Dr. Mark Copeland is a Pastor. He has freely provided sermon outlines for use in Bible studies and sermon preparation. It is from one of Dr. Copeland’s outlines that this message is prepared for our study. It is critically important we seek the Father’s guidance and employ His wisdom in our search for truth.
The purpose of these many essays is to please God and to hopefully see His everlasting and overwhelming love. It is my prayer that confusion regarding the ultimate and universal reconciliation of all to Him will be at least openly discussed. I hold no delusions and I am fully cognizant that Satan will do all he is able to continue to drive wedges between those of us who profess faith in Christ Jesus.
With God’s wisdom we may find peace. The confusion wrought by Satan does not have to rule us.
In the Old Testament book of Proverbs, we are encouraged to seek after wisdom. Wisdom is something to be looked for. It is something that has great value and should be sought with all diligence.
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
There is nothing greater than wisdom. It is expensive.
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
Likewise, in the New Testament we are exhorted to walk with wisdom. In his letter to the Ephesians Paul writes:
Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
James demonstrates there are two types of Wisdom. The better wisdom is heavenly. The worst type of wisdom is worldly. The first is wisdom has its origin from God. The second is demonic and has its root in the devil.
Over the next few days and weeks we will discuss the origins of wisdom. The Lord will show us the nature of earthly and heavenly wisdom. We will examine the fruit of each type of wisdom.