Thoughts On Wisdom: The Fruit of Wisdom and Conclusion

We thank Dr. Mark Copeland for the outline he provides freely.  His work and be viewed here.  A video of this essay can be viewed here.

Lastly these scriptures provide a contrast in their respective fruits.

James 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

Earthly wisdom is the perpetrator of confusion and every evil thing.

It is my humble opinion that it is earthly wisdom that leads to separations between bodies of Christian believers.

What kind of wisdom drives men to find comfort in being a Baptist rather than a Methodist? What wisdom was used to develop an affinity for being Lutheran? Which wisdom was applied to determine it might be superior to identify as a Presbyterian? Is it heavenly wisdom that causes us to segregate ourselves?

Earthly wisdom was pervasive in my church life. I once convinced myself that being a member of a Southern Baptist affiliated church was the direction I should take. My wife and I were members of a local Methodist congregation. We left both of those seeking unity and thought we found it in a church describing itself as a Bible church. It was actually a church closely affiliated with a Texas seminary.

It was earthly wisdom that led me to those places of worship and it was earthly wisdom that drove me from them. Those churches are filled with good people seeking God. My fellowship with each of those congregations was good. “Every good and perfect gift is from God.”

How can one body of believers determine from scripture that women in church leadership, particularly the role of Pastor, is appropriate, but another body of believers finds that practice to absolutely forbidden? Some bodies of believers accept homosexuality, but other bodies of believers condemn the practice if not the participants.

What kind of wisdom, heavenly or earthly, is used to make these decisions?

Confusion, contentiousness, strife and pride are evil things. These are too often manifested in local churches small and large. One person or a small group of people are persuasive. They can and often do lead to causing divisions in their churches for the sake of personal power, position, privilege and prestige.

The fruit of heavenly wisdom on the other hand produces peace.

James 3:18
Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

Peace is the fruit of heavenly wisdom. Confusion is defeated. Righteousness comes by way of heavenly wisdom.

The need to segregate ourselves is eliminated when all of heaven is brought to bear. With heavenly wisdom it is no longer a desire to pursue power, position, privilege or prestige. Our lives are complete in Him and in His will.

CONCLUSION

Scripture leads us to compare the Origin, the Nature and the Fruits of wisdom. It should be clear to us that heavenly wisdom is preferred.

Knowing what we prefer and knowing what scripture teaches can we say the wisdom we possess is heavenly?

Do you boast of your wisdom? If so, then earthly wisdom is what is preferred.

Do you work to please God? If so, then heavenly wisdom is what is preferred.

What kind of wisdom do you want for your life?

If earthly wisdom is what you wish, then there is little effort to be spent on your part. Sit back and let the world guide your walk. Slouch along and do what feels right.

If heavenly wisdom is your desire, then you must be diligent. It is critical to pray, to spend time in His Word and to conduct yourself in a way that pleases Him.

The Gospel of Christ Jesus requires wisdom. If the Gospel message does not cause a response in a person then earthly wisdom prevails. If the Gospel message compels you then it is an overwhelming desire to share what you know about Him with others.

Mark 16:15-16
The said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Acts 2:38
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Have you demonstrated “HEAVENLY WISDOM”?

About Jim Barnes

A man seeking to please the Lord. A man striving to abide in Christ Jesus. A man whose hope is to see just one more come into the fold.
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