PRAISE AND POWER          THE SIMPLICITY OF GOD’S WORD         October 18, 2021

Have you ever wondered about how to tell if a person or a cause or movement is wise or not. How should we determine if something is the result of Godly wisdom or not? James 3 declares what God says about two kinds of wisdom.

“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation [manner of life] his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory [boast] not, and lie not against the truth.” (James 3:13, 14) According to God’s Word, which is the source for truth; a wise man shows his works out of a good manner of life and meekness of wisdom. Prideful egotism does not qualify. Those with bitter envying and strife in their hearts have no reason to boast. If such a person did boast, it would be a lie against the truth [God’s Word]. Such  motivations are not from God.

“This wisdom descendeth not from above [from God], but is earthly, sensual, devilish.” (James 3:15} The wisdom that proceeds from bitter envy and strife is not from God. That wisdom is earthly, not heavenly. It is sensual, not spiritual. It is devilish rather than Godly. Verse 16 declares: “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” This statement makes a seemingly complex concept very simple. Envy and strife are not good because God simply says: “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” According to I Corinthians 14:33a, “… God is not the author of confusion, but of peace… .” Also God is certainly not in favor of evil works. Ungodly wisdom is earthly, sensual, devilish. What about wisdom from God?

“But the wisdom that is from above [from God] is first pure [unmixed with foreign elements], then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated [easily accepted and understood], full of mercy [the withholding of merited judgement] and good fruits, without partiality [like God, Who is no respecter of persons], and without hypocrisy [not saying one thing and doing another]. And the fruit of righteousness [the way things ought to be according to God’s standard] is sown in peace of them that make peace .” (James 3:17, 18) Peace has been defined as the absence of hostility.

The wisdom from above is simply stated by God in His Word. The first thing about the wisdom from above [God’s wisdom] is that it is pure. It is not corrupt, misleading, mixed with anything untoward, impure or false. Then it is peaceable, having no hostility. It is gentile and easy to be entreated. It is full, full of mercy and good fruits. This Godly wisdom does not include partiality or respect of persons. There is no hypocrisy included. “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. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” (James 3:17, 18) Simple and beautiful!

The wisdom from God is full of good fruits. God’s gift of holy spirit has fruit associated with it. “But the fruit of the Spirit [the new birth gift of holy spirit from God] is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith [believing], Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22, 23) What a contrast to “bitter envying and strife in your hearts.” This fruit of the spirit is described so simply and beautifully. It sounds like the wisdom from above. Godly things can be simply contrasted with worldly things. These accounts from God’s Word set forth a simple way to contrast the two kinds of wisdom.

*******************************************************************************************************“PRAISE AND POWER” is an independent ministry, continued in honor of Milford and Betty Bowen by Earl and Nancy Burton.  Our prayer is as theirs was that you will be edified as you apply the principles of God’s Word in a practical way in your life.  You may contact us: PO Box 473, Earlysville, VA 22936 or by email:  101821 ENB



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