Arcing—Assignment 10
James 1
The Christian Life has its genesis in and is sustained by the Word of God, especially in times of trial!
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Published August 13th, 2018
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James Greeting 1 1 a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings. Testing of Your Faith 2 e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1 when you meet trials f of various kinds, 3 for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be i perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 j If any of you lacks wisdom, k let him ask God, l who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But m let him ask in faith, n with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like o a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 p he is a double-minded man, q unstable in all his ways. 9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and r the rich in his humiliation, because s like a flower of the grass 1 he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and t withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. 12 u Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive v the crown of life, w which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire x when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and y sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from a the Father of lights b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1 18 c Of his own will he d brought us forth by the word of truth, e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures. Hearing and Doing the Word 19 g Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person h be quick to hear, i slow to speak, j slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore k put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with l meekness the implanted word, m which is able to save your souls. 22 But be n doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, o the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, p he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
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The Reality of Trials When looked at through a microscope there are many great lessons for the Christian to glean from the first chapter of James. But, when you zoom out a little and look at the entire chapter; you see how all of those things fit together to form a breathtaking landscape! Verses 2-15 set things up and teach us that perseverance through trials will result in Eternal Life (vv 12-15). We are commanded to rejoice because of the ends and not the means in which God brings about those ends (vv 2-4). James lets us know that God will provide wisdom to those who ask Him in order to persevere (vv 5-8). He even warns us not to be distracted by the wealth and power that is available in the world (vv 9-11). All of these trials are really tests and if you pass the test, you get the "crown of life." James doesn't just stop there and leave us twisting in the wind with some vague advice about asking God for wisdom. He fleshes things out and gives us practical advice about how to deal with trials as they come our way. The Solution to Trials When Jesus was in the desert, he defeated Satan's temptations by the Word. Three times Satan tempted Him and three times Jesus responded by quoting scripture. The only way to persevere through trials is by the Word of God. James reminds us in verses 16-18 that God brought us into the Christian Life "by the word of truth." Not only did God's word bring us into this life, it has the power to sustain us in it. In verses 19-21, James warns us to "be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger....and receive with meekness the implanted word." Too many times when we are in the midst of trials, we stubbornly ignore the word of God, speak too quickly, and get angry. We don't rejoice that God is bringing about maturity in our lives and we don't humbly receive His Word. Once we have received His Word, the only way to pass the test is to "be doers of the word. (vv 22-25)" Finally in verses 26-27, James gives us a picture of the Christian who has persevered and tells us that the faithful Christian is characterized by discretion in speech, they serve others (even those who have no ability to reciprocate), and they are live a pure life.
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The generous wisdom that God grants to those who ask for it to persevere through times of trials will be given through the Word of God and will result in Eternal Life and be characterized by discretion in speech, personal purity, and service to others.
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a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings.
e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1 when you meet trials f of various kinds, for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be i perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Rejoice that God is using the trials in your life to bring about growth in your life!
j If any of you lacks wisdom, k let him ask God, l who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But m let him ask in faith, n with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like o a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; p he is a double-minded man, q unstable in all his ways.
And s eek for wisdom in faith from our generous God to overcome trials.
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and r the rich in his humiliation, because s like a flower of the grass 1 he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and t withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
And Consider the temporal nature of this life and its trials and invest in eternity.
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u Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive v the crown of life, w which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire x when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and y sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
And the result will be Eternal Life for the Christian who perseveres through trials.
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Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. z Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from a the Father of lights b with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 1 c Of his own will he d brought us forth by the word of truth , e that we should be a kind of f firstfruits of his creatures.
God is the only giver of truly good gifts and has created us as new creatures by His Word!
g Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person h be quick to hear, i slow to speak, j slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore k put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with l meekness the implanted word , m which is able to save your souls.
And Man's anger is flawed and does not produce God's righteousness, Christians should turn away from evil and apply themselves to the Word of God prior to speaking or becoming angry.
But be n doers of the word , and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, o the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, p he will be blessed in his doing.
And the Christian should Obey the Word of God and don't just hear it, persevere in it and don't leave it, and be blessed by it and not cheated out of it by yourself!
If anyone thinks he is religious q and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s r religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction, and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
The Christian who perseveres in trials and has Pure Religion will be known by their pure heart and their 1) discretion in speech, 2) service to others (even those who have no ability to reciprocate), and 3) will have personal purity.
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