1st February 2019 - Wisdom Filtering
Speaking with a non-Christian mentorlast night, I was once again amazed that there is such a difference between the wisdom of the world compared with the wisdom of the Kingdom. I've been trying to think of what that difference actually is and I think it's this: all wisdom and truth comes from God (wisdom without truth is not wisdom at all, for wisdom describes reality and reality is truth). So whoever knows God intimately is more aware of the truth of reality because God is the author of reality, and wisdom therefore, is grounded and has it's source in God. So when I listen to a believer speak, they speak with knowledge of the truth, which means their speech is often wise (remember that speech not founded in the truth of reality is not wise). Of course they might be misinformed or ignorant of the truth (despite being a believer) and therefore not be propounding wisdom.
Now when speaking to unbelievers, even if they don't realise where this truth comes from or are misinformed about it's source, because there is one absolute truth, they can still find a portion of the truth of reality. However, there is a tension because whilst they may have some knowledge of the truth, which would lead to some of their speech being wise, a lot of what they say is not truly wise. Even though I said at the start that there were two kinds wisdom, that is more of a 'façon du parler' and whilst the world thinks they know the truth and speak wisdom, because they do not actually have the knowledge of the truth of reality and of the Word, they instead speak folly. That being said - there are people of the Kingdom who speak folly and people of the world who speak wisdom. Therefore we all must have a filter through which we listen to the speech of others, a filter which receives all talk before letting it into our hearts and minds and before it is subsequently applied to our lives, affecting our thoughts and actions. So we take it to the truth: which is the Word: which is the person of Christ and which is taught to us by the Spirit.
But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him. - 1 John 2:27
But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. - John 15:26
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. - John 14:26
We can then parse out the actual wisdom from among all the speech of others - those of the world and the Kingdom alike. It is then that we take this wisdom, having gone through the filter of truth and let it impact our hearts and minds .In summary, I have found that there is a distinction between the talk of the world and the talk of the Kingdom and that we should exercise caution and awareness to discern from where is the person to whom we are speaking.
In summary, there is always a dichotomy to every principle - and so yes, there are Kingdom people who's speech will be discarded by the filter and worldly people who's speech will be kept. That being said, en général, we should adopt more of a stance of openness with those of the Kingdom and more of a stance of carefulness with those of the world, both of which, with humility, should be refined through our filter of truth, which is an ability given by the Spirit.
This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. - 1 Timothy 2:3-4
For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men. - 2 Timothy 3:6-9
And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his
opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, - 2 Timothy 2:24-25
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, - Hebrews 10:26
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, 1 Titus 1:1