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14 But [de] if [ei] ye have [echo] bitter [pikros] envying [zelos] and [kai] strife [eritheia] in [en] your [humon] hearts [kardia], glory [katakauchaomai] not
[me], and [kai]
lie not [pseudomai] against [kata] the truth [aletheia].
15 This [houtos] wisdom [sophia] descendeth [esti][katerchomai] not [ou] from above [anothen], but [alla] is earthly [epigeios], sensual [psuchikos],
14 But if you have bitter
jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie
against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not
that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. NASB
Bitterness, envying, strife, jealousy, and selfishness
are all a part of the weaknesses making up the sin nature.
Sin begets sin begets sin, and just as a cancer that
goes on and on without being checked, sin will continue like a parasite, until
both the parasite and the host are totally consumed and dead.There is only one end for sin and the one who
There are two types of wisdom - spiritual wisdom which
is the only legitimate wisdom, and carnal wisdom which is totally false.
The false wisdom, or carnal wisdom, does not come from
Heaven.It is, as James states here, earthly,
natural, and demonic.
Earthly speaks to the carnal nature of humanity, or
the nature which exists outside of the spiritual realm.The non-spiritual aspects of ones existence.
Natural speaks to the animalistic attributes of ones character.The sensual attributes, the natural drives of
hunger, warmth, territorial characteristics, dominance, aggressive behaviors,
lust drives and so forth from the view of an animal, totally apart from reason
or human purpose.
Demonic speaks to the policies of Satan, which are
evil.Anything that is in total
opposition to truth.
So, there is no honor in the wisdom of this
world.It is totally corrupt and has no good
All earthly views are dishonest and lies.You cannot modify or compromise the truth,
which comes from God.And all attempts
to utilize truth, by modifying it even a little bit in order to justify or make
convenient your beliefs, results in your pretense of wisdom, when in fact your
are committing yourself totally to a world of delusion.
There is only one environment that is real and true
and that is the spiritual realm.Everything else is a divorce from reality.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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