The Gifts of Knowledge and of Wisdom
Knowledge is information. Wisdom is the right use of that information to achieve the proper ends. Wisdom correlates and controls the use of our knowledge.
The first two gifts mentioned in I Corinthians 12, are the gifts of wisdom and knowledge. (Verse 8) Since the gifts are closely related, both gifts will be studied in this lesson.
I. The Word of Knowledge
A. Its application to the Word of God.
"Study to show thyself approved" "give attendance
Note: Those using that gift have given us books on systematic theology,k commentaries, word studies, Bible themes, etc.
2. The knowledge gift is the supernatural ability to illuminate God's thoughts not discoverable by human reason.
3. This enables other believers to acquire deeper insight into divine truth.
B. Knowledge helps others only when communicated.
Note: The gift of teaching emphasizes communication of knowledge; there can be no communication unless the knowledge to be delivered is "packaged" for delivery.
2. Knowledge of the truth will keep people from seeking "experience" apart from the truth. (Ephesians 4:14-15)
3. Knowledge will direct zeal properly. ("They have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge." Romans 10:1-4)
C. Knowledge of four basic doctrines calls
for our ability to think.
2. The doctrine of revelation implies the ability of man to grasp God's thoughts. ("But we have the mind of Christ." 1 Corinthians 2:16; Phillipians 2:5)
3. the doctrine of redemption involves renewal of our minds. (Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:16)
4. The doctrine of judgment states that God will judge us by knowledge. (Revelations 20:12-13; Matthew 16:27; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelations 22:12)
D. A large portion of Paul's ministry in
Ephesus was given to knowledge.
"All they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus" Acts 19:10
E. We are all called upon to grow in this
area. (I Peter 3:18)
II. The Word of Wisdom "If any man ask wisdom is made unto us wisdom" John 1:5-9)
Note: Wisdom operates in the area of applying knowledge to vexing situations, complex problems, needing right and wrong to be exposed. Then can the truths of God's Word be applied to the problems of life.
A. Wisdom given for a needy moment. (Matthew
1. Peter's two defenses before the Sanhedrin.
2. Stephen's answer had such power that the Jewish leaders "were not able to resist." (Acts 6:10)
Note: Later, his defense was characterized by such wisdom that the only answer the council could give was to stone him. (Acts 7:54)
3. Paul spoke with the gift of wisdom.
Note: During Paul's lifetime he used the gift
of wisdom to make several defenses of the faith: 1) Before
a raging mob at Jerusalem, Acts 22:1;
B. Answering an unbelievers arguments with
2. Paul exercised the gift.
Note: Paul used a discipline presently called, apologetics, meaning defense. He had the ability to refute the arguments of unbelievers and remove stumbling blocks which kept them from trusting Christ.
"Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." I Peter 3:15.
C. Through wisdom, we are given solutions
2. The first recorded church conflict was settled by men with wisdom. (Acts 6:3)
3. Paul, in wisdom, chose to go to Rome rather
than risking ambush when returning to Jerusalem, by those
seeking his life.
4. Paul encouraged the church to use wisdom in settling disputes between brethren, rather than going to law. (I Corinthians 6:5)
Note: The gift of wisdom does not create confusion, envy, or strife, but rather comes with gentleness, mercy, and peace. (James 3:15-18)
D. Apply wisdom to practical conduct.
2. Most of Paul's epistles have a two-sided base of knowledge and wisdom.
Note: The book of Ephesians could be divided in half.
Chapters 1-3, dealing with knowledge, presenting deep truths about the high and holy calling of the church.
Chapters 4-6, dealing with wisdom, applying these truths to situations such as the home, (husband, wife, children) employment, (masters, servants) speech, anger, honesty, industry, kindness, sobriety, joyful thanksgiving.
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." (James 1:5-9)
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