Difference Between Right and Wrong
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it. For in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die.”
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
17 except the one that has the power to let you know the difference between right and wrong. If you eat any fruit from that tree, you will die before the day is over!”
17 but you must not eat the fruit from the tree ·which gives the [T of the] knowledge of good and evil [C eating from this tree would make Adam, not God, the determiner of right and wrong].
MHC - Because the restraint of it is laid upon the desires of the flesh and of the mind, which, in the corrupt nature of man, are the two great fountains of sin. This prohibition checked both his appetite towards sensitive delights and his ambitions of curious knowledge, that his body might be ruled by his soul and his soul by his God.
Eating from this tree would make Adam, not God, the determiner of right and wrong. God wanted the body to be ruled by the soul and the soul ruled by God.
Boy we see how the decision Adam made today. Just listen to people, listen to the news, & watch what decisions are being made. People who are not born again trying to determine what is right and what is wrong. Fights, court cases, and so much more.
Those who walk in the old nature draw from their own opinion, their own flesh, & their corrupt nature. This brings confusion.
King James Version (KJV)
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
When we get our wisdom from God it is pure and full of mercy. It will produce good fruit.
Eating from this tree would make Adam, not God, the determiner of right and wrong. This is where the battle of good and evil started. Who is determining the right and wrong in your life? Are you following the sin nature or your born again nature. If you are not born again you have no choice. You may try to make the right decisions, but in the end it will be birthed from a corrupt nature and will fail. Your decisions will spring from earthly principles, you will act upon earthly motives, and you will serve earthly purposes. You will service the indulges of the flesh and make provisions to fulfil the lust and desires of it. You will be working from the natural reasoning, without any supernatural light.
But when you are born again you will follow God’s wisdom. One dof love, peace, yielding to His nature, His wisdom, & His ways.
17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity).
17 But the wisdom that comes from God is like this: First, it is pure. It is also peaceful, gentle, and easy to please. This wisdom is always ready to help people who have trouble and to do good for others. This wisdom is always fair and honest.
MHC - Heavenly wisdom is full of mercy and good fruits, inwardly disposed to every thing that is kind and good, both to relieve those who want and to forgive those who offend, and actually to do this whenever proper occasions offer.
Let’s be like Paul in 2 Cor. 1:12 He boast of having a clear conscience. He testimony and witness and all he did was done in honesty and a sincere heart from God. He boast that he did it by the Grace of God. Wisdom from God and not of this world. Not of this world or the fleshly nature of wisdom, but from God’s wisdom. We were never intended to make the decision of right and wrong. That came from the fall. Oh I can hear people now, then I am just a robot if I just follow what God has said.... Boy that has been said from the beginning and is what got this world as bad as it is today. God’s ways are pure, true, peaceable, filled with Grace, and so much more. Why would you want this worldly way of thinking that is selfish, cold, and so much more.
The only way someone can make a right decision about what is right and wrong is by surrendering to the one who has all wisdom.
Only surrendering can bring true peace in Life... Don’t delay today... Let the one who knows all and sees all guide you today.