THE EPISTLE OF JAMES
What is the Creative power of the tongue?
• Is it as powerful as the Bible says?
• Can it really start fires?
• What does my tongue reveal about my Character?
• How can blessings & Cursing come from the same place?
• What are my thoughts?
• How can I use my tongue for Good?
We will answer these questions & more, as we unpack Gods word together, revealing a fresh understanding of the power of the word of God for our lives. We will gain a clear vision of what the tongue hides and reveals about our character and its incredible creative force in our lives.
Most importantly we will receive the tools needed, to live a closer walk with Jesus, our bridegroom!
The Royal Law
Continuing to chapter two of the Epistle of James. James highlights the Royal Law; we have come to learn in past studies that the Royal Law is The Book of Covenant this is part of the God’s character and its an attribute of his sons and daughters. We read in 1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. Moreover, the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Proving that it’s that Love is the foundation of the royal law. “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” James gives examples of how we are not to show partiality based on appearance, as the world does. We are to walk in Love as God does being like him, the Covenant what is spoken of in Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: this covenant is the Royal Law that James is speaking about James 2:8 If ye fulfill the Royal Law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well. This is the fulfillment of the New Covenant can also be read in Hebrews 8:8-10 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. God did not Change the Covenant as you, and I think of Change, the difference has he put it into our minds and wrote it on our hearts. This Law was to be administered by the Eternal Priesthood of Melchizedek as read in Revelation 1:5-6 Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first-begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him, that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
Faith with our words is dead
James teaches that Faith without works is dead James 2:18-20 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. However, wilt thou know, o vain man, that faith without works is dead? Faith demands a response; love demands action that is the work of faith.
From Tonights One Line Bible Study, we explored the 1st Chapter of James !
As we continue to explore the Epistle of James, the very first chapter of James talks about trials that are evident in the body of believers (re James a Covenant People). The truths that we will be walking through, and studying in this Epistle will open up to us to a creative experience with God’s Word working in and through our lives, recognizing that it is just not an intellectual knowledge, but an essential heart knowledge that is so badly needed in the lives of Christians today. James 1:3 Knowing G1097 this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. The word knowing has the meaning of knowing through experience, to understand, being aware, through feelings, to have a knowledge of, to perceive. This same word that is used, in Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew H3045 Eve his wife, and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. This word knew is important to understand, because it reveals just how we experience God in our lives through an intimate experience. Adam representing wisdom and Eve representing understanding and when they come together it creates experiential knowledge, sharing in the very act of creation.
Find Joy in our trials
Keep in mind that we are sharing in the act of creation, one experience that God uses in our lives is our trials, and If we would be honest with ourselves, none of us enjoys the experience of trials, and counting it all joy just seem impossible, if not a little crazy. However, when thinking about it, there are ways that we can understand what James means when he says we should have joy in our trials. One way to understand this, for instance, you have a goal, and it is something you want, your willing to do anything for it or to achieve it, you will defer pleasures and be uncomfortable, you will even endure trials to achieve whatever it maybe. It is in this place that you will feel an incredible sense of joy, knowing the result or knowing the reward. It in this state that we realize the fruit of our trials brings forth this “Patience” James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. In other words, our trials will bring patience and this patience that James is talking about brings us to perfection.
What is Perfection ?
Now we realize that the Lord is looking for perfection in our lives, it is important to ask ourselves what the biblical idea of perfection is! I can tell you what it’s NOT, it is NOT an adjective meaning without any flaws. The Greek word that James is referring to G5046 teleios meaning; fully grown, adult, of full age, mature wanting nothing necessary to completeness. We read in Genesis 6:9 these are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. When we look up the same word perfect that God is referring to regarding Noah, it is the Hebrew word tamiym H8549 meaning sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity. Thus giving each of us hope, knowing that the reward of our trials is Patience and this patience is working as a catalyst bring each of us to a place of maturity with a sound mind. Also, David proclaims Psalm 119:71 it is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Even David recognized that trails were beneficial to his walk with the Lord!
If you are worried about your sins, as you should be as well as your flaws and imperfections, there is and always has been a remedy. Jesus’ going to the cross He paid the ultimate price for us because we broke our marriage covenant, that was made with Abraham. I encourage you to read the articles (The Levitical Priesthood) + (The Book of the Covenant) to get a better understand of the Covenant.
James 1:1 is encouraging the household of faith “Israel” the twelve tribes, meaning you and me, those that have received the revelation, as born again spirit filled Christians. We are called Spiritual Israel; Ephesians 2:8 for by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, those that are called, fulfilling God’s desire to dwell within each of us in a covenant relationship. The most important reason for Jesus being Crucified on the Cross and Rising from the dead, was to fulfill and establishing this New Covenant as prophesied, Jeremiah 31:31- 33 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith the LORD: however, this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. As it is written in 1 Peter 2:9 Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; with Jesus as our High Priest… Again this is whom James is writing to, the brides and the priesthood of the New Covenant that what ratified by a covenant confirming meal at the last supper, and by the sprinkling of very blood as our High Priest, Jesus the anointed messiah. This is the meal as recorded in Matthew 26:26-28 as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. Moreover, he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. What sins you may ask? The sins against the covenant, that was broken all the way back in the book Exodus as referenced in Jeremiah!
Understanding the context of his letter! Realizing why James is encouraging the brethren by saying “count it all Joy” because we are participating in the work of the covenant, as a kingdom of Priests and Brides participating with our High Priest Jesus sharing in His suffering along with and his brother James, establishing the kingdom of God throughout the scattered tribes of Israel. James writes in James 1:2 my brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; the Joys is a result of the knowledge of knowing the reason for the struggle on a personal and a corporate level, James describes in his Epistle that the trying of your faith works patience, Letting patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James reminds us to ask for in prayer without wavering single-minded, and it shall be given to you we can be bold asking for wisdom because it is Gods desire that we would have this wisdom offering it to us liberally.
He also warns us that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways and when we are unstable in our thinking James 1:7 we should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Remember crowns are for a Kingly people with dominion over a kingdom, this is something that we lost when the covenant was broken, and with the establishment of the New Covenant Jesus gives us dominion, and shared authority in His kingdom, it is shared through enduring the trials and temptations of this life.
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