“Walk In Wisdom Toward Them That Are Without”
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager (http://www.wordsoftruth.net)
A. As Christians, we’re expected to be wise (Matthew 10:16 and Ephesians 5:15-17).
1. We should work hard at obtaining wisdom (Proverbs 4:5-7).
2. We’re to be wise in godly ways (Psalms 101:2), not ungodly ways (Romans 16:19).
B. The reference to “them that are without” applies to those outside of Christ [those of the world] (Mark 4:10-11 and I Corinthians 5:9-13).
1. We are to care about how those of the world perceive us (I Thessalonians 4:12).
2. Even one qualification of an elder has to do with the reputation he has with those of the world (I Timothy 3:7).
a. Never get an attitude that your reputation doesn’t matter concerning anyone (Proverbs 22:1).
b. Even among the ungodly, we’re supposed to shine as lights (Philippians 2:14-16).
3. Remember, sometimes those outside of Christ are inside our assemblies as “visitors” (I Corinthians 14:23-24) and as frauds (I John 2:19).
II. Body: Colossians 4:5
A. It is wise to understand that those “without” [of the world] are not “with us” (Luke 11:23 and I John 2:17).
2. It is wise to remember that people of the world are not godly (Galatians 1:3-4 and I John 5:19).
a. This is why we’re not to be friends with the world (James 4:4).
b. Additionally, if we’re living right, the world will not want to be friends with us (Proverbs 29:27 and John 17:14).
3. Remember that there is our God (I Corinthians 8:5-6) and there is their god(s) (II Corinthians 4:3-4, Ephesians 2:1-2, and I John 3:8-10).
a. What should you know when Satan is someone’s father (John 8:44)? Thus, it is wise NOT to believe everything people say (Proverbs 14:15).
b. Additionally, people of the world serve other things as though they be gods (i.e. Ephesians 5:5; cf. Matthew 6:24).
4. Having said those things, we need to be wise in not acting conceded (Luke 17:7-10).
a. If you're a Christian, you were once lost (Titus 3:1-5).
b. Now that you’re saved, it’s time to help others (Galatians 5:13).
B. It is wise to understand that those “without” [of the world] are often trying to teach us as we’re trying to teach them (Proverbs 13:20).
1. Don’t be a student of ungodliness (Jeremiah 10:1-2 and I Corinthians 15:33).
2. A child of the devil loves converting one of God’s people to darkness (Deuteronomy 7:1-4).
3. Many times people have erringly thought they’re the teacher when they really were the student (I Timothy 1:3-7).
C. Walking in wisdom toward those of the world would have us follow many principles of wisdom, consider the few following points:
1. Wisdom says to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts (Titus 2:11-12).
2. Wisdom says that we’re not to learn the principles of the world (Colossians 2:8).
3. Wisdom says that people of the world won’t understand why you are the way you are (I Peter 4:1-5).
4. Wisdom says to steer clear of the path of the wicked (Proverbs 4:14).
5. Wisdom says to share what you’ve learned (Proverbs 10:21), but to do so cautiously (Proverbs 23:9 and Matthew 7:6).
6. Wisdom says there is only one source of counsel for us to listen to (Proverbs 21:30).
III. Conclusion: Let’s show our wisdom through our conduct (James 3:13-18).
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager