamed and have been tamed of mankind, but the tongue can no man tame is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison therewith bless we God, even the father therewith curse we men which are made after the similitude of God. Man being made after the similitude of God is never to be cursed is never justification to slander someone to try to harm someone verbally. There is a place for warning, agitation rebuke, but all within a context of a godly concern for the benefit of the individual and for the glory of Christ control how much damage can be done by the tongue by speaking when one should be silent by accepting something as being a fact when there is no proven grounds for just because this is what somebody said I heard this must be so and so I heard it. I must be at liberty to circulate absolutely amazes me how some people will start something to which there is absolutely no connection with fact at all and you can kind of understand situation where maybe it has been exaggerated or maybe there was a sincere misunderstanding or somebody slanted a little bit in one direction, but when professed Christians start something where there is absolutely no foundation to it at all and circulate a blatant lie is pretty serious.
Logistics indicates so if we're going to prove that we have knowledge and wisdom. It needs to be not only by what we say, not just a matter of how much we know it's how much that knowledge influences our conduct. Have we learned the grace of God. Controller times when I just read here that you can control the NetSuite in mind, I can control I know it means certainly are not going to control it. As far as human nature is concerned with the grace of God you can you can overcome weakness of the flesh in that regard.
Without looking at first Peter chapter 2 this course not in the writings of James was a part of the inspired record and it is an indication of what kind of life God's people to be living in general. First Peter chapter 2 verse 11 says dearly beloved obsolete US strangers and pilgrims abstain from fleshly lust which war against the soul. Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles, that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they made by your good works, which they shall whole glorify God in the day of visitation. I've heard people talk about works as though they must all be done in such a secretive manner that nobody would ever know what happened now Jesus did condemned the Pharisees who prayed on the street corner for recognition and when they made their contribution they wanted everybody to observe and anything done in that spirit obviously is wrong with the idea that good works must all be done in secret is just not a biblical concept is measured like a city set on a hill I like to not begin. He says while they speak of you as evildoers, they are to the hold your good works and therefore glorify God in the day of visitation. So the first thing that is a test as to whether or not a person has true knowledge and wisdom is the kind of life they live there conduct their behavior for the wisdom of God is pure let him show out of a good conversation. A good way of life is works and secondly, his attitude with meekness of wisdom. Not only is the be a matter of conduct as to how the person lives. A person might be living to a very high moral standard and yet their attitude be rotten.
You have a critical attitude could have a complaining attitude to be very cynical, very quick to make a brother and offender for word attitude must be right that we have the best possible example in this matter of having a meek spirit, a gentle spirit, such as is stipulated in this passage, Jesus Christ himself being the perfect example in all things, it says of him. In Matthew chapter 11 verse 28 coming to me all need that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am blocked meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls.
Jesus Christ, the conquering King of glory says I am meek and lowly in heart, then the apostle Paul, the greatest servant of New Testament times maybe of all ages. As far as margins are concerned says in the book of first Thessalonians chapter 2 verse seven but we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children how to possible labor with this church have any minister to those that came under his watch care. He was gentle even as a nurse cherishes her children. I was on this horny arrogant attitude on this harsh, overbearing spirit never trying to drive the flaw with the lead them to lead them gentle and then of course while we have these two great examples we have numerous admonitions in Scripture and declarations that this meek general quiet spirit comes those who are subject to God's grace in the sermon on the Mount, Jesus says in Matthew five, five Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Some people are prone to immediately reject the whole concept of meekness because they equated with weakness but they're not saying meekness or somebody has said is power under control, where under the control of the spirit of God, not giving way to the impulses of the flesh to the human responses that might be found in the world around us. To be antagonistic to be bitter to be resentful to be given to critics criticism and slander and tried to harm others. Galatians chapter 5 describes the fruit of the spirit. Verses 22 and 23 but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such there is no law to words in that list particularly applied. What were talking about gentleness and meekness. It is the fruit of the spirit. If you're walking with another spirit and you know it's not the fruit of the spirit, the Holy Spirit of God is the fruit of your human nature and of yielding to Satan's temptations plane admonition is given to us in the book of Titus chapter 3 verse two says to speak evil of no man to be no rollers but gentle showing all meekness on to all man guides one thing to show weakness to those who are meek. It's one thing to be gentle when a person is gentle and return to find it a little more difficult when somebody is harsh when somebody speaks unkindly to you when somebody is discourteous, abrupt, antagonistic to be very calm and let somebody tearing to you for whatever reason, but it would notice how quickly the old flash can rare up and find out you had some stuff in you. You didn't even know was in there you to know that you can be irritated so easily and so quickly, but this says to speak evil of no man to be no rollers but gentle showing all meekness, unto all men there's a test good behavior and good attitude. Sometimes people get the mistaken idea that if there really standing for what is right there justified to become rather harsh in their approach in dealing with those who disagree with them, but received from Scripture that the wisdom that is from above is peaceable and we pray that God will bless us always to display that wisdom to his glory.
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