Promises that God will give wisdom to the faithful

  • James 1:5 – 8
    • Must realize the need for God’s wisdom
    • Must ask without doubting
    • God will not think less of you for the request
  • Ephesians 1:7 – 10, 1:15 – 21  God’s grace abounds toward us in that we are given wisdom and understanding of His plan.
  • Colossians 1:9 – 12, 3:16  “…filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…”

How do we know we have received wisdom?

  • James 3:13 – 17
    • “Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.”  (Gentleness: gentle, pleasant, mild, calm, and friendly)
    • Envy and self-seeking, resulting in confusion, are from earthly wisdom.
    • Godly wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy (fixing the root cause of problems), and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
  • Matthew 11:19 “Wisdom is justified by her works.” (also Luke 7:35)
  • 1 Corinthians 1:17 – 2:13
    • Based on actions and evidence, not words.
    • Simplicity and human weakness, not manipulation and polish.
    • He who claims to be wise probably is not.  Look for the products of wisdom.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:12  Simplicity, sincerity, graciousness.
  • Colossians 2:20 – 23  Asceticism has the appearance of wisdom, but is of no value against fleshly indulgence.
  • Colossians 3:5 – 6  Redeeming the time, gracious and witty speech, adapting to the audience.