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Pastor Chuck Smith reminds us of the wisdom of God that is ours through relationship with the living Messiah, Jesus Christ. It’s not like the wisdom of this world. How careful we must be in our choices to listen and receive information.

“Now, we have the contrast of the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of God.  Now we have a contrast between the spirit of the world and the Spirit of God.  The spirit of the world is the spirit of rebellion, rebellion against God, against the things of God.  The Spirit of God, of course, is what we have received as the Holy Spirit teaches us, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.  Now, eye has not seen the worldly wisdom.  Their ears have not heard, it hasn’t entered into their hearts, but God has revealed unto us by His Spirit.  And this Spirit of God has caused us to know the things that are freely given to us of God.  The love, the salvation, the things freely given to us of God.  We know them by the Spirit.

In the fourteenth chapter of John, Jesus was talking to His disciples.  His last interchange with them, the evening that He was betrayed before the morning when He was crucified, their hearts are troubled because He has been talking about the fact that He is going away and where He is going they cannot come.  He’s been telling them about His being turned over to the hands of the Gentiles and being crucified and slain.  Their hearts are troubled because that’s not what they had been expecting of the Messiah. So He tells them, don’t let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God, believe also in Me.  Then He said, I’m not going to leave you as orphans.  I’m not going to forsake you.  But I will come to you.  He said, I will not leave you comfortless, but I will pray the Father and He will give you another Comforter, even the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot receive because it can’t see Him and it doesn’t know Him.  But you know Him for He dwells with you and shall be in you. 

Then a little further down in the same conversation, He said, but the Comforter which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring all things into your remembrance whatsoever I have commanded you. 

Then as they are going from the upper room over toward the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus said, but when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceeds from the Father, He shall testify of Me. 

Then, further down, in chapter sixteen of John, He said that I tell you the truth that it is expedient for you that I go away.  For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you, but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.  When He has come, He will reprove the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.  Of sin, because they believe not of me.  Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and you see Me no more.  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.  I have many things to you, but you cannot bear them now.  However, when He the Spirit of Truth has come, He will guide you into all truth, for He shall speak not of Himself but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak.  And He will show you things to come.  So the promise of the Holy Spirit, to be our instructor, to teach us, to show us things to come

So we have received, Paul said, the Spirit, which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” — Pastor Chuck Smith 

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