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wisdom of God obtainable to His people:
Jas 3: 17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable,
gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without
partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make
conclude, brothers and sisters, that there is nothing wishy washy, warm and
fuzzy, touchy feely in this chapter. There are no humanistic concepts such as
sometimes things have to be messy in the church as a part of our journey on the
road to growth. No, dearly beloveds messy and chaotic is always the wrong road
for us to be on. There is no need for us to set up recovery groups for the
broken with little ability to control their tongues. This is not about self-
absorption, but absorbing the truth of God of how we are commanded by Him to
understand and apply the word of God in our interactions with one another and
in the world. The emphasis here, holy people, is that we know directly from the
word, what God has set as wisdom within
the church, and it must always reflect His will and be obedient to His commands
as set within and from the standard and boundaries of the inerrant eternal
truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, correctly interpreted and lived.
hagios), although I have used the word ‘choose’ within this study, as mentioned
earlier, this chapter reveals that to say we have the choice is too weak of a
phrase to use here, because the intent here is clearly that as saved persons we
have received the power, and renewed hearts and minds from the Holy
Spirit, through Jesus Christ to be able
to trust, obey and carry out all the will of God for us, out of love for Him
and His eternal truth. The whole of scriptures backs this up fully and
not mentioned here as such, however, those born of faith in Jesus Christ have
received His spiritual DNA of salvation, that is eternally, profoundly fixed and unchangeable to an absolute
degree so that the good fruit produced from those indwelt by the Holy Spirit
always reflects and replicates and remains true to that of its progenitor Jesus Christ, without error or reversions. So, brethren, we
can easily grasp that it is out of our God given new natures that we more than
merely choose to do good, but do good out of redeemed natures made righteous by
God. The concept of doing good by personal volition of choice is not once
mentioned in the gospels for this reason.
there are always those who claim man has free will to do either good or evil
apart from the will of God. However, brothers and sisters, the presence of moral,
civil and criminal law enforcement authorities of some type on the entire
planet, with the fact that most people on earth do their utmost to secure their
families, homes and valuables at all times would speak to the direction they believe
that free will bends and it is highly un likely to be towards good. Lord Jesus Christ
declares absolutely: Mat 7:19 Every
tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Jhn 8:34 - Jesus
answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
Rom 1:18 - For
the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
1Jo 3:10 - In
this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever
doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
No one has
authority or approval from God to unrepentantly disrespect Him or His people: 1Co 3:17 - If
any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God
is holy, which temple ye are.
we are not of them that draw back unto perdition, nor are we alone in our works
of righteousness for God enables us both to will and to do.( Phl 2:13).
Therefore, James after teaching us carefully
the consequences of the judgement of God against any of us us for being
teachers damaging the body of Christ due to not bridling our tongues, leaves us
confidently with God’s list of what we can and are commanded to do to sow peace,
be wise and perfect amongst ourselves to show evidence to God and the body of Christ
that we are godly teachers approved by God and have no need to fear His
judgement. These only are the teachers that God approves of in His body.
Wisdom of God
is Pure: clean, pure, physically, purified by fire
similitude, like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit, ethically
free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt, free from every admixture of what
is false, sincere genuine, blameless, innocent.
Peaceable: peaceable, pacific, loving peace: James 3:17; bringing
peace with it, peaceful, salutary.
Easy to be
entreated: easily obeying, compliant.
Full of mercy
and good fruits: Mat 5:7 - Blessed
are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Luk 6:36 - Be
ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Luk 8:15 - But
that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having
heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
without favoritism. 1Ti 5:21 - I
charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels,
that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing
nothing by partiality.
unfeigned, undisguised, sincere, genuine.
Eph 5:9 - (For the
fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
1Pe 3:8 - Finally,
be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as
brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
1Jo 3:18 - My
little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in
let us be fully persuaded, convicted and convinced, to be peace makers sowing
peace in the body and reaping the fruit of righteousness amongst ourselves. This
we shall surely do by the power of God out of love for the truth, for Him and
our brothers and sisters.
the church body general is to derive their teachings from scripture. Besides
being taught the scriptures, we still need to read it for ourselves, to let it
speak the truth to us and to know how to follow and please our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ. There are many ways to access the Bible and even listen to the
Bible. It is also good for us to take time to sit and listen to the Bible with
pen and paper in hand to make notes to follow up on when something grabs our
attention, as well as to let it teach us directly. God forbids us to receive
either teachings or teachers who come with any doctrines not found in the
gospel of Jesus Christ.
