The Cleansing Power of Christ's Blood and God's Call to Holiness | 07/30/2014
The Bible declares that all men have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (Rom.3:23)
1. We Cannot Cleanse Ourselves; So, God took the Steps to Cleanse Us
In Eden, He provided the skin to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve (Gen.3:21)
He provided an Altar. He provided a Temple and ordained the Sin Offering (Exo.29:14)
Then, He became the Sin Offering (Heb.10:8-10)
Jesus said, “Unless I wash you, you have no part in me” (Jn.13:8)
2. The Price of our Washing Was Very Great
Something gets spent up for the washing of any dirt. You may use detergents, shampoos, and, of course, a lot of water. But, all these couldn't cleanse us. The price of our cleansing was the Blood of Jesus (1Jn.1:7; Rev.7:14)
3. The Power of Christ’s Blood is Total: The Cleansing is Absolute
“You are clean”, "completely clean" (Jn.13:10) – He alone can clean; He has the authority
He has fully forgiven all our sins – cast them on His back. Remembers our sins no more. He has cleansed us of all sins, past, present, and future (Psa.103:12)
4. He Calls us to Cleanse ourselves
In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil. (Pro 16:6 NKJ)
--Atonement is Provided by Christ
--Our Responsibility is to depart from evil
God has called us to holiness. He calls us to cleanse ourselves (1Thess.4:7; James 4:8,9)
Pursuit of Holiness | 07/30/2014
Holiness is not a Mount Everest.
To many people today, holiness seems to be as unscalable as Mt. Everest. Not that they haven’t tried; but, each time they attempted the climb, their efforts (successful to a level) soon met with frustrations. Sometimes, it was the roughness of the climb, then sometimes it would just be the weather, the winds of circumstances blowing hard on them. Many times, the pull of comfort from the world below is so strong that they turn back too easily. But, sadly, the higher the climb, the more crushing the fall.
The desire for holiness is nothing but the desire for God. God is the source of holiness (Exo.28:36). He alone is holy (Isa.6:3). The holiness of anything is not inherent in itself; it is holy because of its relation with God. Thus, for humans, holiness is a relationship. We are separated from the world unto God. The phrase “unto God” is central.
Also, the very desire for holiness is a characteristic of being born again. When we were sinful humans, our desires, tastes and preferences were different. A smoker could smoke a pipe and feel proud about it. Men and women would flirt and feel nothing bad about it. But, a born again Christian will never be happy with sin (Rom.6:20-22). Because, the new man cannot sin, anyone born of God will not sin (1Jn.5:18). Not that Christians don’t fall into temptation, but, temptation is a struggle for them – they love holiness and desire holiness. It is their high calling. “We are called unto holiness” (1Thess.4:7; 2Tim.1:9). The Holy Spirit is zealous within us to produce the salvation of God (James 4:5). He lusts for our sanctification while the flesh lusts for sin (Gal.5:17). Holiness is not possible without the Holy Spirit (1Pet.1:2).
Holiness is possible only through Christ. Unless He washes us we have no part in Him (Jn.13:8).
There are various views about sanctification. In some way or the other, they are all speaking the truth. John Wesley said that sanctification means perfection in love; when it is impossible for us to not love, we reflect the holy nature of God (1Jn.5:1-4).
There is a story of Richard Wurmbrand, who was pastor of the underground Church in Romania. He was arrested and put into solitary confinement for many years. One of the police officers was surprised that Wurmbrand didn’t hate his torturers; instead he loved them. He asked him why he did that and Wurmbrand answered that it is impossible for him not to love because he is a child of God and God is love. The officer later accepted Christ and went to prison.
The Keswick theologians said that sanctification can only happen when we stop trying to be holy in our own strength and surrender absolutely to God. The well known phrase was “Let Go, Let God”. Certainly, we cannot sanctify ourselves. It is the altar that sanctifies the gift. Many times we struggle against sin with our own power; but, God never meant us to do that. It is like a man sent by his Company on business; the Company covers all his expenditures, but somehow he believes that he has to spend it from his own pocket because he wants to show that he is not so poor; and so is burdened. There comes a time when his pride has to break. In God’s case, it is much more different. He wants us to surrender our pockets to Him. Unless we surrender, He cannot sanctify us. Remember the young rich man who came to Jesus. He was not willing to surrender everything. That was the only thing that hindered him from entering the Kingdom of God. What is it that you love above God? We can only be purified in total surrender, in total love.
