James 1:5 NASB: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
For a Christian, a child of God, knowledge is knowing what is righteous and what is not righteous, according to God’s perspective.
For a Christian, a child of God, wisdom is knowing how to do that which is righteous and not do or avoid that which is not righteous, according to God’s perspective.
For a Christian, a child of God, discernment is knowing when, how and if to apply, that which is righteous and to be able to differentiate between righteous and not righteous, according to God’s perspective.
There is a lot of knowledge out in the world right now, but much of it is pertains to man’s perspective of knowledge, and not God’s perspective.
There is a lot of wisdom out in the world right now, but much of it pertains to man’s perspective of wisdom and not God’s perspective of wisdom.
There is a lot of discernment out in the world right now, but much of it pertains to man’s perspective of discernment and how to utilize man’s wisdom and ignore God’s perspective of wisdom and discernment.
Jesus told all of us who trust and believe in Him, to learn from Him (Matthew 11:29). We have in God’s Holy Word, the recorded words that Jesus spoke, we have the recorded actions that Jesus did and we can also note the actions or words that Jesus did not do or say.
Many people, both Christians and non-Christians, speak about truth and of course, truth is normally subjective. In other words, we can speak about the truths of a balanced diet or any number of subjective topics. But when Jesus said that He was the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6) He wasn’t talking about a way among many other ways or a truth among many other truths or a life among many other lives, Jesus is indeed making an exclusive statement about Himself. He is basically saying I and I alone at the way, the truth and the life.
Whether you realize it or not, that is a huge statement to make and in the last portion of John 14:6 Jesus specifically says “ . . . No one comes to the Father except through Me.” “No one” is exclusive and “except through Me” is exclusive.
There are multiple worldly ways and then there is God’s way, there are multiple worldly truths and then there is God’s truth and there are multiple worldly paths to life and then there is God’s path to life. One source is of the world and the other source is of God. Irrespective of multiple worldly ways, truths and life’s, and the reality that Jesus declared about Himself, they are not one and the same.
Did you ever notice how Jesus continually focused on the reality that the Kingdom of God was at hand? Did you ever notice how civil and worldly events were not the primary focus, or of any particular focus for that matter, in all of the New Testament, other than inferences of worldly behaviour not to continue doing or what would eventually happen to this world and all that is in it ? Do you ever wonder why that is? Or better yet, did you ever wonder how in the Great Commission that Jesus gave to the Church, there is but one message and that is: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
If that is the singular commission that Jesus gave us, where divine knowledge, wisdom and discernment supersedes worldly knowledge, wisdom and discernment, why it is that we continue to try to mix the two, in our message to the world? I can’t help but think that we are trying to mix oil and water and the truth of the matter is that they are different liquids and try as we might, over time, they eventually return to their different whole separate states.
So my question is as follows: Considering that Jesus gave us implicit instructions to “teach them to observe all that I commanded you”, do we error when we introduce mixed (worldly/divine) sources into our message to the lost? When politics becomes involved, when worldly conspiracies are introduced, when the validity of medical science is questioned, does that strengthen our message or weaken it? And who stands to gain and who stands to lose when we mix the two?
Looking forward to your responses!
Something to think about.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!