“Who is wise and understanding?”
3:13a). This text asks an important question. Tonight let’s consider how the
Holy Spirit answers this question for us in God’s word, so that we can come to
understand how we may be considered “wise and understanding.”
The man that restrains his lips.
is found in many words (Prov. 10:19).
fool may be counted as wise through restraint (Prov. 17:28).
fool vents all his feelings (Prov. 29:11). ASV “uttereth all his anger”;
KJV “all is mind.” Heb. ruach “spirit, breath”—lit. “brings forth
all this spirit.”
to do so makes one’s religion useless (James 1:19, 26).
The man who wins souls (Prov. 11:30).
are spiritual beings (Gen. 2:7). Heb. Nephesh = “soul.”
New Testament distinguishes between soul and spirit (Heb. 4:12). A
general distinction seems to be: Soul=the purely animate part of man;
Spirit=the inner man which is like God.
= “Sensual” (James 3:15).
synonymous with spirit (Matt. 16:26).
win souls is to bring them to Jesus (James 5:19-20).
The man that hears and obeys (Matt. 7:24-27).
not just hearers (James 1:22-25).
The man that makes preparation.
and wise virgins (Matt. 25:1-13).
thief’s coming (Matt. 24:42-44).
The man that redeems his time (Eph. 5:15-16).
The man who knows Scripture (2 Tim. 3:14-15).
The wise man has good conduct (James 3:13-18).