Now, while it is true that we must grow on the foundation of faith; it is important for us to understand that there is nothing like partial holiness in the Kingdom of God. From God’s perspective, we are sanctified by faith in Christ. There is nothing like the division between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. The Veil has been torn in the Body of Jesus (Mark 15:38; Heb.10:20). We are called the Most Holy Place of God (1Cor.3:16). We are the Temple of God. And, in Christ we are complete (Col.2:10). There is nothing like partially holy and partially unholy things. Something is either holy or unholy. We must believe that holiness is not something that we do; holiness is what we are in Christ. The new man is spotless and sinless.
However, in our practical life on earth, the struggle remains. We are called to pursue holiness (Heb.12:14). Again, this holiness is not separate from Christ. What is meant is that our conduct must align with God’s calling for our lives. If we fail to produce the fruit, there is the danger of being blotted out (Rom.11:16, 20,21; Rev.3:5). There is another picture that comes in here. It is of the Vine and the branches (Jn.15:1).
A branch grafted into the Vine will produce the fruit of the Vine; however, if it doesn’t abide (and the choice is ours), it is cut off. Therefore, the command is to pursue holiness, to hunger for purity, and to be holy and God is holy.
5 Essentials in the Cleansing ProcessThere are many pictures that can be chosen, but let’s chose the Biblical picture of cleansing vessels.
1. We Cannot Be Clean without Christ
We are only clean as long as we are in Christ (Col.1:23). Before we were in Christ we were vessels on the street, full of dust and dirt. But Christ brought us in and cleansed us for His service.
2. Cleansing is both External and Internal (the Internal more Important)
Jesus said to the Pharisees that they were clean outside, but dirty inside. Holiness is both internal and external. The Pharisees thought that Jesus was getting polluted because He was associating with sinners, but Jesus said that He came to seek the lost. They judged His disciples as not fasting, not paying tax, not washing hands, doing work on Sabbath. Jesus pointed out that the internal is more important than the external (Matt.23:25,26). He said that all uncleanness proceeds from within (Mark 7:21-23). The within must be cleansed. Secondly, it should be filled with good things; or else, it will turn worse – the evil spirit returns with 7 stronger ones (the latter state is worse than the former, Matt.12:45). David said that God desired truth in the inner being (Psa.51:6). How is your internal state before God?
3. Cleansing is a Daily Responsibility
Does it mean that we get dirty everyday? Or does it mean that we are getting progressively cleansed so that one day we become clean just before we die? I don’t think the latter is true. God wants to use us today; He wants us clean everyday. We grow in maturity; but, holiness is positional and regular. We need to be continuously clean. (2Tim.2:19-22). In order to be useful, we must be clean. Judas failed to be clean and so fell away from the Twelve (Jn.13:10,11). It is important to ensure that we purify ourselves daily from all defilements of flesh and spirit (2Cor.7:1) because we have been separated for the use of God.
Sanctification positionally is ground for cleansing regularly. We are cleansed by His Word (correction, Jn.15:3). We are cleansed by His Blood (forgiveness, Col.1:14).
4. Cleansing always involves a price
You don’t get anything clean without paying something for it. In the OT, it always involved a sacrifice. In NT, Christ paid the price; however, we need to also understand that discipleship is costly (Lk.14:26,27; Heb.12:1-4). Cheaper things will cost our life. The maintenance charges are high; but, the main price is paid by the Lord. He bought us. It is our responsibility to follow Him. You buy a vessel, but you need to use water and detergent to clean it. If you want to be clean you must spend time in the Word of God, fellowship, prayer. Just 120 minutes on Sunday is not enough. It is not automatic. It involves a price.
5. Cleansing is not always a painless process.
Peter says that he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin (1Pet.4:1). The desire for an easy life brings more trouble. David didn’t fall into sin in the battle field; but, when taking a lazy walk. The process does involve struggle against and resistance of sin (Heb.12:4; 1Pet.2:11).
Fire is the purifying agent. Faith-love-works-patience-truth are connected.
Perfecting Holiness in the Fear of the Lord (2Cor.7:1) | 07/30/2014
The word used for cleansing in the Greek is a Levitical, temple word. The priests were very fearful of the Lord.
They knew the fear of the Lord. The New Testament Christians also know this. For instance, they understood what it meant when the Bible said “God is a consuming fire”. They knew it when the Bible said that God will remove the candlestick. God is love but He also put an end to Ananias and Sapphira, as soon as they sinned. It created fear in the people (Acts 5:10,11).
Sadly, today, there is a lack of emphasis on the fear of the Lord. People are afraid that if we speak about a fearful God, people will run away. But, the problem is people are already away; and it makes less difference if we don’t tell them that they must repent from their sins and step into the path of holiness.
The main problem in the world is sin. It is a problem because God is holy.
