Monday, April 9, 2018

Wisdom



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We always admire people with wisdom. We love to listen to their words.

Job asked, “From where then does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding? ~ Job 28:20


In the Psalms we read, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever". ~ Psalm 111:10

Wisdom almost always comes from difficult experiences. Lessons learned in trials and adversity. Not many get wise from Churchianity. You get wise from doing God's commandments.

Solomon admonishes us,"Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding".~ Proverbs 4:7

Moses Commands Obedience

“Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. Your eyes have seen what the Lord did at Baal Peor*; for the Lord your God has destroyed from among you all the men who followed Baal of Peor. But you who held fast to the Lord your God are alive today, every one of you.

* The meaning of Baal-Peorr: lord of the opening, a god of the Moabites (Numbers 25:3 ; 31:16; Joshua 22:17), worshipped by obscene rites. So called from Mount Peor, where this worship was celebrated, the Baal of Peor. The Israelites fell into the worship of this idol (Numbers 25:3 Numbers 25:5 Numbers 25:18; Deuteronomy 4:3; Psalms 106:28; Hosea 9:10).
 
“Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess. Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ ~Deuteronomy 4:5-6

Churchianity teaches that Christians a not under the Law. The Law was "done away" or "nailed to the cross" as they like to phrase it. This is one of the half-truths that denies the Word of God. Jesus paid the penalty for our sin, which is required under the Law. "The wages of sin is death." Romans 6:23

Another deception that Churchianity uses is to call God's Law "the Law of Moses". To be accurate, and in harmony with Scripture, the Law was given to Moses so he could impart it to us. All that has been "done away" are the animal sacrifices, the Levitical priesthood, and the death penalty for those who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. 

"And He Himself (Jesus) is the propitiation (the acceptable sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.~ 1 John 2:2

Jesus said: Do not think that I came to destroy the Law (the written word) or the Prophets (the spoken word). I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.~ Matthew 5:17 

What does the word "fulfill" mean? It means to complete, to actualize, to satisfy. Jesus satisfied the requirement of the Law, but did not do away with the Law.

There would be no knowledge of sin without the Law. "For until the Law, sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law".~ Romans 5:13

How can we know that we are following Jesus and not some man-made doctrine? Let's allow The Master to answer that question.

 

Build on the Rock


“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 

“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” ~Matthew 7:24-27

Churchianity wants to keep Christians as servants of the Lord. God wants sons and daughters. A servant obeys his Master because he fears him, a son obeys his Father because he loves Him.

Bringing Many Sons to Glory


For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethrensaying:
“I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” ~Hebrews 2:10-12 and Psalm 22:22