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October 26, 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).
Will be fire, and ensure Bradley Junior welcoming you to another broadcaster. The Baptist Bible. Our will be continuing today with the message on peaceable wisdom in a day when there's so much conflict and strife. We need to be reminded that that wisdom which is from above is peaceable.
I encourage you to write the snow that you listen to the program. Our address is the Baptist Bible. Our 1737, Cincinnati, OH 45217 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 weakness on to all me.
It's one thing to show weakness to those who are meek. It's one thing to be gentle when a person is gentleman return to find it a little more difficult when somebody is harsh when somebody speaks unkindly to you when somebody is discourteous, abrupt, antagonistic be very calm and let somebody tearing to you for whatever reason. But notice how quickly the old flash can rare up and find that you had some stuff in you. You didn't even know was in there he didn't know that you can be irritated so easily and so quickly, but this says to speak evil of no man to be no. Brawlers but gentle showing all weakness unto all men there's attached good behavior and good attitude.
Now what about the description. The description of this wisdom. First of all he talks about the wisdom of the world wisdom, which is of human origins even in some cases of Satanic origin but is not of God person might have a tremendous amount of information in their mind might have read extensively all kinds of books might be able to argue down the finest point in a position that they hold Weatherby about political matters are of you on philosophy are some biblical point, but it may not be the wisdom that is of God. This wisdom that is not of God is described as being personally doesn't come from heaven comes in their prescriptions chapter 1 verse 19 says, for it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise is about as I don't understand that. I thought wisdom was good. Why would God destroy the wisdom of the lines because of the wrong kind wisdom is the wisdom of the world is the wisdom that man has obtained wavelength not helped kind of wisdom we read about Romans chapter 1 where they profess themselves to be wise, but they become fools. I will destroy the wisdom of the last and this is something that perplexes me and I just agonize over too many times when I see people who say Jesus Christ as my Savior. The Bible is my book I believe is authoritative. I try go for my information and yet when it comes down to the minute important issues of life returned the wisdom of the world and been brainwashed to think like the world thinks and in many cases I don't say it that make a profound statement that leases profound in their mind as though they are giving recognition to something that is religiously solid but it's biblically wrong. Constantine destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise where he is described.
Where is the disputer of this world have not God made foolish the wisdom of this world see that wisdom is of the earth tersely springs from man's own natural inclination to make a name for himself to gain great heights, but to do it with God out of the picture. Forgetting God organized the very existence of God. Says this wisdom is sensual. That is, it's apart from the spirit. It's not involvement doesn't come from the Spirit of God. It is of the flesh is essential.
Jude verse 19 speaks of false prophets, since in the 18th verse how that they told you there should be markers in the last time who should walk after their own ungodly last these, be they separate themselves sensual, having not the spirit. So if the wisdom is sensual, it means they have not the spirit. Each of the flesh is not of God, and then James goes on to describe it as being devilish would think that this inappropriate wisdom would be adequately described something that God's people would certainly want to recognize and avoid when it's described as being earthly and sensual. But now he says establish I think I can prove to you that even God's children may at some time in their experience be influenced by and overtaken by that wisdom which is earthly, sensual and even devilish for the book of Mark chapter 8 Mark chapter 8 verse 29 and he saith unto them, but whom say ye that I am and Peter answered and said offending him, thou art the Christ, and he charge them that they should tell no man of him and he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and obviously since Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, and he had come here to suffer and die people well knew this when Jesus Christ spoke he spoke authoritatively, and he says the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected of the elders and of the chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again and he spake back saying openly and Peter took him, and began to rebuke him and to Peter rebuking the Savior that we know enough about Peter to know that he is a lovable soul and we can probably see a lot of our own faults and tendency to be impetuous and him at times and can't be a great critic of this man because he was a marvelous servant of God, but it does demonstrate that in spite of the fact he had a close communion with the Savior.
