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To behold Christ is to be transformed in believing obedience
James 2:14-26
Blessed is the man who desires to do good with his whole being without partiality, for God has saved him wholly.
James 2:1-13
True Religion is displayed in a sanctified love for God and love for neighbour.
James 1:19-27
Those who fall away do so because of sin and lack love for God and not because God is unfaithful to keep his saints.
James 1:12-18
Trials increase our faith to God, but when they are difficult God gives aid to see his unswerving goodness in Christ, our exaltation.
James 1:2-11
For Christians: rejection of a God who sent his Son to die for us and his Spirit to restore us yields an incomparably severe punishment.
Hebrews 10:26-31
Worldly Success is No Sure Sign of God's Favour.
James 4:13-17
The perfect Jesus is the perfect high priest, the perfect sacrifice, and the source of a perfect, everlasting covenant.
Hebrews 7:20-28
God shall keep you through the prayer of others for your joyful growth in theology leading to a life of grateful doxology.
Colossians 1:9-12
A people saved for a glorious purpose.
Exodus 19:4-6
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!  Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
1 Peter 1:3-5
We need gospel-unity because it is a gift from God for our assurance and for Christ's glory.
Philippians 1:27-30
The Immeasurable Gift of the Gospel
2 Corinthians 5:21
God's Love, God's Salvation, God's Grace, God's Glory.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Christians, if someone wrongs you and refuses to humbly repent, then let him go, because God desires to keep and protect you from his sin.
Matthew 18:15-20
I cling to my Lord who is my Helper, Saviour and Friend.
1 Peter 3:18
We have full confidence in the revealed, illumined and inspired Word of God given to us by the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2
What is more amazing than being set free from sin?  Being set free to Christ, our righteousness and keeper forever.
1 Peter 2:24-25
As those identified with Christ, we are called to live new lives enabled by a glorious God.
Romans 6:1-4
Death in Adam; life in Christ.
Romans 5
If you have been called to preach the gospel, do not relent, because God delights in your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:1-8
Grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.
2 Timothy 3
What does a false teacher look like?  He appears to be godly, but, in truth, he seeks only to steal and devour.  Avoid these wolves.
2 Timothy 3:1-9
Scripture is from God alone.  Let no man claim otherwise.
Galatians 1
Although our sin deserves punishment, the love and grace of God, through Christ, intercede to give us everlasting joy.
Romans 5:1-17
What is our joy?  It is not ourselves.  It is the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:6-11
Condemnation follows us in Adam, but Rejoicing is our reward in Christ
Romans 5:1-14
Good News! The life, death and resurrection of Christ is the source of our faith, pardon, justification, and reconciliation to God.
Romans 5:1-11
Rejoice!  God doesn't just save, and God doesn't just promise a future, but He promises His love and help for those who believe now.
Romans 5:1-5
Faith in God to fulfill His promises by grace is the only way by which we can be saved
Romans 4:13-25
Abraham was justified by faith, as are those who follow in his footsteps.
Romans 4:1-12
Who is the blessed man?  He who seeks after the very things of God.  To Him shall be a heavenly reward and satisfaction forever.
Psalms 1
Righteousness is a gift to those who cannot save themselves, and, instead, fall at the cross and confess Christ as Lord.
Romans 3
In God there is no contradiction, for the law condemns self-righteous sinners, but God saves the repentant who believe in Christ.
Romans 3:1-26
Church, set your minds on things above by loving one another as Christ loved you, which is your thanksgiving to God.
Colossians 3:12-17
What is the advantage of having the Law?  To know God's will.  Does the law justify?  No, it condemns.  Simply, the Law is good, we are not.
Romans 3:1-20
God is immeasurably compassionate, so much so that we cannot truly grasp it, and yet, it is exactly sufficient to accomplish His plans.
Jonah 4
God saves us to show us Himself.  Namely, that He is unlike any other and requires our worship through obedience.
Deuteronomy 4:32-40
It is not too late!  Repent and Believe!  He is merciful and mighty, alone, to save.
Jonah 3
When we are in despair without hope of deliverance, look to the merciful Lord who is faithful to save and deliver.
