The Contrast To Wisdom
May 16, 2010
INTRODUCTION: Good and evil are contrasted throughout Scripture. As we have seen, James is involved in this comparison repeatedly as he presents the practical examples of Christian lifestyle. Within the context of his consideration of wisdom, he shares a very vivid description of the wisdom which comes from below, as opposed to above. WISDOM FROM BELOW:
I. ITS OPPOSITION. .14
"against the truth" - the MOTIVATION: "in your heart…" The origin of moral action
A conditional sentence assumed true; actually existed and is being fostered.
"But if you have…" - contrast; to have is to harbor (pseudo - wise); bogus wisdom
A. WHAT IS DESCRIBED. 14a
"bitter envy" bitter .11 is bitter water; denotes a sharp, pungent characteristic. Harsh, cutting, and destructive, having no concern for the feelings or welfare of those who are its object; self-centered, living in a world in which their own personal ideas, desires, and standards are the measure of everything.
Envy - worst sort of jealousy; zeal.
Whatever and whoever serves those ends in considered good and friendly; whatever and whoever threatens those ends is considered bad and an enemy. Those who are engulfed in self-serving, worldly wisdom resent anyone or anything that comes between them and their objectives.
Philippians 1:15-16, "Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains"
"self-seeking" - selfish ambition; contentiousness and extreme selfishness. Used of personal gratification and self-fulfillment at any cost, which are the ultimate goals of all fleshly endeavors. It has no room for others. The ultimate self-elevation, opposite humble.
Marry these two traits and they could not stand to see others in possession of the position and influences they so desired. They exp ...
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