Two Kinds Of Wisdom

James 3:14-18–If ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.


The earthly, sensual, devilish kind: The lower wisdom is earthly, sensual, and devilish.  This speaks of its origin and character.  Earthly means it is related to the earth in its origin and character.   Sensual explains that this lower wisdom is received through the body and its five senses as distinguished from the intellect.  Devilish reveals that this lower wisdom is like or characteristic of the devil.  This lower wisdom produces envying which is a discontent and dissatisfaction with ones situation.  It produces strife, disagreements, and quarrels. This envying and strife then leads to confusion and disorder, and every work that is like or characteristic of the devil.

The Wisdom that is from above: The wisdom which is from above is higher and produces entirely different things, as you can see in the above portion of scripture.  This heavenly wisdom which is from above is taught by the Holy Spirit: 1 Corinthians 2:13 says, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual”.  God’s spiritual truth and wisdom is received through the teaching and revelation of the Holy Ghost and not through the teaching of man’s wisdom.  The wisdom of God is so much higher than man’s it is like the heavens height above the earth (Isaiah 55:8-9).  This wisdom is not received by man in his natural ability but is spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).  It is this wisdom that should guide us in this life.  This wisdom should direct our thoughts, words, and actions resulting in a life that is pure, peaceable, and gentle.  A life that is easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.  They will be peace makers manifesting the fruit of righteousness.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:5-8).  God gives liberally–he gives freely and generously and without blaming or scolding us.