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Rules Governing The Gift Of Wisdom

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1Cor 12:8 . . For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit

The koiné Greek word for "wisdom" is sophia (sof-ee'-ah); an ambiguous word that can indicate worldly smarts and/or heavenly smarts.

Worldly smarts would include fields such as tax consultants, financial advisors, fashion and style gurus, fitness coaches, lawyers, auto mechanics, physical therapists, golf pros, health specialists, viz: someone who, because of their expertise and/or education in a given field, qualifies them to render expert and/or professional counseling regarding a particular matter.

I really don't think 1Cor 12:8 is talking about professionals, rather, just ordinary people in church with a head on their shoulders, i.e. sensible, unusually canny people that others can look to for advice about a variety of life's thorny problems when they're stumped and don't know what they should do.

Just because someone has been around the block a time or two, and/or graduated from the school of hard knocks, doesn't make them "gifted" with the word of wisdom. No, the person we're talking about here gets their word of wisdom through the Spirit.

I often hear about a category of wisdom called common sense; which everybody is supposed to have but of which many seem deprived. It's a humanistic wisdom produced by the intellect of a three-pound lump of flabby organic tissue housed within humanity's bony little skulls. Well; the kind of sense we're talking about here isn't that, no, we're talking about the Spirit's sense. When someone in a church is endowed with that, they are a seriously valuable asset.

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Jacob's son Joseph had God-given smarts.

Acts 7:9-10 . . Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt; so he made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace.

Joseph's God-given smarts enabled him to do very well in Egypt in spite of his rather unfortunate circumstances. But the best thing is: Joseph himself not only benefited from God-given smarts, but so did his family and a countless number of desperate people in that day; helpless victims of a lengthy, wide-spread famine.

All spiritual gifts are meant for the benefit of more souls than just one's own.

1Cor 12:4-7 . . There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

Yes; for the "common" good rather than only one's own personal good.

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Post BBCode URL - Right click and save to clipboard to use later in post Post 3: Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:10 pm
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Solomon had God-given smarts.

1Kgs 3:12 . . I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.

1Kgs 3:28 . . All Israel held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.

1Kgs 4:29-31 . . God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than any other man.

1Kgs 10:24 . .The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.

Solomon was a prolific writer, but only three of his works survive in the Bible: Proverbs, Song, and Ecclesiastes. Proverbs is valuable as spiritual counseling, while Ecclesiastes is valuable as philosophical counseling.

There has never been an equal to Solomon's God-given smarts, but there has been someone's smarts superior to his. (Matt 12:42)

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Post BBCode URL - Right click and save to clipboard to use later in post Post 4: Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:29 pm
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God-given smarts aren't limited to politics and religion. He also equips selected people with practical smarts too; for example:

Ex 28:2-4 . .You shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. And you shall speak to all the skillful persons whom I have endowed with the spirit of wisdom, that they make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister as priest to Me.

Years ago I attended a very large church in San Diego whose minister of music decided the choir needed new robes. They were purchased from a vendor at what I thought was a ridiculous expense when the ladies' sewing club could have made them at no cost for labor, and with much cheaper fabric too that would have served just as well as the high-end stuff.

Somebody endowed with the gift of the word of wisdom needed to sit down with that director and talk to him about waste and abuse of church resources.

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Post BBCode URL - Right click and save to clipboard to use later in post Post 5: Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:16 pm
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1Cor 6:1-6 . . If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!

. . .Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church. I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother goes to law against another-- and this in front of unbelievers.

Someone "wise enough" refers to people in church with the gift of the word of wisdom. Actually the Corinthian church probably had some members with that gift but were not paid any attention due to the fact that they had no status. Here's an example of what I'm talking about.

Not long ago I was discussing the merits of the good shepherd spoken of in the tenth chapter of John's gospel. Well, the person with whom I dialogued finally got to the point where they could no longer dispute my points; so they closed the discussion with this remark:

"That is your opinion. But who are you? No one to be listened to, in my book. You are not one of the leaders which Jesus Christ has placed in the Church and through whom He speaks."

In other words; seeing as how I am neither an ordained minister, nor a church officer; then nothing I say on my own deserves to be taken seriously no matter how air-tight it appears to be.

My opponent's reasoning was logical, yes; but was it wise? No.

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Post BBCode URL - Right click and save to clipboard to use later in post Post 6: Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:50 pm
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Acts 6:1-4 . . In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.

. . . So the twelve gathered all the disciples together and said: It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.

Some churches have something called a Deacon's Fund set up to accomplish the very thing described in that passage. Point being, it's probably a good idea to follow the apostle's lead to appoint people with the gift of smarts to manage the fund because according to 1Tim 5:3-16, not just any widow qualifies for church assistance; and soft-hearted, soft-headed, careless churches are easy marks for fraud, waste, and abuse.

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