The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That was written in the old testament, which means that respect for God should be seen as respect for what God has done in Jesus. There is nothing generic about real Christianity. It is not strictly a religion or ‘god busyness.’ It is the person of Jesus. To have a shed of god talk and not have Jesus is to have nothing.
‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’ John 1.5 NIV.
The wise receive Jesus as Lord and friend. Jesus replaces religion with Himself. The branches that grow from this vine (the tree of life) are laden with the fruit of the Kingdom of God. They are living fruit. Trees can have lots of foliage but only branches from His root stock are the Kingdom. This fruit fills us with the wisdom and revelation of God. We carry baskets of fruit that lasts forever, supernaturally multiplying itself with the life of heaven. We do well to recognize that what we often hatch up ourselves is nothing and what flows from Jesus in us is everything.
‘If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing’ John 15.5 NIV.
Jesus is the open door to wisdom and understanding. This is because He is the light of the world – the light that shines in the darkness. There are people who embrace darkness as if it is light. I met one the other day at a picnic. He was just as self-assured as he always had been. Just as certain of his own views – views that had never made him a whole or positive person. Over the years he has become smaller, narrower and more bigoted in spirit. He is not a nasty person. But it would be an exaggeration to say that he is rejoicing in the Lord, or that he is an example that any non-believer might want to follow. A friend of mine had a dream once in which the Lord depicted the church he attended as a zoo of ill and irritable animals boxed together in a cage of religion. So does what you are attached to impart light or death?
‘Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter’ Isaiah 5.20 NIV.
We don't have to be an immoral person to do the devil’s work. We just have to be stubbornly embedded in our own ideas.
In Jesus, Father has set before us an open door. This is a door enlightenment, life, joy peace and unconditional love. Jesus is the way to the Father. All of us without restriction may enter His presence to be loved by the One who made us and saw us before ever we were. So what are the sour and ignorant living in? They live in their own beliefs and rusted on ideas; ideas that are distortions of scripture and a slander on the nature and love of the Father. Many live out of doctrines of demons as if they are living in the truth.
‘The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons’ 1 Tim 4.1 NIV.
We can live in our own ideas of godliness and live a shriveled life. Or we can live in God’s presentation of Himself (Jesus) and advance from glory to glory.
The pure in heart will see and know God because they are not their own god. They are not double-minded and living in confusion. The poor in spirit (humble) possess and have insight into the Kingdom of Heaven because God shares Himself with the humble. Humility is the nature of Jesus and He shares Himself with those with the grace to sit and learn at His feet. Grace enables us to listen and be teachable. Grace multiplies itself in humility and wisdom. The humble know how to love. The meek inherit the earth.
‘But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble’ James 4.6 NIV.