Showing posts with label speech. Show all posts
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05 August 2019

A Few Thoughts on the Epistles of James—James 1:26-27

D2 Believers Should Realize Actions Speak Louder Than Words James 1:26-27

James 1:26-27 WEL If anyone among you seems to be religious and does not control his speech, he deceives his own heart. This man’s religion [is] useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God, even the Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unblemished from the world.

Seems to be religious=
  • The Greek word for religious is θρησκός thrēskós. It means worshipful, pious, religious, and caring about the outward form of religious duties, actions, and rituals.
  • Seems means seems. The understanding of this is an outward form of being religious, not inward. An inward religious faith will be seen outwardly, since we live what we really believe.
  • Being religious outwardly is deceptive. The practitioner seems to be the most holy person, but in private, they are not. The outward deception would lead a person to believe they are right in God’s eyes when they are not at all.
Luke 11:42 NRSV But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others.
 Galatians 6:3 NRSV For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves.
 1 John 1:6 NRSV If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true.
 The opposite is seen
 In James 1:27
 Galatians 5:22-23 NRSV By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,  23  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

Control speech=
  • The Greek word is χαλιναγωγέω chalinagōgéō. It means to lead an animal by a bridle, so controlled and restrained.
  • This is aligned with James 1:19 in being quick to listen, slow to talk, slow to anger.
  • Proverbs 13:3 NLT Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.
  • Deceives=
  • The Greek word is ἀπατάω apatáō. It means being fooled into believing something that is not true.
  • Self-deception is one of the worse of deceptions (2 Timothy 3:7).
 People flatter themselves that they are good and right with God and that they are not evil or sinful: Psalm 36:2 NET for he is too proud to recognize and give up his sin.
 1 John 1:8 NLT If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.
 Church members can be deceived, too, in thinking they are spiritually rich and gifted. Revelation 3:17 NLT You say, 'I am rich. I have everything I want. I don't need a thing!' And you don't realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.

The person described is seen by God as being empty. Their “religion” is worthless.
  • Pure and undefiled religion=
  • Religion is the same word as verse 28.
  • Pure and undefiled is according to God’s standards, not ours, the churches, or the worlds.
  • Deeds show the true belief of a person. Things done in private are important, for people can be willfully deceptive outwardly, as we have seen.
  • Before God and Father=
  • God sees all we do and think.
  • He sees our motives.
  • Two examples are givenvisiting the Christian needy especially orphans and widows and to be unblemished by the world’s worldview and lifestyle.
  • Meeting needs in priority
 My spouse first (God has no needs), then my children, then the members of my Christian fellowship, then the greater family of Christians, and finally unbelievers.
 Orphans and widows. Orphans before widows. Just giving money is not the same. If possible give personally face to face to help meet all needs.
 John Wesley writes on this verse: The only true religion in the sight of God, is this, to visit - With counsel, comfort, and relief. The fatherless and widows - Those who need it most. In their affliction - In their most helpless and hopeless state. Note, relief has the idea of physical needs (food and shelter), emotional needs, and spiritual needs.
 Remember Luke 10:25-37, the illustration of the Good Samaritan giving help to the needy.
Unblemished from the world.
 The Greek word is ἄσπιλος áspilos. It means to be free from scandals and evil (1 Timothy 3:7).
 Not living the world’s way (Galatians 5:19-21), thinking the world’s way (Colossians 2:8, 1 John 2:15, 1 Corinthians 3:19-20), or anything of the world’s standards and beliefs (Romans 8:7, 2 Timothy 3:1-9).
  • Why do actions reveal more about us than words?
  • What does our speech reveal about us?
  • What does God look at more than words or deeds?
  • How can we avoid being self-deceived?
How can we help our brothers and sisters?

A Few Thoughts on the Epistles of JamesJames 1:26-27

James, speech, façade of righteousness, true righteousness, meeting needs, self-flattery, self-deception

22 August 2018

James 3

A3 Chapter 3

B1 Teachers
C1 This is teachers who teach the Christian faith.
C2 They must know the Gospel, Christian doctrine, and the Christian life.
C3 If a teacher teaches falsehood, God will judge.
C4 We should be careful to know the truth.
C5 We must interpret the Bible, read the Bible, and study the Bible in its plain, normal sense.
B2 Speech James 3:1-12
C1 What we say can be very dangerous. Our tongue cannot be tamed.
C2 The perfect man is one who is a mature Christian.
D1 Perfect has the sense of complete.
D2 In this case, complete in holiness in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
D3 Verses
E1 Matthew 5:48 CSB - Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
E2 1 John 4:18 CSB - There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears is not complete in love.
C3 The Lord Jesus is the only one who is sinless and perfect..
C4 Some things:
D1 Lying VS truth
D2 Verbal abuse VS encouragement
D3 Foolishness VS wisdom
D4 Babbling VS quiet
B3 The life that the Lord Jesus wants of us is a life of wisdom towards others. James 3:13
C1 Words and self opinions may be OK.
C2 The truth is seen in actions, not just words.
C3 The Lord Jesus lived as He preached. Hebrews 13:8 CSB - Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
B4 Four things that we are NOT to have James 3:14
C1 Bitter envy The word has to do with zeal, a hot, angry jealousy, emotional passion for something. Our zeal must be for God and His ways, not for us and our ways. Notice that this and selfish ambition are a heart issue: Matthew 15:19 GNB For from your heart come the evil ideas which lead you to kill, commit adultery, and do other immoral things; to rob, lie, and slander others.
C2 Selfish ambition The Greek word implies a politician running for office making statements to get elected. These appear to be promises and truth but are not.
C3 Bragging which has the idea of having something, say an ability or talent, and shamelessly bragging about it. This bragging and lying is to oppose, negate, and hinder truth. It is implying that what I believe is truth rather than truth (reality).
C4 Lie against the truth An example of this is Paul: Acts 26:8-9 CSB - "Why do any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead? "In fact, I myself was convinced that it was necessary to do many things in opposition to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
B5 Different kinds of wisdom James 3:15-18
C1 Worldly wisdom James 3:15-16
D1 This is the type of wisdom, philosophy, debate, argument, science, etc. against truth, especially the Christian faith. Some have left the faith from this “scholars.” 1 Timothy 6:20-21 NASB - O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge"-- which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you.
D2 Labeled as earthly, sensual, devilish.
D3 Leads to
E1 Disorder
E2 Every type of evil
D4 This wisdom is foolish: 1 Corinthians 3:18-20 NKJV - Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness"; and again, "The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.
C2 Godly wisdom James 3:17-18
D1 Facts, that is, based on God’s standards, truth, reality, and what is most reasonable. All these are in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds.
E1 God gives this wisdom: Proverbs 2:6 CSB - For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
E2 We need to ask from God: James 1:5 CSB - Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him.
D2 We can read and study wisdom—The Bible
C3 Table of 2 sources of wisdom

Wisdom Not From Above
Wisdom From Above
Bitter jealousy
Selfish ambition
Lying against the truth
Selfish ambition

Produces good results (in the things we do)
No prejudice
No hypocrisy
Evil deeds and actions

B6 Application
C1 We need to be careful what we teach.
C2 The Bible is the only source of 100% truth.
C3 We need to pray for God’s help so we can watch what we say.
C4 We need God’s wisdom, so we ask and study the Bible and apologetics as Cold Case Christianity.