Jonah 2
Obey when God calls.  Reject God and suffer the consequences.  In both obedience and disobedience, God will accomplish His purposes.
Jonah 1
In Christ we are made heirs to the throne of God, justified by faith, children of promise and free from the shackles of law.
Galatians 3:15-29
The Law was Given for Blessing, but it Became a Curse
Romans 3:1-8
God is Holy, We are Sinful, He shall Judge the Nations.
Romans 2
How Does God Prevent Divine Contradiction? By Revealing His Power in the Gospel.
Romans 1
Marks of True Salvation: A New Heart, Divine Conviction and the Delight of God Alone.
Romans 2:25-29
God wants us for Himself, so He does it by Himself, for our joy, and His worship.
Psalms 23
Jews, the bearers of the law, are not exempt from the wrath of God
Romans 2:17-24
Spiritual gifts in the public assembly are for its mutual benefit and the reflection of God's character.
1 Corinthians 14:26-40
Christ, Our Master and Commander - the Anchor of Our Faith.
Matthew 8:23-27
Men lead as men, women submit as women, and do it for the pleasure of God and the gospel.
1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Prayer for the Peace of God Rooted in the Character of God Given to the People of God through the Son of God.
1 Timothy 2
Healthy Churches for Christ-Centred, Gospel-Hearing, Cross-Bearing Peoples.
Acts 6:1-8
No one receives pardon, all are to be judged. For those in the law, Christ's example condemns.
Romans 2:12-16
If you are good, then God shall give life; If you are bad, then God shall render destruction.
Romans 2:6-11
Come ye weary, heavy-laden, lost and ruined by the fall, if you tarry, till you're better, you will never come at all.
Romans 2:1-5
How do we stay motivated to share the gospel to the nations? We see the immensity of the grace that we first received.
Romans 1:1-7
When God gives us up to our sinfulness, it is a complete destruction of everything He originally intended.
Romans 1:28-32
What is the result when God abandons sinners? They seek pleasure in things just like themselves, which will always be insufficient.
Romans 1:26-27
God abandons those who refuse to love and obey Him, but such abandonment does not come without a hope of restoration.
Romans 1:24-25
God alone saves and justifies
Romans 1:16-17
What is the primary motivation for God's wrath against humanity, and what is man's chief sin?
Romans 1:18-23
We need to praise God for the faithfulness of gospel-centred missions, but the task is not complete. Does God call me to go? Faithful steps.
Romans 1:8-15
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James 3:1-12
How can you tell the sincerity of your faith?  By the words that you speak.
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Published July 20th, 2020
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Not only does faith manifest itself in works with our hands (ch. 2), but it also manifests itself in our words and what we say. Faith requires not only doing outwardly what is right but saying what is right. Both the doing (ch. 2) and the saying are the result from what is within. A tainted fountain cannot produce sweet water, just as a corrupt heart cannot yield a fruit-bearing life in work and word.
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Μὴ πολλοὶ διδάσκαλοι γίνεσθε, ἀδελφοί μου,
You should not (all) become teachers, my brothers,
εἰδότες ὅτι μεῖζον κρίμα λημψόμεθα.
because you (pl.) know that we will receive greater judgment.
ground
πολλὰ γὰρ πταίομεν ἅπαντες.
For we all stumble often.
εἴ τις ἐν λόγῳ οὐ πταίει,
If anyone does not stumble in the message,
οὗτος τέλειος ἀνὴρ
this is a perfect man
δυνατὸς χαλιναγωγῆσαι καὶ ὅλον τὸ σῶμα.
(and) able also to bind his whole body.
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conditional
εἰ δὲ τῶν ἵππων τοὺς χαλινοὺς
Yet, if we place the bridles
εἰς τὰ στόματα βάλλομεν
in the mouths of the horses,
locative
εἰς τὸ πείθεσθαι αὐτοὺς
so that they might be persuaded
ἡμῖν,
by us,
actionmanner
actionpurpose
καὶ ὅλον τὸ σῶμα αὐτῶν μετάγομεν.
we also change/direct their whole constitution (body).