He not only was one of the 12. He was one of the three, Peter James and John that had a very close intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ, and in spite of the fact that he was the one who denied the Lord openly and blatantly. He was restored and used to preach powerfully on the day of Pentecost. But here is another one of these weak dark moments in his life. He can just be sure that his motivation was not that he wanted to have conflict with his Lord, but he loved Jesus so much he just couldn't bear the thought that Jesus was talking about being killed just too much for so people gives way to the weakness of his flesh and begins to rebuke the Savior but when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying get the behind me Satan for lower savers, not the things that be of God, but the things that be of man, Jesus speaks to Peter, one of his own will that he loves very much. But on this occasion the wisdom upon which Peter was relying was personally sensual, devilish, he says, get behind me, because the things that you're talking about. You don't savor the things that be of God, but the things of me. See, here's an indication that on a given occasion under certain circumstances, that one of the Lord's own can become very confused and rely on their emotions, their human responses and think that they're saying something that is right and appropriate and yet Jesus rebuked him, as is get behind me Satan out one of the qualities of this wisdom that is of the earth verse.
He says there is bitter envying envy, jealousy, one of the sinful attitudes of the human heart that can bring about such devastation the destruction it indicates a person not being satisfied with what God has done for them or the position which God has placed them. The person who is jealous and envious once what somebody else has and generally the process they don't want them to have. They not only want their position. They want that person removed from it or they won't be a step ahead of them. So my lesson was that mean that we are never to strive for better things know there is a place to try to apply yourself and what ever abilities and talents God is giving you certain it is appropriate to strive for many things in a positive vein that they might be better. The married society in which we live. The very governmental's system under which we live, trying to better ourselves in a positive way in our way of life when it takes on the form of not being able to be content because what somebody else hands and little green eyed monster troubling you.
Every time you observe what another person has a position they occupy at sin bitter envying speaks of strife and envious spirit brings about strife brings about conflict.
I'm not happy where I am. I'm not happy where other people are. I don't like the present circumstances. I don't have what I deserve. I'm not getting the recognition I'm entitled to have some conflict ensues. Philippians chapter 2 verse three let nothing be done through strife or vainglory but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves but nothing absolutely nothing be done through strife or vainglory posting becomes a part of that which springs from this worldly wisdom God's wisdom produces humility.
The true wisdom, which is of God brings about a submissive spirit will talk about that little more. The ultimate result here is confusion when the wisdom which is of the world is utilized relied upon, touted, promoted, followed. The end result is confusion. Confusion.
But all the contrast the wisdom which is of God. What's the source of it. Well, it's from above. See the contrast the wisdom that is inappropriate wisdom that is going to disrupt and disturb things is of the earth. But this wisdom that is God honoring and edifying the building as far as the lives of God's people individually and the church itself comes from above James chapter 1 verse 17 every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. See that same chapter where we read earlier in the fifth verse. If you lack wisdom, what you do you ask God where is God we believe in the omnipresence of God but God is spoken of as being in heaven on the throne.
He rules he reigns.
So we are asking our father above to give us wisdom every good and perfect gift comes down from the father of lights. It comes down from above is not of the earth. It is of Colossians chapter 2 speaks of this as well how necessary it is for us to have the word of Christ given our hearts.
The knowledge of God's word so that we can have discernment and distinguish the difference between that wisdom which is of God.
Colossians chapter 2 verse two says their hearts that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God and of the father and of Christ in the school parking in all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge was then the source of this wisdom and knowledge, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge argued in human I would order it from James 15 that it is appropriate for you to ask for wisdom to pray for it, but you cannot expect that if you are never in the word of God which he has provided for your instruction and edification that you could just lay the bottom of the nightstand overnight pray Lord, give me wisdom and the God are granted to the knowledge that you need is going to be imparted to you through the word about the preaching of the word and God will bless you as you asked for it public, approaching him asking for for the right reason to give you wisdom to know how to understand and apply and utilize his word in your life. Psalm 119 we look at the segment from verse 33 through verse 40. As you know this song is divided into sections according to the letters of the Greek alphabet and their eight verses in each of the sections in this one should indeed be a prayer that all of us would be continually praying. Psalm 119 verse 33 teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes and I shall keep it on to the end.
