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1 Wisdom Is Proved Right By Her Actions Matthew 11: 19

2 Background Questions about Jesus (Mt. 11:1-6; Lk. 7:18-23) Questions about John (Mt. 11:7-19; Lk. 7:24-35) Note the word works in Mt. 11:2 and 11:19; note the word justified in Lk. 7:29 and 7:35 Mt. 11:19 has works … Lk. 7:35 has children; not a contradiction; both refer to what is produced; ones offspring; the result (note the KJV has children in both places to alleviate this alleged contradiction)

3 Matthew 11:19 Wisdom is justified by her works (ASV) Wisdom is vindicated by her deeds (NASV, HCSB) Wisdom is shown to be true by its results (TEV) Wisdom is proved right by her actions (NIV) Wisdom is proved right by its results (REB) Wisdom is shown to be right by what results from it (NTL) … by what is does (CEV)

4 Matthew 11:19 Wisdom – Gods wisdom found in his word (Col. 1:9; 1:28; 2:3; 3:16) Justified – acquitted of any error or wrong (Rom. 3:4) Works – actions, deeds, results (Eccl. 9:1)

5 Background Jesus is saying that one must look at persons actions or deeds for proof of his character (11:19b), not the peoples opinion about him (11:18-19a) The actions of Jesus and John were counter-cultural and unpopular with many of the Jews (11:18-19a) The actions and deeds of a person show the wisdom of that person We say: The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

6 Gods Wisdom vs. Mans Wisdom Jesus and John were acting according to Gods wisdom (Mt. 11:2ff), and their actions were proved right in the face of all the people When we act by mans wisdom there will be negative results; when we act by Gods wisdom there will be positive results

7 Wisdom Is Proved Right The wisdom of God in heterosexual marriage is proved right (Gen. 2:18ff); homosexuality, polygamy, and fornication always lead to trouble The wisdom of God in a faithful marriage is proved right (Heb. 13:4); adultery always leads to trouble (Prov. 2:12ff; 5:1ff; 7:5ff) The wisdom of God in disciplining children while they are young is proved right (Prov. 22:6); undisciplined children always lead to trouble (Prov. 17:25; 29:15)

8 Wisdom Is Proved Right The wisdom of God in the church is proved right (Mt. 16:26; Eph. 3:8-10); salvation of the soul is important, not the entertainment of the body; the social gospel always leads to trouble The wisdom of God in the gospel of the cross is proved right (1 Cor. 1:18-31; 2:5; 3:19-21); glorying in self always leads to trouble

9 Wisdom Is Proved Right The wisdom of God in daily living is proved right (Jas. 3:13-17); human wisdom always lead to trouble (dishonesty, foul language, alcohol, debt, anger, etc.) The wisdom of God in hard work is proved right (Prov. 6:6-11); laziness always leads to trouble (2 Thess. 3:11) The wisdom of God in belief is proved right (Heb. 11:1-3); unbelief always leads to trouble (Psa. 14:1ff; Rom. 1:18-31)

10 Wisdom Is Proved Right The wisdom of God in discipline through suffering is proved right (Heb. 12:5-11); a life without suffering does not mold character (Rom. 5:3-4) The wisdom of God in local church discipline is proved right (1 Cor. 5:1ff); an undisciplined church leads to more sinful conduct

11 Wisdom Is Proved Right Popular opinion polls do not matter; what matters is walking by Gods wisdom and your actions will be proved right in time Pick which wisdom you will walk by, Gods or mans; either way, your actions and deeds will prove you right or wrong


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