earthly, sensual, devilish
3:15 earthly, sensual, devilish. The “wisdom” of this world will “come to nought” (I Corinthians 2:6), for it is of “the world, the flesh and the devil” (earthly, sensual, devilish). It is humanistic, or man-centered, and therefore inevitably leads to envy and strife between men (James 3:16). The man of true wisdom, centered in Christ (I Corinthians 1:30; Colossians 2:3) will show his works, in the context of godly behavior, with “meekness” (literally “gentleness”) of wisdom (James 3:13; note also II Timothy 2:24-26).