Wisdom 

The Bible talks of two contrary wisdoms: 

James 3:15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ― Aristotle

“Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy” ― Ludwig van Beethoven

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” ― Socrates

“Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.” ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

1 Cor. 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”

DIVINE WISDOM 

Our Christianity isn’t just another option out there – for personal development or self-help.

A Few Things Worldly Wisdom Can’t Do 

Col. 2:23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship (self-made religion), their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. (NIV)

1 Cor. 1:19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

1 Cor. 1:20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

1 Cor. 1:21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 

Making Jesus Lord of our lives positions us for this: 

James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. (ESV)

NOTICE the characteristics of wisdom from above: 

ATTACHED THOUGHTS: 

Bible Examples of Who Needed Wisdom 

Luke 2:40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favour of God was upon him. (ESV)

Luke 2:46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

Luke 2:47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. (ESV)

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and man. (ESV) 

Jesus was a carpenter in His hometown: 

Matt. 13:54 and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? (ESV)

Joseph Needed it 

Acts 7:10 and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favour and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. (ESV)

How Wisdom Can Be Helpful? 

To Serve God 

Acts 6:3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.

Communication 

Luke 21:15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. (ESV)

Acts 6:10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.

As A Witness

Col. 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. (ESV)

Our Conduct 

James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. (ESV)

NOTE: Two Places Wisdom Works 

One: A spirit of wisdom in the knowledge of Him 

Eph. 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, (ESV)

Q: Why could this be a specific type of wisdom? 

This is an establishing of our true identity 

1 Cor. 2:6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.

1 Cor. 2:7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.

1 Cor. 2:13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.  (ESV)

Eph. 3:10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. (ESV)

Two: Wisdom to Build the Kingdom and Our Lives 

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (ESV)

Type and shadow – build in O.T. – wisdom to cut stones and build temple – we have wisdom to build the body of Christ 

How to Receive Wisdom: 

Receive Jesus as Lord 

1 Cor. 1:30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, (ESV)

It Is Learned

Acts 7:22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds. (ESV)

It Is to Be Asked For 

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (ESV)

It Can Be Prayed For 

Eph. 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, (ESV)