by Johnny Hunt

It Came Before the Church
Johnny Hunt
James 3:13
April 26, 2009

INTRODUCTION: Augustine, "The greatest good is wisdom." James 1:5, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

In Prov. 2, Solomon speaks of the benefits of wisdom:

1. Its Protection
Proverbs 2:7, "He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly"

2. Its Path
Proverbs 2:8, "He guards the paths of justice,
and preserves the way of His saints"

3. Its Pleasure
Proverbs 2:10, "When wisdom enters your heart,
and knowledge is pleasant to your soul"

4. Its Purity
Proverbs 2:12-13, "To deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things,
from those who leave the paths of uprightness
to walk in the ways of darkness"

Note the great truth of Proverbs 4:4-6

"He also taught me, and said to me: 'Let your heart retain my words; keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you.'"

In Paul's writing to the church at Corinth, he identified the Lord Jesus as wisdom embodied.

1 Corinthians 1:30, "But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God -- and righteousness and sanctification and redemption"

Lloyd John Ogilvie writes, "Wisdom is the special gift of the Lord for our quest to know His will. It is beyond intellect and knowledge. Wisdom enables a person to hear with God's ears and see with His eyes. Wisdom is inspired depth-perception into people and situations. It is the vertical thrust of the mind of God into our minds, making discernment possible on the horizontal level of human affairs. With wisdom, we can penetrate the mysteries of God, His nature, plan, and purpose. If we long to know God's ma ...

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