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From the very beginning, God’s “revelation” to mankind has been on a need to know basis. This fact has been true from the creation of Adam up to the time of Moses (approximately 2,000 years – before the written “Scripture of Truth”); and from Moses’ time up to the death of the Apostle John (approximately 2,000 years – during the writing and recording of the “Oracles of God”, i.e. the “Scripture of Truth”); and from the death of the Apostle John up to the present time (approximately 2,000 years – after the close of the “Canon” of the “Scripture of Truth”).

God’s “revelation” to His people (Old Testament “saints” & New Testament “saints”) has been “progressive” – both in the number and kind of Books of the Holy Scriptures, and in the steady advancement and factual exposition of His Truth to His people over the years.

I undertook this study with the sincere intention of learning the Scriptural Definition for each of the words knowledge; discernment; understanding; and wisdom. But the more I searched the Scriptures for the definition of each word, the more I came to realize that I have only begun to understand the Scriptural “meaning” for each of the words.

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DISCERNMENT {Discern – Discerned}

I have debated with myself as to which comes FIRST – “Discernment” or “Understanding”? And I still haven’t fully made up my mind. However, I believe that it is possible to be able to discern the difference between “spiritual things” without necessarily fully understanding “WHY”.

FIRST OCCURRENCE IN SCRIPTURE {“discern”, “discerned”, etc.}
[Genesis 27:23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him.]

In this world there exist various kinds of “DISCERNMENT”. It is important for Bible believers to distinguish between “worldly discernment” (i.e. “discernment” that is not spiritual, but which is carnal; human; temporal; and secular) and “Spiritual Discernment” (i.e. “discernment” that is given by God, and which comes directly from God).

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People’s pre-conceptions and miss-conceptions of the “meanings” of Biblical words are extremely difficult to deal with.  The Scriptural study of the words Knowledge, Discernment, Understanding, and Wisdom has opened my eyes to my own miss-understanding of some of these words; and at the same time has demonstrated to me (once again) how much I still don’t know about the “deep things” [1 Corinthians 2:10] concerning the word of truth.  

All humans possess a body, a soul, and a spirit (our “substance”); we also possess a heart, a mind, and a conscience (our “faculties”). I believe that we acquire worldly, temporal, secular, or carnal “knowledge” mainly through the faculty of the mind (our “intellect”) and that we can also acquire “Bible Knowledge” (“knowledge” about the Bible and/or Bible “subjects”) with this same “faculty”.

It is my firm belief that the basic “problem” with most of today’s “Christian Schools” (Primary, Secondary, Colleges, Universities, and Seminaries), and nearly all of the many “Christian” Schools established since the beginning of the Reformation, is the adoption of worldly and carnal teaching “methods” (Humanistic courses, curriculum, and programs - aimed solely at the mind). Or to put it another way – “Bible” or “Christian” subjects are being taught simply for the sake of “knowledge” alone, with very little thought (or care, or consideration) about genuine “spiritual” understanding and discernment (based on the words of God as found in the Holy Bible). Genuine Biblical “spiritual” understanding and discernment involves the exercise of not only the “faculty” of our mind, but also the “faculties” of our heart and of our conscience.

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Before we begin a Scriptural examination of “Wisdom”, I believe it would behoove us to try to understand the relationship that our “attributes” (our “substance” = body, soul, & spirit; and our “faculties” = heart, mind, & conscience) have to do with “wisdom”.

WISE”: There are 33 verses in the Scriptures with the words “wise” & “heart” together.
[Exodus 28:3; 31:6; 35:10,25; 36:1-2,8; Leviticus 19:17; 1Kings 3:12; Job 9:4; 37:24; Psalms 101:2; Proverbs 10:8; 11:29; 15:7; 16:21,23; 18:15; 22:17; 23:15,19; 27:11; 28:26; Ecclesiastes 2:15; 7:4,7,22; 8:5; 9:1; 10:2; Ezekiel 13:17; Matthew 18:35; Romans 10:6]

There are only two verses in the entire Bible with the words “wise” & “mind” together [Proverbs 29:11 & Romans 12:16]; and in the context, neither verse indicates that there is such a thing as a “wise mind”.

In the Bible, a person is described as being “wise hearted“
[Exodus 28:3; 31:6; 35:10,25; 36:1-2,8]; “wise in heart” [Job 9:4; Proverbs 10:8; 16:21]; or “wise of heart” [Job 37:24; Proverbs 11:29], but never “wise minded”; “wise in mind” or “wise of mind”.

There are only two verses in the Bible with the words “wise” & “soul” together [Psalms 19:7 & Proverbs 11:30]; in context, neither verse indicates that the soul is “wise” or that there is such a thing as a “wise soul”.

There are no verses in the Bible with the words “wise” & “conscience” together.

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