Sad to say, traditions of men sometimes keep us from obeying and serving the Lord. Such, James says, were deceiving themselves. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Suggest a Verse Enter a Verse Reference e. Our father in heaven expects even more of His children than an earthly father does of his. Publication date: Feb 19, 2019.
Note that James changes terminology in verse 25. She heard the simple story of the Gospel of Christ continually for nearly a year, when someone asked if she was saved. Although the readers to whom he wrote differ from the modern church, his message is just as relevant now as it was when he wrote it. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. Like most Christians today, we take that verse and others and teach on it or relate it to today without the surrounding verses or context. His gracious recompence hereafter, would be connected with his present peace and comfort.
Of course, even when we try our hardest to apply Scripture and do what it says, we continue to struggle in our sin nature here on earth. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. . For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. It confronts our contempt for others and our lack of compassion. Of its influence on their lives, and its claims to obedience, they are utterly regardless.
He will get into more detail in chapter 3. How can you be a Christlike influence in the world instead of being influenced by the world? They attend, but their mind is more on the clock than on the sermon. It would seem already, in the early church, that there were some who professed to be Christians, whose lives gave very little evidence of being real. But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. Contact me: openbibleinfo at gmail. In Matthew 7:24-27, we have a portion very similar to our verse. Some thought I was a terrible heretic.
Each day brings questions for which we need answers. But don't just listen to God's word. The word of God is like a mirror that reveals to us the very thoughts and intentions of our hearts Heb. And yet there are multitudes who seem to imagine that they have done all that is demanded of them when they have heard attentively the word preached. Unless otherwise indicated, all content is licensed under a. Therefore, we misrepresent the very nature of God's word when we hear it and don't do it, or when we talk a big game about the Bible and don't put it into practice.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But, regardless of whether or not we ever understand the reasons, we are to obey God and be a doer of His Word. Every part of Divine revelation has its use, in bringing the sinner to Christ for salvation, and in directing and encouraging him to walk at liberty, by the Spirit of adoption, according to the holy commands of God. The next section, to the end of chap. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. Then ask Him how it applies to your life, not just outwardly, but on the heart level. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Mere hearers are self-deceivers; and self-deceit will be found the worst deceit at last. He went and did medical mission work at a hospital deep in the jungle. So, faith in the Lord Jesus, if we can call such faith, is of little value if it does not produce the desire to obey His commandments and produce fruit to His glory. For the attitude of the Jews towards the Torah during the centuries immediately preceding Christianity and onwards, see Oesterley and Box, The Religion and Worship of the Synagogue, pp. But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves. The solution to this problem is… 2. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
But be ye doers of the word — See on ;. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the Law and judges it. When I counsel couples who want to get married, I ask them to fill out a form that asks, among other questions, whether or not they are having sexual relations. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Contact me: openbibleinfo at gmail. Conclusion A gray-haired old lady, long a member of her church, shook hands with the pastor after the service one Sunday morning. Maybe he had a couple of days of stubble on his face, or he slept wrong on his hair, and it stuck up in an unruly manner.
A word to the preacher: If you preach the Word, never seek to please the people. So be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Do what God's word says. The natural effect of trusting is obeying. Many homes, including my own, have more copies of the Bible than any other book.