by Johnny Hunt

How Does One Get Wisdom
Johnny Hunt
James 3:13
May 2, 2010

INTRODUCTION: Augustine said, "The greatest good is wisdom." Both Scripture and ancient philosophers placed a premium on wisdom, which, broadly defined, is not simply a matter of possessing factual knowledge but of properly and effectively applying truth to everyday life.

James, in this passage, not only asked a Provoking Question, but he seems to speak with such clarity that it could bring a Penetrating Rebuke. "The kind of wisdom a person possesses will be revealed by the kind of life he lives." Remember, there is a strong tension between what is and what ought to be as seen in James 3:14-16 and then in vv.17, 18.

Wisdom is not merely something which is intellectually understandable; it must be demonstrated practically in Christian lifestyle. Just as "works" proves the quality of one's faith, so "good conduct" proves the quality of one's wisdom. Note the contrast in James 3:15, "wisdom does not descend from above," and James 3:17, "wisdom that is from above."

Kent Hughes, "Being wise does not mean we understand everything that is going on because of our superior knowledge, but that we do the right thing as life comes along."

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."

QUESTION: How does one get wisdom?


When we become Christians we become what the Scripture describes as "in Christ," a term which Paul uses over and over again (161 times) to indicate our dynamic relationship with God through Christ. In respect to wisdom, believers are in Christ Jesus, Who has become for us wisdom from God. Since all God's wisdom resides in Christ, when we come to be "in Him," we become rooted in wisdom. Our relationship with Christ assures a transfer of this wisdom to us and exposes us to further wisdom.

1 Corinthians 1:30, "But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became f ...

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