The Doorpost: Distinguishing earthly wisdom from Godly wisdom

By Ray King  ·  Jan 25, 2021

“Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.“  
John 8:43-45

Our adversary the devil is a liar and the father of lies. There is no truth in him. We should carefully investigate whether things we hear are actually true. When we discover lies, we can know the father of lies must be involved.

Jesus told the religious leaders of His day that they could not understand what He was saying and couldn’t bear to hear His word because they were of their father, the devil. Those who do not trust God do not understand truth and may even be repulsed by it—sometimes violently. 

James 3:15-17 tells us that earthly wisdom is unspiritual and demonic and leads to disorder and every vile practice. 

However, there is wisdom from above that James tells us is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. By intentionally embracing God’s wisdom, we can protect ourselves from being deceived, deliberately rejecting lies and actively yet peacefully resisting those who practice and promote earthly wisdom.