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kind of wisdom-earthly, sensual, devilish:
Jas 3: 14But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory
not, and lie not against the truth. 15This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly,
sensual, devilish. 16For where
envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy.
or intriguing for office, apparently, in the NT a courting distinction, a
desire to put one's self forward, a partisan and fractious spirit which does
not disdain low arts, partisanship, fractiousness.
Confusion: instability, i.e. a state of disorder: —commotion,
confusion, tumult, disturbance. 1Co 14:33 - For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,
as in all churches of the saints.
2Co 12:20 KJV
- 20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that
I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates,
envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
2Co 5:10 KJV
- 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
foul, evil, wicked deeds, matters generated out of; mean, worthless, of no
account, ethically, bad, base, wicked.
Lie not: don’t
utter an untruth or attempt to deceive by falsehood: —falsely, lie.
sisters, when God shows us the truth in His word, we are commanded to obey it. To
say we have the choice is too weak of a phrase to use here, because the intent
here is clearly that as saved persons we have received the power, and renewed
hearts and minds from the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ to be able to trust, obey
and carry out all the will of God for us, out of love for Him and His eternal
truth. The whole of scriptures backs this up fully and completely. Devilish
wisdom has no place in God’s people nor in the body of Christ.
1Jo 2:4 - He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments,
is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
principal of animal life, which men have in common with the brutes, the
sensuous nature with its subjection to appetite and passion.
or proceeding from an evil spirit, demon-like.
Earthy: the wisdom of man, liable to error and
beloveds, God relentlessly, exclusively, explicitly, exhaustively, takes us to
His spiritual bootcamp to give all of us a spiritual crash course in what He
commands and enables us to carry out consistently in our everyday conduct
amongst one another and in the world. Saints
(G40 hagios)God is not addressing those who are powerless to carry out His will,
but those who can through His power given to all believers. Therefore, God absolutely
will not justify nor excuse anyone amongst us who resist the truth of God by
lying denials or excuses.
God’s way is
the only right way and the only right way is God’s way.
1Ti 3:15 - But
if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in
the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground
of the truth.
brethren, again and again, leaves no mystery, excuses, confusion, questions,
about how we are to behave ourselves within the household of God, and in the
world. Again, holy people, it is clear
that although the psychological processes of the human mind and heart are not
so named as such here, they are nevertheless dealt with here in the sense that
everything we truly believe in our hearts is understood and encoded in our minds
and spoken outwardly to others with our tongues. Our minds and hearts are to be
ruled by the standard and boundaries as set in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Mar 12:30 - And
thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and
with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first
Our Lord Jesus
6:45 - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that
which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth
forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
people, the strictest of dichotomies here; there is absolutely no duality in
the word of God of anyone in Him being a combination of both good and evil.
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Jas 3: 13Who is a wise man and
endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his
works with meekness of wisdom.
Endued with knowledge:
intelligent, experienced, one having the knowledge of an expert.
show, expose to the eyes, to give evidence or proof of a thing, to show by
words or teach.
Good: beautiful, handsome, excellent, eminent,
choice, surpassing, precious, useful, suitable, commendable, admirable, beautiful
to look at, shapely, magnificent, good, excellent in its nature and
characteristics, and therefore well adapted to its ends, genuine, approved, precious,
joined to names of men designated by their office, competent, able, such as one
ought to be
noble, beautiful by reason of purity of heart and life, and hence praiseworthy,
morally good, noble, honourable, conferring honour, affecting the mind
agreeably, comforting and confirming.
of life, conduct, behavior, deportment.
work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication, an act:—deed, doing,
meekness: mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit, meekness.
brothers and sisters, we note that the Bible addresses the perfect man, now we
see the Bible addressing the wise man. In both cases the Bible is neither addressing
or approving of those coming with bells and whistles of pride presenting
themselves as the best thing since sliced bread and everybody else is not so much.
