James 3:17 (KJV)
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
Summary & Intro:
Wisdom which comes from above, in its essential nature, is pure, it is clean, it is perfect. And of course, it must be, for it is the emanating fullness, in principle, of what God is in Truth. Because such wisdom must be sourced from the eternal Mind, the Pure and Holy One Himself, all that naturally radiates from that pure source will be consistent in it's nature with the source from which it came. Heavenly wisdom is true, and pure and right, Why? because God Himself is Truth, and Purity, and Righteousness. Like the sun rays that beam across space and bring the light and heat with it, we know that the ray only brings to us what it originally had from the sun, the source itself. To see and to measure the rays is essentially to see and measure the sun itself. Wisdom from above comes to us this way also, not as a product of human ingenuity and force, but as a divine gift and endowment by grace from above that illuminates us and the world around us. When we see man here below in the realms of clay, and dust, and sin, we must acknowledge that "no good thing dwells in this flesh", our minds are darkened by sin, and blinded in spiritual death. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man...". Man naturally lives in moral and spiritual confusion, rebellion, and ignorance. Unless Christ is reigning from within the heart of a subdued man, having regenerated him, converting the soul, renewing the man's mind after the Word of God, and redirecting and informing his perspectives and desires, there can be no purity about his understanding, his directions, his choices, his motives, nor his thoughts in the context of God's will. The will of God, becomes an inward living and implanted Word, which must be continually received from scripture with humility, so that, by grace, the visible light of obedience to higher wisdom may now radiate from that chosen vessel. This is to our great benefit in this world. When we willingly and knowingly, however, replace and confuse the will of God as revealed in scripture with the wisdom of men, with the proverbs of an unsaved world, and with the mantras of an ungodly society, then, like intruding clouds that litter the sky, something of this world interposes itself between the light of heaven and the way we see things here. How can we see clearly? We won't, and we can't, until the strength of the sun outshines them and burns up the morning fog of our thought life. Blessed are we, having the mind of God, who endeavor, by faith, to continually renew our minds after The Word of God, in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, by the supernatural illumination of The Holy Spirit, so that we might "prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
After some time in the US Navy as a Sonar Technician aboard Submarines, Austin moved to Panama City to be near his ailing mother as she fought a losing battle with lung cancer. Her loss was one of several during a brief period where this young man was faced with his own weaknesses and hopelessness. During this period of great breaking, The Lord Jesus Christ transformed a prideful and perverse drunkard into a humble witness of the cross. Today by God's redeeming grace, Austin labors as a preacher, a missionary, and the pastor of Christ Evangel Christian Fellowship.