Steven Long
Broken and healed; sinful and forgiven. His mercies are new every morning!
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The gracious benefits we receive from the Father through the Son should cause us to praise Him with much laude!
1 Peter 1:3-5
Grace and peace come to God's people because it was His will that His Son give Himself for us. Any other peace is non-lasting and cannot end
Galatians 1:1-5
Justification before God is clearly grounded in Christ's atoning work on the cross. When this is clearly portrayed, there is no confusion on
Galatians 3:1-9
Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
Hosea 2:16-20
Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Hosea 2:16-20
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
Galatians 1:1-5
1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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Pure Religion
James 1:26-27
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
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Published August 28th, 2016; Updated August 29th, 2016
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Wisdom, Works, Worship
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Main point summary
Merely saying what you believe is not good enough. God's Word should change us by causing an outward manifestation of our religion, namely taking care of the weak and oppressed.
James 1:26-27
If anyone thinks he is religious
If a person thinks he is full of religion
q and does not bridle his tongue
and does not control what he says
but deceives his heart ,
moreover, deceiving himself, thinking he is religious
this person’s r religion is worthless.
his religion is non-existent.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this:
True and perfect religion in God's sight is this:
s to visit t orphans and widows in their affliction,
putting into practice your religion by taking care of orphans and widows and giving them what they need
and u to keep oneself v unstained from the world.
and keeping yourself from the influences of the world.
I think 2c-2d the main thrust of this passage. Self-deceit is the worst thing for a person who views himself as religious or spiritual.
Wisdom, Works, Worship
Wisdom, Works, & Worship The book of James is that of practical religion. We see the how the passage represents on big response to religion: either one hears and practices what he believes or he does not. It is as simple as that. However, James goes into a bit more detail about what that looks like. A religion of self-deceit • This person is marked by the characteristic of an uncontrolled tongue. Simply put, it is someone who speaks a good game but has nothing to back it up with. Alexander Ross puts it best in his commentary on James: It is painfully easy to degenerate into one like Mr. Talkative, whose portrait is painted with such biting satire by John Bunyan. He was “the son of one Saywell, who dwelt in Prating Row, and notwithstanding his fine tongue, he is but a sorry fellow.” The man who does not bridle his tongue may very easily deceive his own heart, as, for example, by the dangerous delusion that fine talk can make up for the absence of practical, godly living, or by being careless in his speech, fancying that words matter very little, forgetting one of Our Lord’s most solemn utterances (Matt. 12:36, 37), or, if he be a preacher, by pouring out a great flood of words with little reality of personal experience in them. Such religion is futile." ( Ross, Alexander. The Epistles of James and John . The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1954, p.42) • James' harsh words don't stop with self-deceit. He goes on to say that this kind of person's religion is worthless! In other words, they are probably not a genuine Christian. The Greek word used for 'worthless' is the word μάταιος (mataios). It means useless or empty. Surely we are all guilty of this at one time or another, but I believe that James has in mind the person who makes it a continual thing in his life to only "hear" the word but never to obey. It is also irony that the word for 'hear' (the verb form–the text has the noun) is usually connected with obedience. This makes it especially heinous as the word itself suggests one who listens with the greatest of care. A religion of holiness • The great response from the previous situation we see is to practice what God sees as a pure religion: James gives the practical example of taking care of widows and orphans. We must be careful at this point to not think that this is the only part of religion. Widows and orphans were greatly viewed in God's sight, especially in the Old Testament and God cared deeply for their plight by making provision in the Law for their care. James' main thrust of this passage is simply to not just hear what God is saying in His Word but to put it into outward practice. Application It would seem that 2c-2d is the main point of this passage. How sad indeed to be one who has every intention of being truly religious before God but has an empty religion instead. This should cause all of us to ask ourselves some tough questions: Am I putting into practice that which I hear from God's Word? Am I simply talking Christian talk without walking a Christian walk? What areas of my religion are vain and worthless? (let's be honest; we all have some!) Does God see my religion as pure and undefiled? This last question is the most important of all. If God does not see our works in Christ, but rather our own efforts, we are doomed! Let us consider carefully this passage from James and make sure we are living a religion of holiness.
Main point summary
Merely saying what you believe is not good enough. God's Word should change us by causing an outward manifestation of our religion, namely taking care of the weak and oppressed.
Disclaimer: The opinions and conclusions expressed on this page are those of the author and may or may not accord with the positions of Biblearc or Bethlehem College & Seminary.