We are forbidden by God to be like this or to elevate or promote such persons
saints (G40 hagios), carefully, explicitly, exhaustively defines that only
those among us who show consistent evidence of ruling their tongues, and who
are truly wise will have the evidence of it shown to all in their consistent
actions, behaviors and deeds amongst the brethren. Furthermore, they will come
in meekness and in the wisdom derived from the scriptures not in the pride of
their personal opinions and extra biblical doctrines.
Mat 7:24 - Therefore
whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto
a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Eph 5:15 - See
then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but
understanding what the will of the Lord is.
holy people, is explicit, exclusive, inerrant, final, eternal and complete. Dearly
beloveds, we know that the whole of our lives, manner of living is held
eternally within the everlasting truth of the standard and boundaries as set by
God in the eternal gospel of Jesus Christ.
any and all contradictory teachings outside of or mixed in with the gospel is
an abomination that is absolutely forbidden by God to be accepted in His body. It
cannot be said often enough, we are commanded to practice what we hear in the
word of God.
Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not
hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Deceiving: to cheat by false reckoning, to deceive by
false reasoning, to deceive, delude, circumvent, includes Self- deception.
Jas 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man
be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh
not the righteousness of God.
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Jas 3: 9Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we
men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My
brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water
and bitter? 12Can the fig
tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no
fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
attend to carefully, take care of, to guard, metaph. to keep, one in the state
in which he is, to observe, to reserve: to undergo something.
absolutely not burdensome, heavy in weight, metaph. severe, stern, weighty, of
great moment, violent, cruel, unsparing.
people can we talk? We know the word of God is absolutely clear, and always the
truth, we cannot have it both ways, regularly speaking nasty sometimes, and
sometimes speaking nice. God will not compromise His commands. We are not to
operate out of our old man or old natures: Eph 4:22 - That
ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt
according to the deceitful lusts;
beloveds, God is not addressing rules and regulations that can change over time
or even be confusing. He is addressing the truth that the standards and boundaries
for our conduct, character, conversation, inner processes of our minds and
hearts, along with the use of our time, talents, and treasure are eternally
laid out within the framework of the new covenant of Jesus Christ our Lord and
Saviour, and fully backed up by scripture as a whole.
takes time to learn what God’s commands are, which we learn from godly preachers,
teachers, the body general along with our own Bible study. But when
we learn them, saints (G40 hagios), we are immediately to put them into
practice so that they become our way of life, by the power of the indwelling Holy
Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ. Every
command that God has given His people, He has also equipped them with the power
to do it. God in no wise is addressing the natural man or unbeliever, but those
whose faith is in Jesus Christ.
It is a
mistake to think that the Bible does not address the subject of our minds, and
consciences for it does indeed in too many places to post. But these too, again,
brethren, we are to conform to the same pattern that God commands:
Say these with me brothers and sisters: 1Co 2:14 - But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of
God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned. 15- But he that is spiritual judgeth
all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 - For who hath known the
mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
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sisters, what a joy it is to meet here with you again in this study as we
continue to dig into the word of God to reveal its everlasting treasures for us
to understand and apply in practice.
Jas 3: 7For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of
things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly
evil, full of deadly
to tame, curb, restrain.
Unruly: that can not be restrained.
Evil: of a
bad nature, not such as it ought to be, of a mode of thinking, feeling, acting,
base, wrong, wicked, troublesome, injurious, pernicious, destructive, baneful.
Poison: poison of asps is under their lips, spoken
of men given to reviling and calumniating and thereby injuring others, rust.
Whew!! God is
making it clear our words matter to Him and therefore, must absolutely matter
to us as well. Holy people, we know that
Christians are hated in the world, and spoken evil against continually, we are
forbidden to treat one another hatefully like the world treats us. We are to be
a haven of love and blessing to and for one another out of love for God and one
another. And this we can and will do by the grace of God.
Brothers and sisters, is this mankind’s true
last frontier the taming of the self? Is there contradiction in mankind being
asked to tame the untamable? Is God asking the impossible then of His people?
