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Real Wisdom (11 of 22)
Series: Behave Yourself
The Bible talks to us about a "know so" salvation. In the writings of the Apostle John, in particular I John, we are told that it is possible to have a "know so" salvation. Brother James comes along, and he also says that there is a "show so" salvation. He says in verse 13, "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show."
Do you remember when you were in kindergarten and how they used to have show and tell? You would bring something and show it and tell about it. James says that that is the way the faith ought to be, that our faith should be a faith which we show by our daily life.
What he's saying here is that if you are a wise person you will show that you are a wise person by the kind of life that you live. Your lifestyle will demonstrate whether or not you have the wisdom of God in your life.
The Bible says that you can have wisdom. In Chapter 1, verse 5, it says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." It is possible to have the wisdom of God in your life.
Here's what James is going to do in these verses. I'm going to try to unpack the verses for you and make it very simple and easy to understand. But in these verses James is going to make a contrast between two kinds of wisdom. He is going to talk about the wisdom which is from above and the wisdom which is from below.
In verse 17 we see the wisdom which is from above. Verse 15 says, "This wisdom decendeth not from above." There is a wisdom from above. There is a wisdom from below. There is a heavenly wisdom and there is an earthly wisdom. There is a wisdom which is divine and there is a wisdom which is devilish, and he's going to contrast the two.
In the process of that we are going to meet two individuals. We're going to meet Mr. Wise and we're going to meet Mr. Otherwise. ...
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