ἰδοὺ καὶ τὰ πλοῖα τηλικαῦτα ὄντα
Behold, even the boats that are great,
καὶ ὑπὸ ἀνέμων σκληρῶν ἐλαυνόμενα,
that are also being driven by strong winds,
series
μετάγεται
are being changed/directed
ὑπὸ ἐλαχίστου πηδαλίου
by the smallest rudder
ὅπου ἡ ὁρμὴ τοῦ εὐθύνοντος βούλεται,
where the one who steers desires,
concessive
οὕτως καὶ ἡ γλῶσσα μικρὸν μέλος ἐστὶν
Similarly/Thusly, the tongue is also a small part/member,
καὶ μεγάλα αὐχεῖ.
but/yet it boasts as a great one/of great things.
comparison
bilateral
ἰδοὺ ἡλίκον πῦρ ἡλίκην ὕλην ἀνάπτει•
Behold, how small a fire sets aflame such a great wood/forest.
καὶ ἡ γλῶσσα πῦρ•
And the tongue is a fire.
ὁ κόσμος τῆς ἀδικίας ἡ γλῶσσα καθίσταται
The tongue appoints itself as a world of unrighteousness
ἐν τοῖς μέλεσιν ἡμῶν,
in/among our members,
ἡ σπιλοῦσα ὅλον τὸ σῶμα
The thing (tongue) that defiles the whole body
καὶ φλογίζουσα τὸν τροχὸν τῆς γενέσεως
and inflames the wheel of life (course of existence)
καὶ φλογιζομένη
and is being inflamed
ὑπὸ τῆς γεέννης.
by Gehenna.
progression
πᾶσα γὰρ φύσις θηρίων τε καὶ πετεινῶν, ἑρπετῶν τε καὶ ἐναλίων δαμάζεται
For all nature, including beasts, birds, creeping things, and sea creatures, is being tamed
καὶ δεδάμασται
and has been tamed
τῇ φύσει τῇ ἀνθρωπίνῃ,
by the nature of man (by humans).
τὴν δὲ γλῶσσαν οὐδεὶς δαμάσαι δύναται
But no one is able to subdue the tongue of man,
ἀνθρώπων, ἀκατάστατον κακόν,
which is badly unstable,
μεστὴ ἰοῦ θανατηφόρου.
full of deadly poison.
ἐν αὐτῇ εὐλογοῦμεν τὸν κύριον καὶ πατέρα
With (tongue) this, we give thanks/honour to/for the Lord and Father,
καὶ ἐν αὐτῇ καταρώμεθα τοὺς ἀνθρώπους τοὺς καθʼ ὁμοίωσιν θεοῦ γεγονότας,
and with this, we curse (ourselves) the men who have become according to the likeness of God.
alternative
ἐκ τοῦ αὐτοῦ στόματος
out of the same mouth
ἐξέρχεται εὐλογία καὶ κατάρα.
comes blessing/thanksgiving and curse.
οὐ χρή, ἀδελφοί μου, ταῦτα οὕτως γίνεσθαι.
My brothers, these things are not proper to be in this way.
μήτι ἡ πηγὴ ἐκ τῆς αὐτῆς ὀπῆς
Does, out of the same crevice,
βρύει τὸ γλυκὺ καὶ τὸ πικρόν;
the fountain pour forth the sweet and the bitter?
μὴ δύναται, ἀδελφοί μου, συκῆ ἐλαίας ποιῆσαι
My brothers, is a fig tree able to make olive trees,
ἢ ἄμπελος σῦκα;
or is a vine able to make a fig?
οὔτε ἁλυκὸν γλυκὺ ποιῆσαι ὕδωρ.
Neither can a bitter thing make water sweet/sweet water.
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Contrast/irony -- man has sought to control creation, but cannot control his tongue!
Expect obvious negative answer.
anticipates negative answer
horses
boats
You've got to control your tongue!
destroys self, destroys the world, and is destined for hell.
It's instability and poison flows from the fact that it says one thing and then another--it is two-faced/untrustworthy
the previous section focused on working (with hands or outward actions), this section focuses on our words and what comes out of our mouths--both need transformation. The tongue is even more important because it is the tongue from which all damage flows. An uncontrolled tongue displays an untrustworthy heart.