These are questions some might sincerely ask or enquire about. First of all,
brethren, mankind has no interest in taming himself, nor has he any ability to
do so. So, we see it is not mankind that God is commanding to tame anything
about itself of its own free will. The power to appropriate the bridling of the
tongue, however is available to everyone who believes obeys and trusts Jesus Christ,
and God is no respecter of persons.
humanistic doctrines contain some truth, they change with the culture or waves
of new think so prevalent in the secular world so that what might be patently
evil, becomes acceptable in their doctrines.
this is why we should never bypass the counsel of God, which is unchanging,
everlasting, and always for the glory of God and our good. Every and all the
doctrines we need, brethren, are carefully laid out within the standards and
boundaries of the new covenant of Jesus Christ, and backed up by the Bible in
its entirety, for all human conduct and behavior.
This is why
we do not have to look for humanistic theories, methodologies, or techniques or
wonder how in the world are we to accomplish the power of self -control: 2 Ti 1: 7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but
of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Sound mind: an admonishing or calling to soundness
of mind, to moderation and self-control. self-control, moderation.
This is why
we absolutely can trust the unchanging word of God to guide and instruct us to
the full in every right way we are commanded to live to be pleasing in His
sight out of trust, love and obedience to Him. All who have come to faith in Jesus
Christ are endowed with the power of God through the indwelling Holy Spirit to
bridle our tongues.
say these verses with me, then repeat them with personal pronouns and let us
mean them in our hearts and minds: Eph 4:29 - Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but
that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the
Col 3:8 - But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice,
blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
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sisters, although James 3 is not a long chapter, we can see that God through
James is running at full throttle to convict, convince, and fully persuade us to
trust that God always knows what is best for His people, than His people can
ever know on their own. Self- control, self- restraint is more than a value but
a command of God to the church as a whole
Jas 3:5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things.
Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6And the tongue is world of iniquity:
so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and
setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
stain or soil (literally or figuratively).
Lord Jesus teaches
us: Mat 15:11Not that
which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the
mouth, this defileth a man. 20 These are the
things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a
Mar 7:20 And he
said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
the mind, holy people, is not mentioned
here, however it is still clear that the unseen inner processes of people’s deeply
held feelings, passions, emotions, opinions, motives, intentions and deeply rooted
beliefs that they really hold as true in their hearts and minds are not to be released unfiltered,
as intentionally or not they can be unhelpful and injurious to the body of Christ.
Instead, brethren, God has empowered us to bring these
powerful inner processes of the mind and heart under the control of our God given
intellectual or rational minds held in check, and operating by the standards and boundaries
set in the gospel, to filter out that which is hurtful or injurious to the
body, and bring forth or release to others that which is God honoring and
helpful to build up the body. These mature persons are the only teachers approved by God in His
sisters, say it with me: Psa 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be
acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psa 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my
heart shall be of understanding.
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sisters, we get it, God is telling all of us that not only does He forbid
absolutely any physical abusers in the church, but He forbids all forms of verbal
abusers too in the church. Let us look again at this preamble to James 3: 1My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive
the greater condemnation. 2For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word,
the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole
beloveds, we can surely agree by now that James is not condemning teachers as a
whole. We can agree and understand that as people although saved we all have
the tendency and have demonstrated at some point or another failure to control
our tongues, and know that God is going to condemn us for this if we do not
repent. None of us gets a pass from God to verbally abuse anybody.
We know that
we do not have to fear God condemning us, dearly beloveds, if we are the kind
of teachers who consistently shows maturation in controlling our tongues, and
therefore being self- disciplined people amongst ourselves.
(G40 hagios), there is no room for us to walk back from this word, perfect.
Perfect is more than a word it is that state of spiritual wholeness,
completeness of the whole person in mind and heart in being obedient to the
will of God demonstrated in practice by conforming to Him out of love for Him
and His eternal truth.
to its end, finished, Perfect: wanting nothing necessary to completeness, perfect,
that which is perfect, consummate human integrity and virtue, full grown,
adult, of full age, mature. Godly perfection is achievable and doable for all
believers through the indwelling Holy Spirit, who strengthens and endows us
with power through the faith of Jesus Christ. Self- control or the ability to
restrain the self is not a ministry we have to wait on, nor a gift we have to
pray for it is ours to appropriate in obedience and practice.
control what comes out of other people, dearly beloveds, but we lie if we say we cannot control what
comes out of us, because God told us the truth that we absolutely can.
lead by a bridle, to guide, to bridle, hold in check, restrain.
