James

Dead or Alive

Nonbelievers are so bound in the sphere of sin, the world (Eph. 2:12), the flesh (Rom. 8:8), and the devil (1 John 5:19) as to be unable to respond to spiritual stimuli; totally devoid of spiritual life. The spiritually dead have no ability to make themselves alive.

Only through a union with Jesus Christ can those hopelessly dead in their sins receive eternal life. Believer’s sins are all put to Christ’s account, nailed to His cross as He paid the penalty in their place, for them, thus satisfying the just wrath of God against crimes requiring punishment in full.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 2:13,14.

the Father of lights

James 1.17

Two different Greek words for “gift” emphasize the perfection and inclusiveness of God’s graciousness.  The first denotes the act of giving, and the second is the object given.  Everything related to divine giving is adequate, complete, and beneficial.

“Father of lights” is an ancient Jewish expression for God as the Creator, with “lights” referring to the sun, moon, and stars.

No variation or shadow of turning.  From man’s perspective, the celestial bodies have different phases of movement and rotation, change from day to night, and vary in intensity and shadow.  But God does not follow that pattern-He is changeless.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for James 1:17.

 

Obedience Brings Glory

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-James 4:1-10- We may find it hard to submit to Jesus because we like to be in charge.  This has been our problem since the beginning.  Adam and Eve ignored God’s warning and did what they wanted, which ended in disaster.  Like them, we at times prefer to ignore God’s wisdom.

But by giving control to God, we actually get to live a life where blessings overflow (John 10:10).  We’ll experience His love, which satisfies like no other.  Our usefulness in His service will be maximized as we operate in the Spirit’s power.  And obedience also brings glory to Him as well as blessings to us.  Surrender is the way to abundance.  Won’t you humble yourself and give it all to Jesus?

Commentary from Charles Stanley, In Touch Devotional, February 11, 2020.

Depravity Parade

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The “confusion” of James 3:16 is the dis-order that results from the instability and chaos of human wisdom.  “Every evil thing” denotes things that are not so much intrinsically evil as they are simply good for nothing.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for James 3:16.

He heard and did nothing

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In James 1:22 we read that professing believers are to be “doers,” and that their entire personality should be characterized in that way.  Christians who are content with only hearing the Word have made a serious miscalculation.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for James 1:22.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Every good gift

and every perfect gift

is from above,

and comes down

from the Father of lights,

with whom there is no variation

or shadow of turning.

James 1:17

Since everything that I’m thankful for is from God, I’m giving thanks to Him today.  Wishing all of you a wonderful day today 🙂