From: Sophereth at Kirjath Sepher
To: those that will DO the Word. those who will OBEY the Word.
. James 1:1,22,23,24,25 Amplified. James, A servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Messiah, to the twelve tribes scattered abroad among the Gentiles in the dispersion: Greetings.(See: the posts titled Who Is Israel? July 26, 27, 28, 29, August 3, 2015) …be DOERS of the Word (OBEY the message), and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves (into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth). For if anyone only listens to the Word without OBEYING it and being a DOER of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his (own) natural face in a mirror; for he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. but he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the (law) of liberty, and is faithful to it and PERSEVERES in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active DOER (who OBEYS), he shall be blessed in his DOING (his life of OBEDIENCE).
. James 2:14,17,18,20,22,24,26. Amplified. What is the use (profit), my brethren, for anyone to profess to have faith if he has no (good) works (to show for it)? Can (such) faith save (his soul)? …So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of OBEDIENCE to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). But someone will say (to you then), You (say you) have faith, and I have good works. Now you show me your (alleged) faith apart from any (good) works (if you can), and I by (good) works (of OBEDIENCE) will show you my faith…Are you willing to be shown (proof), you foolish (unproductive, spiritually deficient) fellow, that faith apart from (good) works is inactive and ineffective and worthless?….You see that a man is justified (pronounced righteous before God) through what he DOES and not alone through faith (through works of OBEDIENCE as well as what he believes)….For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from (it’s) works of OBEDIENCE is also dead.
. Whew!!! the Amplified is so….AMPLIFIED!!!
. Faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing the Word of God. but hearing is not enough. God expects us to DO what we have heard.
. When the Lord God reveals a Truth from His Word to us, by His Spirit, if we don’t DO it, we promptly forget it. His pattern for us is this: He says it. From His Word, by His Spirit. We DO it. If He says it, and we don’t DO it, we promptly forget it. That’s called disobedience.