God is not
telling us not to tell people the truth, or not ever be angry or not ever admonish
one another, but it cannot be done in an abusive and demeaning way that crushes
the spirit and causes more problems than it can ever resolve.
The love of
God constrains us brethren: Eph 4:32 And be ye
kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for
Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
point and the power in this message is fully realized in that a mature man or woman who chooses to
practice, check and control what comes out of their mouths has full control of
their inner thoughts, emotions and feelings as well, and can use them as
instruments of God’s will in their own lives, that of others and the
furtherance of building up the church.
(G40hagios) the mature teachers, holy people, will never be condemned by God,
but receive praise from Him and their hearers as well. Again, and again let it
be said continually, brethren, no physical or verbal abuser will ever be
praised by God, but instead condemned and must be stopped in the body of Christ.
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emotional feelings of ill will, meanness and other destructive feelings that
can arise from within us, those fierce storms arising from others against us in
either case, we have the God given power of self- control so that we do not
have to behave or react in destructive ways, but instead by choosing self-
control guide ourselves rightly in the sight of God and one another.
Pro 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own
spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without
Pro 16:32 He
that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth
his spirit than he that taketh a city.
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sisters, some might think that James did not include women in this chapter 3 of
James, because they
misinterpret these verses: 1Co 14:34 Let
your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to
speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the
1Ti 2:11 - Let the
woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 - But I
suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in
The role of
overseers is limited to men as God commands, but spreading and teaching the
gospel is open to all believers among themselves and in the world as we note in
the following verses.
Act 18:25 - This man
was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he
spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of
John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue:
whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and
expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me
in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers,
whose names are in the book of life.
it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit
upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall
prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall
Act 2:18 And
on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in
those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
21:9 And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.
Rom 12:6 Having
then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether
prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
here, dearly beloveds, is that God has a place set firmly within His standards
and boundaries for everyone in the church. So, we clearly see that we can be
sure that James is including women too in the command of controlling their
tongues in the church, and there are no contradictions in the cited verses in
any way whatsoever. Brothers and sisters, as to how these verses are not a
contradiction, is the not the subject of this study. However, holy people, feel
free to study this further on your own, because the Bible teaches itself why
there is no contradiction in these verses.
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Jas 4:11 - Speak not
evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and
judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou
judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
Col 3:17 - And
whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Col 4:6 - Let your
speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye
ought to answer every man.
Tit 2:8 - Sound
speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be
ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
1Pe 3:10 - For he
that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil,
and his lips that they speak no guile:
Brothers and sisters,
it is disturbing that this chapter 3 of James continues to in error be used by
some commentators to virtually condemn, tar and feather the body of Christ as a
whole. Instead what this chapter does among other things is to reveal major
problems that we all have in being abusive in our speech towards one another.
It teaches us the consequences of this, and the consequences are very severe
and damaging, even contagious to the body of Christ: 1Co 15:33 - Be not
deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
James in no way is trying to tar and feather the body of Christ or to present
the church as victims who need a recovery group to try and gain control over
regarding the command of God to control our tongues is for the whole of the
body not just the flock it includes the overseers to the church as well. Ironically,
saints (G40 hagios), those who use this chapter to all too eagerly and in error
condemn the church as a whole is speaking evil of the church and is doing
exactly as God forbids any Christian or anyone else to do: Rom 8:1 - There
is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who
walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
sisters, we know that God’s judgement to and for the Christian is an
exceedingly good thing for His glory and our good: 1Co 11:32 - But when
we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned
with the world. We, all Christians as a whole are to monitor and hold one
another responsible and accountable for operating within the standards and
boundaries that God has set, to encourage and to admonish one another as
needed. In this we defend and uphold the purity of the gospel message within
our ranks and the world. God Himself can and will directly discipline His
people by allowing them to suffer the consequences due to their disobedience.
hands, brethren, if you know that none of us was born saved, and all of us came
to faith with ways of operating that we had yet to learn were not acceptable
and even forbidden by God. (I raised mine, holy people). In mining this study
we have to start down the right road to arrive at the right place of
understanding what God wants us to learn and obey regarding the truth of
bridling the tongue as not being a suggestion, but a command that He has given
every Christian power to do without exception.
