Study in James – Jas 1:22-25 – “Be You Doers of The Word…”

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Study in James – Jas 1:22-25 – “Be You Doers of The Word…”

Jas 1:22 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Jas 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like to a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
Jas 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
Jas 1:25 But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein , he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

These verses are what we have really already covered when we were told to lay apart all over abundance of wicked works of the flesh. When we see that the hand of God is what directs our steps we do not see our “NATURAL MAN”. When we see that the works are predestined before the world began, we cannot see our natural man planning them, we only see God.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

These verses show us what being a doer of the word is, “not of yourselves”, “not of works” from the natural man that he could boast in, God’s workmanship, which He ordained that we should walk in them. These verses take the old man out of the equation. My old man was created to be destroyed, NOT so that he could bring about God’s WISHES of his own freewill. We are taught from birth that God does His part, now I must do my part, as if I have a part to do in it separate and independent of Him Who created the whole thing. The great lie I was told in the Babylonian teachings of the reformed doctrine was, “God doesn’t force you to do anything, He’s a gentleman”, as if the flesh knows what a gentleman is. “God just sees what you are going to do and uses it.” They limit God to seeing into the future but unable to stop my freewill choices. These are statements of a man who looks into a glass and then walks away and forgets that he is a man.

Jesus Christ left us an example of being a doer of the word and not just a hearer when contending with the Devil.

Mat 4:3  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

That’s being a doer of the word. Christ knew that living was not just eating physical bread that he took up to eat. Christ knew that the very bread when given was given by His Father, because it was written in His book to eat when the time came that was written for Him to eat. Every step, every word, every breath, every heartbeat is written and is a word for each one of those things to be done when God’s word speaks it into existence. Our every minute of life is a word proceeding out of the mouth of God, being created in our own garden of Eden to be lived out.

Jas 1:25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

If the LORD allows us to be set free from the bondage of the beast and gives us power to get the victory over his name, his mark, then we will be at liberty. For to be a hearer only of the word and not a doer is the second beast worshipping the first beast. It is building a idol of gold to worship the first Adam, the beast.

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

This worshipping of the first beast is being a hearer only of the word and not a doer. When I was in Babylon I gave power to the beast by saying I had freewill and that God forced no one because He was a gentleman. This is an indicator that I had the mark of the beast and that I worshipped the beast; I worshipped my flesh. I was not at liberty. I was still a slave of the law of sin and death. God had not yet spoken the words of liberty into existence in my story at that time. But thanks be to God He is allowing our heads to be bruised, He is allowing us to be put to death, He is allowing us to be free and not be encumbered by the weight of the chains of the flesh. We are set free from the law of sin and death, the law of Moses that was never intended for my new man, Christ, a righteous man.

1Ti 1:9  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
1Ti 1:10  For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

The word liberty comes from G1657 and is from G1658; freedom (legitimate or licentious, chiefly moral or ceremonial): – liberty.

When you look at where it comes from – G1658 – it opens a few more doors.

G1658 Probably from the alternate of G2064; unrestrained (to go at pleasure), that is, (as a citizen) not a slave (whether freeborn or manumitted), or (generally) exempt (from obligation or liability): – free (man, woman), at liberty.

Now look at some of the verses that this word liberty is used in;

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Rom_8:21 (2), 1Co_10:29, 2Co_3:17, Gal_2:4, Gal_5:1, Gal_5:13 (2), Jas_1:25, Jas_2:12, 1Pe_2:16, 2Pe_2:19
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From these verses we can be shown from what we are liberated. When we are liberated, we are dead to the old man and from the bondage of the corruption of the flesh. We are freed from the law contained in ordinances to the flesh and transferred into the liberty of the Spirit, for the Spirit searches our hearts.

Rom 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom 8:27  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

1Co 2:10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1Co 2:11  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

It is by the Spirit of God that we are given victory over the beast, over his name, over his number (the number of mankind) and the corruption of the fleshly worshipping of the first beast. This is not a one-time event in a 10-second sinner’s prayer. It is a daily putting to death of the old man, dying daily.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Being this new man means living by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. It is a knowing that every second of our aion is being read out of our book and put into action by Him Who is the word.

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Nothing in my life was made to be by ME. All things in my life were made by Him, and without Him was nothing made in anyone’s life. No one is his own creator, and no one can direct his own steps. Knowing all these things and living them out on a daily, hourly, minute by minute basis is being a doer of the word. If the words that come from your mouth are based in free will, then you have not been given the victory over the beast, your tongue has not been bridled, and your religion is in vain.

Jas 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

“THIS MAN” is the natural man that looks at himself in the mirror and then goes away forgetting that he had just looked at flesh/sin. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Visiting the fatherless and widows is visiting the works in my life with the truth that all things came from God our Father. All things were created by Him, therefore He is the Creator or Father of all things, good or evil.

Isa 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

This is when God brings words to those who are in desperate places. Without the knowledge that their deeds were works ordained before the world began, they are spiritually fatherless and widowed from a husband. Previously they think, as we all did, that their works were from themselves, that they were the creators of their own evil deeds. These are the lies that keep us fatherless and keep us widowed from our true Husband. Seeing these things on a daily basis is being a doer of the word and living by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

An unbridled tongue is when we claim our works as our own – good or evil. It is the indicator that our religion is in vain and we are worshipping ourselves as gods, separate and independent from The God.

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