How's the Psalms pray to be taught not to talk some principle that cannot be defined not taught by some inner feelings influence that a person may have on a given day to say, here's what I'm inclined to do. Here's how I feel about it. I think this is a good idea know. He says teach me the way of thy statutes. I want to know what the word of God says give me understanding and I shall keep thy law gay.
I still observed with my whole heart. Verse 35 make me to go in the path of thy commandments, for therein. Do I delight when we say that what I delight in my commandments.
I want to be given understanding because I delight in them. Whatever you say packs what I want to do next.
What I want to understand that's how I want to live. Incline my heart under thy testimonies and not to covetousness Psalms is acknowledging my heart would be pulled toward selfishness and greediness to be of a covetous man, but Lord, I pray that you incline my heart to thy testimonies turn away my eyes from the holding vanity and Quicken thou me in my way.
Establish thy word in the last servant who is devoted to thy fear. Turn away my reproach which I fear for thy judgments are good to hold. I have long after thy precepts Quicken me and by righteousness seeing the source of this wisdom. What are the qualities of a stand and vivid contrast to the qualities of that wisdom that is of man, that wisdom which is earthly, sensual, devilish you have better envying, and strife in your hearts glory not an ally not against the truth. If you're claiming I have knowledge on what the Bible teaches.
I have wisdom.
I know how to conduct myself but your life is not matching your claim you're living in sin. Not having repented and turned from your harboring bitter envy your holding malice against various individuals you give way to that which verse strife is as wide as truth don't don't lay claim to having knowledge and wisdom. If this be the case this wisdom to send is not from above is earthly, essential, devilish, and where envying, and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work but the wisdom that is from above is first pure, so there's the first quality is first pure, and regarding talked about that to some degree when it says initially that if there is one that is wise and a dude with knowledge among you, let him show out of a good conversation and demonstrated by his good works by his godly life. Wisdom then is from above is first pure wisdom that is from God is not going to lead you down the wrong path. You can't claim that wisdom and defend an excuse ungodliness in your life you can't defend an excuse bitterness in the strife can't be.
It is pure. Chapter 4 verse eight says drawl nine to God and he will draw all night to you claimed your handy centers and purify your hearts, you double minded. So if we find that there is a tendency toward maintaining a bitter spirit being harsh in our attitude toward others being resentful that need to be dealt with. We need to draw near to the Lord.
We need to cleanse our hands, our hearts need to be purified must not be double minded saying one thing and doing something else laying claim to believing the word of God says and you trying to justify another course of action, another spirit another attitude.
Next thing that he says here it's not only pure is peaceable and as we said, we have identified that subject peaceable wisdom as being what is emphasized in this entire passage. It is peaceable Jesus is. Blessed are the peacemakers, how you see yourself.
Are you a peacemaker do you make a concentrated effort to bring about understanding unity help people.
Many who have had differences and difficulties come to some unity that will glorify the Lord, I hasten to emphasize here that when we talk about peacemakers were not talking about compromising fundamental basic truth, Jesus.
I was, and didn't have that in mind when he said, Blessed are the peacemakers know we're living in a time the more more people are saying that doctrine is not important and there is this inclusive-ism that has become more popular even among fundamentalists that would indicate that some of the most basic truths of Scripture can be ignored and that is not all that important thought about that were talked about for one thing every day day-to-day human relationships how easy it is to be offended.
How easy it is to draw a conclusion about a situation when you don't have the facts offended somebody and he just took time to go to them and ask about a situation you might find out that whole issue is absurd to start with because there's nothing but misunderstanding and even when there are real differences often resolve for peace could be found if prayerful diligent effort put forth mark of this wisdom that is of God is that it is peaceable.
It is gentle it is moderate. It is forbearing. I hope the message today has been a blessing to you if you would like to contribute to the support of this program, helping to keep us on the air. You can go to our website at Baptist Bible our God ward and make a donation there down to we greet you next time.
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