God is not
beating us up, brothers and sisters, He
is not condemning us. This is God’s crash course to the body of Christ, to control
our tongues it is not a suggestion, He allows no excuses, exceptions, options,
plan Bs, AND NO NEED TO WAIT, LET US DO IT NOW WITHOUR ANY FURTHER DELAY.
some might say that they have always said anything they wanted any way they
wanted to anybody, because that is just the way they are and feel it is wrong
to suppress their feelings or right to speak freely. Such persons are deceived
and must wake up, because God has given none of us, who claim to be a Christian
the authority to operate outside of His eternal standards and boundaries. Christian
liberty is never license to operate against the commands of God Almighty. We
all have the liberty to use our tongues within the standards and boundaries set
by God: Eph
4:15 - But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ:
us and empowers us to choose to mature and receive all the benefits of it that
comes to us as individuals and the church as a whole.
the prize that we can all take away from this study is to be fully convicted,
convinced and fully persuaded that we can and will boldly take control of our
tongues, out of trust, willing obedience, love of God and for God, the brethren
and all men.
Tue, Jul 2nd - 6:54AM
BE NOT MANY
TEACHERS WITH UNBRIDLED TONGUES
sisters, it is heart breaking that this chapter 3 of James is too often used to
in error brow beat God’s people and scare them off from even thinking about
being teachers. Certainly, a myth a false teaching has arisen from this, that
only people who are scholars, degreed or so-called experts should or can teach
is often reinforced by such teachers, who no matter how sincere, ignorant, or
purposefully, post their man- made credentials as the basis for why they should
be accepted as trusted teachers. Does this mean that Christians should not have
such credentials? We know, holy people, the motives behind these man-made
credentials relates more to pleasing men and fulfilling the requirements of man-
made doctrines to gain entry into some institution, organization, or
denomination, who would let no one in without it, Some might be taught extrabiblical
doctrines not found in or approved by scripture. So, these man-made credentials
are exclusive to these organizations and not the general body of believers.
It is common to also buy pastoral degrees on line, as well as to be ordained on line for a price. This has been banned only in Tennessee.
We know, dearly beloveds, this might be
difficult for some with man-made credentials to hear, but it is the truth,
because some would have never studied the Bible at all except it was required of
them to gain entrance, and or to obtain qualification to work within their
school or organization etc.
once the money is paid and man-made credentials are granted, there is nothing
in place for follow up, ongoing monitoring, or to hold the receiver accountable
for how she or he uses the teachings. There is no way for the grantors to
guarantee that the holders of the man-made credentials are actually Christians.
The same holds true of their teachers, who may be Christians, or even atheists
or agnostics, etc.
standards for the Christian teacher in the body of Christ is higher than man-made
standards or credentials.
the true credentials for understanding and teaching the Bible is that one must
be saved, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and teaching to please God, not men, by
studying the scripture for equipping themselves in works of righteousness, the
furtherance of his or her growth in rightly understanding and living the word
of God out of love for Him and His eternal truth, and to help others do the
No one who
has not believed in the Saviour and therefore has not received the indwelling Holy
Spirit can absolutely never qualify to be a teacher in any capacity to the body
of Christ: for without the Holy Spirit, given through faith in Jesus Christ it
is impossible for anyone to live or even understand the Bible.
James is straight forward warning the church against allowing the proliferation
of many unacceptable i.e.-all such teachers who are actually Christians, but
who choose to practice speaking unkindly to their brothers and sisters. In fact,
James is absolutely declaring that any Christian who operates in this way is
not fit to teach any Christian, and is ruled out as a teacher in any way or
manner whatsoever to the body of Christ. Interestingly, secular laws are in place to
protect people from slanderous, libelous, and yes hate speech. But James is
hitting hard in this third chapter of James, he is addressing all of us
brothers and sisters. He is comparing and contrasting the destructive out of
control teacher, with the propensity to run their mouths off not caring who
will be damaged by what they say, to the mature teacher who chooses to self -filter,
his words to build up not destroy the hearer.
Eph 4:31 - Let
all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put
away from you, with all malice:
Tit 3:2 - To speak
evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto
serola to be continued
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