Study # 59
November 4, 1998
Harlingen, Texas

Thesis: Wisdom that comes from God through men is characterized by seven key qualities which begin and end with proper motives. Introduction: In our study of true wisdom, we have seen that James says that the truly wise are those who have rejected the motive of self-exaltation. All of the words of the self-exalting are corrupted by that motive so that no matter how true or false the actual words are, the wisdom is corrupted and is, therefore, demonic. This evening we are going to look into James' characterization of the true wisdom that God gives from heaven through teachers that He has gifted for teaching and given to the Church. Interestingly, the characterization has seven parts, and it begins and ends with a focus upon the necessity for the absence of self-exaltation.