Holiness is perfected in the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord includes the love of God. It is a reverential fear. It is not being terrified. But, we need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling “knowing the terror of the Lord.”
Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. (Act 9:31 NKJ)
Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. (Act 19:16-17 NKJ)
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness (2Pe 3:10-11 NKJ)
Blessings of the Fear of the Lord
1. The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him
The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy. (Psa 147:11 NKJ)2. Fear of the Lord is Joyful
Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. (Psa 2:11 NKJ)3. Fear of the Lord is Clean
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. (Psa 19:9 NKJ)4. Fear of the Lord is Brings Wisdom
The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. (Psa 25:14 NKJ)5. Fear of the Lord Brings Deliverance
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. (Psa 111:10 NKJ)
The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility. (Pro 15:33 NKJ)
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,6. Fear of the Lord Brings Sufficiency
To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.
(Psa 33:18-19 NKJ)
The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. (Psa 34:7 NKJ)
Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.7. Fear of the Lord Ensures Physical Health and Long Life
The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. (Psa 34:9-10 NKJ)
By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life. (Pro 22:4 NKJ)
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.8. Fear of the Lord purifies us
It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.(Pro 3:7-8 NKJ)
The fear of the LORD prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened. (Pro 10:27 NKJ)
The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil. (Pro 19:23 NKJ)
In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil. (Pro 16:6 NKJ)The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord
--Atonement Provided by Christ
--We depart from evil
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.Fear of the Lord must be Taught
His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; (Isa 11:2-3 NKJ)
Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD (Psa 34:11 NKJ)It is not the spirit of worldy fear; but of godly fear.
Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name (Psa 86:11 NKJ)
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Rom 8:15-16 NKJ)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2Ti 1:7 NKJ)
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. (1Pe 3:15-16 NKJ)
Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested." (Rev 15:4 NKJ)
Purity in Living | 07/30/2014
We are purified by the Blood of Jesus (Heb.9:22,23)
We have been purified by obedient faith in the Blood of Jesus through the Spirit (1Pet.1:22; Rom.3:25)
We Live in Purity
- By Faith in God's Word(Jn. 15:3)
- In Confession and Repentance (James 4:8-9; 1Jn.1:7)
- Towards Sincere Love (1Pet 1:22)
- Through Testing (1Pet 4:1)
7 Hebrew Words for PRAISE | 07/29/2014
|Yadah, To Lift Up Hands in Praise|
The Sacrifice of Praise as an Offering; Confession, Praise, Thanksgiving (Psa.100:4; 50:14, 23).
The Bible says that obedience is better than sacrifice of animals (1Sam.15:22). No praise and worship can be accepted before God unless the heart has first broken on the altar of God. That is the best praise. Towdah flows out of brokenness and self-surrender.
To Throw, Lift up Hands in Praise, Be Thankful. (Psa.100:4; 134:2; 63:1).
Yadah is praise that flows out of gratitude to God for who He is and His great goodness and mercies.
To Make Melody to God With Instruments (Psa.33:2; 71:22).
One may not have instruments to play upon and yet make melody in the heart unto the Lord (Eph.5:19). Zamar is praise in the sweetness of music.
To Sing Song or Hymn of Praise (Psa.22:3; 33:1; 40:3; Isa.61:3).
Tehillah is praise that is expressed in a song or a hymn unto God. It is not a performance or show before men, but is a song in the spirit unto God.
To Praise, To Boast of, To Flash (Shine). Hallelujah! (Psa.22:22).
Halal is to lift up and magnify the Lord; to speak highly of God and exalt His name through high praises.
To Bless, Bow Down, Be Quiet (Psa.145:21; 95:6; 34:1).
Barak is praise that flows out of worship and deep reverence of the Lord. It speaks goodly of God and finds blessedness in blessing God.
To Commend, Shout in Praise (Psa.63:3; 47:1; 145:4; Isa.12:6).
Shabach is praise through proclamation and loud exclamation. It is to laud the Lord.
Christ-Likeness | 07/29/2014
The Bible calls us to Christ-likeness (Gal. 4:19)
|The Bible calls us to Christ-likeness|
1. Being Christ-like in Attitude (Phil.2:5-8)
2. Being Christ-like in Serving Each Other (Jn.13:3-5, 13-15)
3. Being Christ-like in Forgiving Each Other (Eph.4: 31,32; 5:1,2)
4. Being Christ-like in Suffering Injustice (1Pet.2:19-23)
5. Being Christ-like in Prayer (Heb.5:7)
6. Being Christ-like in Pressing Forward (Heb.12:1-4)
7. Being Christ-like in Death (Phil.3:10)
8. Becoming Christ-like at His Coming (1Jn.3:2,3)
Do Not Judge! | 07/29/2014
Other than unbelief, perhaps one of the greatest sins among the saints is the attitude and action of judging others. The Bible strictly forbids us against judging anyone because none of us can stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ without the grace of Christ.
