Friday, August 3, 2012

Gaining Wisdom

I have recently been in a discussion about a particular Study Bible.  One of the other scholars made the comment that all contributors must have a PH.D. after their name.  I argued that this is absurd.  Have we come to rely so heavily on academia that we forget the work of the Spirit?

James 1:5 says that if you lack wisdom you may request it from God.

The word wisdom in this verse is the Greek word σοφία (sophia).  Sophia has the meaning of:

the capacity to understand and, as a result, to act wisely—‘to be prudent, wisdom.

Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Vol. 1: Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: Based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition.) (383). New York: United Bible Societies.

Is it not possible that someone without a PH.D. behind their name could also be able to “rightly divide the Word of Truth?”  (2 Tim. 2:15)

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