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James 3:1-12
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James 3:1
equals
solid
equal
table
ἀδελφοί
drop
revrocket
line
prepphrase
pstack
cword
μου
pred
subjectverb
γίνεσθε
Μὴ
predicate
διδάσκαλοι
πολλοὶ
participle
εἰδότες
vertical
directobject
shelf
λημψόμεθα
κρίμα
μεῖζον
ὅτι
γὰρ
James 3:2
ἅπαντες
πταίομεν
πολλὰ
οὗτος
ἀνὴρ
rocketship
τέλειος
δυνατὸς
καὶ
χαλιναγωγῆσαι
τὸ
σῶμα
ὅλον
τις
πταίει
οὐ
ἐν
λόγῳ
εἴ
δὲ
James 3:3
μετάγομεν
καὶ
τὸ
σῶμα
ὅλον
αὐτῶν
βάλλομεν
τοὺς
χαλινοὺς
εἰς
τὰ
στόματα
αὐτοὺς
πείθεσθαι
ἡμῖν
εἰς
τὸ
τῶν
ἵππων
εἰ
ἰδοὺ
James 3:4
τὰ
πλοῖα
καὶ
μετάγεται
ὄντα
τηλικαῦτα
ἐλαυνόμενα
καὶ
ὑπὸ
ἀνέμων
σκληρῶν
ὁρμὴ
βούλεται
τοῦ
εὐθύνοντος
γλῶσσα
ἐστὶν
καὶ
μέλος
μικρὸν
αὐχεῖ
μεγάλα
καὶ
οὕτως
ὅπου
ὑπὸ
πηδαλίου
ἐλαχίστου
James 3:5
ἰδοὺ
πῦρ
ἀνάπτει
ἡλίκον
ὕλην
ἡλίκην
James 3:6
καὶ
γλῶσσα
πῦρ
γλῶσσα
καθίσταται
ἐν
τοῖς
μέλεσιν
ἡμῶν
κόσμος
τῆς
ἀδικίας
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dashed
free
ttext
linemid
σπιλοῦσα
φλογιζομένη
φλογίζουσα
τὸ
σῶμα
ὅλον
τὸν
τροχὸν
τῆς
γενέσεως
ὑπὸ
τῆς
γεέννης
καὶ
καὶ
James 3:7
γὰρ
φύσις
πᾶσα
θηρίων
ἐναλίων
πετεινῶν
ἑρπετῶν
τε
καὶ
τε
καὶ
δαμάζεται
δεδάμασται
τῇ
φύσει
τῇ
ἀνθρωπίνῃ
καὶ
James 3:8
δὲ
οὐδεὶς
δύναται
δαμάσαι
τὴν
γλῶσσαν
ἀνθρώπων
ἀκατάστατον
κακόν
ἰοῦ
μεστὴ
θανατηφόρου
εὐλογοῦμεν
καταρώμεθα
ἐν
αὐτῇ
τὸν
κύριον
πατέρα
καὶ
ἐν
αὐτῇ
τοὺς
ἀνθρώπους
τοὺς
γεγονότας
καθʼ
ὁμοίωσιν
θεοῦ
καὶ
James 3:9
James 3:10
ἐξέρχεται
εὐλογία
κατάρα
καὶ
ἐκ
στόματος
τοῦ
αὐτοῦ
χρή
οὐ
ταῦτα
γίνεσθαι
οὕτως
ἀδελφοί
μου
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πηγὴ
βρύει
μήτι
ἐκ
τῆς
ὀπῆς
αὐτῆς
τὸ
γλυκὺ
τὸ
πικρόν
καὶ
James 3:11
ἀδελφοί
μου
James 3:12
συκῆ
δύναται
μὴ
ποιῆσαι
ἐλαίας
ἄμπελος
σῦκα
ἁλυκὸν
ποιῆσαι
ὕδωρ
γλυκὺ
οὔτε
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Purpose
instrumental
acc. subj.
substantival-genitive of source/objective
concessive kai
reflexive (middle) ≠ passive - the tongue appoints itself
apposition
Acc. Sub.
Identical use (attributive position)
Identical use - attributive position
Expects a negative answer (μη) in a question without non-indicative mood.
anticipates negative answer.
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