Jesus Commands Us Not To JudgeThe new commandment which Jesus gave us tells us to love one another (John 13:34; 1Jn.2:8-11; 2Jn.1:5).
Jesus commanded us under the New Covenant not to judge anyone (Matt.7:1).
He showed us the reasons why we should not judge anyone.
--All of us have sinned and stand condemned without the mercy and grace of Jesus (Jn.8:7; Rom.2:1)
--Jesus did not come to judge but to save (Jn.12:47; 3:17)
--He taught us that anyone who judges others is worthy of hell fire (Matt.5:22)
--He taught that the one who judges others must not think that he is better (Matt.7:2-5; Luke 13:1-6)
--He taught that we must focus on correcting ourselves before trying to correct others (Matt.7:2-5)
New Testament Reasons Not To Judge--We all stand or fall by faith, according to the grace of God, not by any merit of ours (Rom.11:20)
--By judging others we condemn ourselves (Rom.2:1; James 5:9)
--There is only one Judge and He is coming soon (James 5:9)
--God justifies the sinner who humbles himself than the Pharisee who condemns others with a self-righteous attitude (Lk.18:10-14).
Why People Judge Others--They lose sight of the imperatives of the grace of God over their own lives (Matt.18:32,3; 2Pet.1:7-9; Eph.4:31,32)
--They allow the spirit of jealousy (1Sam.8:8-10)
--They allow the spirit of bitterness over past hurts (Eph.4:26,27, 29-32; Heb.12:15)
--They allow the spirit of doubt and evil suspicions (1Tim.6:4)
Receiving Each Other with Brotherly Love--Aquinas and Priscilla show us example of how they received Apollos positively and helped him (Acts 18:24,25)
--We must lovingly and patiently accept the ones who are weak in faith (Rom.15:1; 1Cor.8:1)
--We must not allow our knowledge to become a stumbling block for others; in other words, there are certain aspects of liberty that we may need to forego in order to win some (1Cor.8:9-13)
--If anyone is caught in sin, we must be willing to gently restore them (Gal.6:1).
--If anyone persists in sin, the elders must rebuke with the attitude to save, not to condemn (1Tim.5:20; 2Tim.2:25)
--We must not listen to gossip and be influenced by slander (Prov.20:19; 26:20)
--Do not listen to accusations against any spiritual elder without two or three witness (1Tim.5:19)
What Must We Do?--Love all with the love of Christ (Eph.5:2)
--Do not give in to the spirit of suspicion or negative assumptions; don't listen to feelings (Exo.20:16)
--Think through their eyes (Job 6:1-3)
--Speak God's truth in love (Eph.4:15)
--Be patient with people (Rom.15:1; Eccl.7:8; 1Tim.5:14)
--Don't get offended (1Cor.13:5)
--Don't think evil; but, always look at the better side (1Cor.13:5)
--Consider others as better (Phil.2:3)
Ten Principles on Money for All Fulltime Workers (Zac Poonen) | 07/29/2014
From the book Principles of Serving God (1999)
1. Never make your financial needs known to anyone but God (Phil.4:19).
2. Never accept money from unbelievers (3Jn. 7).
3. Never expect any gifts from anyone (Ps.62:5).
4. Never allow anyone to control you or influence your ministry by giving you money.
5. Never accept money from those who don't receive your ministry.
6. Never accept money for your personal or family needs from anyone poorer than you.
7. Never be dependent on any man for your financial needs.
8. Never handle God's money in a way that would cause others to suspect mishandling (2Cor.8:20,21).
9. Never be excited when you receive money.
10. Never be depressed when you lose money.
Few Principles of Financial Prosperity | 07/29/2014
The Bible teaches us the true path of prosperity. The Bible is not poverty minded; in fact, it teaches us principles that will help us live successfully in this world. It teaches us the wisdom and skill necessary to use the world without relying on or being attached to it (1Cor.7:31). If anyone thinks that the Bible does not teach us the wisdom of success, then he may have to throw away a great chunk of the Bible. But, we must not forget some basic principles. Again this is not about some prosperity gospel, but about knowing the way of God's kingdom.
