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Transcript of wisdom
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding."
- Proverbs 2:6 "For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding"
- Colossians 1:9 "The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. "
- Isaiah 11:2 "My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power... not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom"
- 1 Corinthians 2:4-8 Wisdom of God J. I. Packer p. 121
"Thus, the kind of wisdom that God waits to give to those who ask him, is a wisdom that will bind us to himself, a wisdom that will find expression in a spirit of faith and a life of faithfulness." "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."
-James 1:5 Wisdom of Man Knowledge believe True Real Accumulated
through education, reading, thinking, conversation, and via experience
all to various degrees No-one knows everything,
not even 90% Relativistic Defeatist What you believe is basically your mere opinion and has no authority over me. What is true for you
may not be true for me. Knowledge of God
Omniscience Omnipotence Omni = All
Science = Knowledge
Potence = Power The Bible Packer p.101
"Wisdom without power would be pathetic,
a broken reed; power without wisdom would
be merely frightening; but in God boundless
wisdom and endless power are unified." Fear of God "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction."
-Proverbs 1:7 Packer p. 113
"Not till we have become humble and teachable, acknowledge our own littleness, distrusting our thoughts, and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can wisdom be ours." "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
-2 Timothy 3:16-17 Understanding Knowing 'what' doesn't mean
you understand 'why?' Philosophers have long seen understanding as
the final stage of 'conceptualising'. A concept is something general: a category;
or a cluster of lots of smaller parts e.g. ART
- Everything These larger categories form our worldview
(the framework we use to view the world) We interpret what we know through our worldview
which gives us ‘understanding’ and 'meaning' Trial and error Avoid pain, seek pleasure Is - Ought problem what we actually observe what we should observe There is no 'all pain' and 'all pleasure' Not all pain is bad (surgery)
Not all pleasure is good (rape) Man’s understanding of truth and reality inevitably results in superstition (something mysterious, supernatural, unknowable),
and idolatry (worship of created things) Inadequate Understanding Providence York Train Station analogy Packer p.115
"It is futile,: make no mistake about it." Perplexing trials Ecclesiastes The mature teacher passing on experience to the young disciple
'Vanity of vanities'
'Death comes to all' 'wise ones like fools' (2:14)
Evil runs rampant (3:16)
The wicked prosper, the good don't (8:14)
Trying to see God's aim in providence is aimless
The God who runs the world, hides from us.
Face the facts
You will have no true wisdom until you do We can only guess "Perhaps he means to strengthen us in patience, good humour, compassion, humility, or meekness, by giving us some extra practice in exercising these graces under specially difficult positions. Perhaps he wishes to break us of complacency, or unreality, or undetected forms of pride and conceit. Perhaps he has new lessons in self-denial and self-distrust to teach us. Perhaps his purpose is simply to draw us closer to himself in conscious communion with him; for it is often the case, as all the saints know, that fellowship with the Father and the Son is most vivid and sweet, and Christian joy is greatest, when the cross is heaviest. Or perhaps God is preparing us for forms of service of which at present we have no inkling." “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross, and follow Me."
-Matthew 16:24 Paul's "thorn in the flesh" "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."
-1 Corinthains 12:7-9 Satan's wager (Job) "The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
-Job 1:21 "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom."
-James 3:13 Philosophy Philos = love Philadelphia = city of brotherly love Philanphropic = love of mankind ($$) Sophia = Wisdom Conventional wisdom
"they say that" "Let him that would move the world, first move himself."
"The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
But he who heeds counsel is wise."
-Proverbs 12:15 God speaks wisdom God acts in wisdom "but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness."
-1 Corinthians 1:23 "And we know that all things work together for good to those
who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."
-Romans 8:28 Wisdom bears fruit Jesus said: "Wisdom is justified of her children."
-Matthew 11:19 Ecclesiastes (take two) "Fear God and keep his commandments" (12:13)
Live in the present and enjoy it thoroughly (7:14)
Present pleasures are God's good gifts
Don't be flippant, but be sure to have a laugh
Work hard and enjoy your work (9:10, 5:18)
Take advantage of whatever given opportunities
Actions Reactions Limited By what standard do you justify? "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."
-Confucius "If you want to be loved, love."
"Give an inch and they’ll take a mile."