1. Put God First
God is able to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory (Phil 4:19), but we must remember that He only fulfills the desires of those who first delight in Him (Ps.37:4). If our heart has no interest in the things of God and in the work of God, then it proves that we are not delighting in Him. But, to those who love Him He works all things together for good (Rom. 8:28).
|Seek first God's Kingdom! (Matt 6:33)|
But this also means that we seek first God's kingdom and His righteousness (Matt.6:33). It means to honor God with the best of our possessions (Prov.3:9). It means to love the Lord with all our soul, our strength, our heart, and our mind.
2. Do Not Let Wealth Be Your MasterJesus said that man cannot serve both God and mammon, or money (Matt.6:24).
--We must not allow the Love of Money (1Tim.6:9,10)
--We must not allow the Pride of Money (1Tim.6:17)
--We must not allow the Trust in Money (1Tim.6:17b)
3. Work HardGod prescribed work for humans. He said, "Six days you shall work...." (Exod. 20:9). The Bible warns that the one who doesn't work must not also eat (2Thess.3:10). Check our study on the Lazy for what the Bible says about such. The Bible tells us to never give up or lag behind in diligence (Ro.12:11). He who works hard will eat the fruit of his labors (2Tim.2:6). A man who hardly works will hardly have anything left. But, remember to also separate your sabbaticals for sharpening the ax (Eccl.10:10).
4. Owe No One AnythingIn other words, do not become a debtor to people. Debts ruin economies. The Old Testament never allowed debts beyond one's last surety, his cloak. Yet, people often ended up in slavery because of debts. The Bible commands us not to be indebted to anyone in anything except in love (Rom.13:8).
5. Be Merciful and Generous to the PoorThe Bible says that he who gives to the poor lends to the Lord and God pays it back (Pro.19:17). The Bible calls us to mercy and generosity in the same way that God has shown mercy and generosity to us (Matt.18:32,33). God blesses the generous hearted (Pro.11:25; 22:9).
6. Be Careful Who You Associate WithDo not get into business with winebibbers and gluttons (Prov.23:21). Do not associate with darkness and be unequally yoked with unbelievers (2Cor.6:14). Do not receive gifts for God's work from unbelievers (3Jn.1:7). Do not eat the bread of a miser (Prov.23:6). This doesn't mean we become isolated (1Cor.5:10); however, we must be wise about who we work with and what we do.
7. Pay All Dues, TaxesWe must pay what belongs to the government to the government, and what belongs to God to God (Matt.22:21). We must pay all taxes and customs due (Ro.13:7).
8. Share Your Personal Needs With God AlonePrayer must be a moment of intimacy and privacy with God. Don't waste time sharing needs with people. Invest your precious moments with the Father who specifically cares and selflessly loves you (Matt.6:5). He does answer the secret prayer of a heart that trusts solely in God. He cares to give (Matt.7:9-11).
Gaining Wisdom | 07/29/2014
- Desire wisdom above wealth or pleasure (Prov.8:10-11; 16:16)
|Get Wisdom! (Pro.4:7)|
- Be humble. Wisdom dwells with the meek and lowly (Prov.11:2; James 3:13; Prov.15:33; 22:4)
- Ask God for wisdom (James 1:5; 1Kgs.3:9-14; Prov.2:6)
- Fear (Honor) God and depart from evil, it’s the first step to wisdom (Prov.1:7; 8:13)
- Study the Scriptures (2Tim.3:15; Col.3:16)
- Obey His commandments, practice what the Bible says; it opens our understanding (Deut.4:5,6; Psa.111:10; Heb.5:12-14; John 7:17)
- Be willing to actively practice wisdom and apply it to life situations, trusting in the circumstantial guidance of God (Prov.32:8-9; Matt.7:24; Eph.5:15)
- Study God’s wisdom in His creation (Psa.19:1-2; Rom.1:20; 8:1-9)
- Receive wisdom from God’s creatures; we can learn even from a tiny ant (Prov.6:6-8; 1Kgs.4:33)
- Walk (Associate) with the wise (Prov.13:20). Bad friendships can damage thinking and behavior ((Prov.1:10; 1Cor.15:33)
- Listen to instruction and correction (Prov.8:33; 9:9; 13:1; Eccl.7:5)
- Commune with God in the innermost being (Psa.51:6)
- Safeguard wisdom (Prov.3:21)
- Pray to God for the gifts of the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge (1Cor.12:8,31).
**Remember that Jesus is the Wisdom and the Power of God and in Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The first act of the Holy Spirit in the heart of man is the light that shines within giving one the knowledge of Christ (1Cor.1:24; 12:3; Col.2:3; 2Cor.4:6). Know Jesus, Know Light; No Jesus, No Light. Jesus is not one of the ways to receive God’s wisdom. He is the Wisdom of God.
Qualities of Divine Wisdom (James 3:17)
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity). (Amplified Bible)