Study in James – Jas 1:27 Pure Religion and Undefiled…

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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.

Now to James 2:1-13 to explain that these verses can be taken as almost the same verses we read in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man when you see that poor Lazarus and the rich man are the same man. I think of the words that I have heard when I have “fallen into temptation”. I hear the shameful words, the damnation, the judgment, the pointing of the finger at the poor man who had “fallen into tempation”. I hear them in the words of those around me talking of others, or I hear them coming out of my own mouth about others. Have these thoughts in mind when reading the following verses. Read them as ONE MAN and remember Lazarus as your poor man and the rich man as your religious flesh. And remember that the Apostle James knew of these truths and wrote them in like manner. Of course they apply outwardly, but the real lesson is inward and written for the spiritual person. If all we see is the literal poor and literal rich, we have been blinded by The LORD, and we think we are covered in purple and fare sumptuously.

Jas 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. [Inwardly of yourself and your supposed good works and evil works.]
Jas 2:2 For if there come to your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; [Where do we assemble in worship of God? We are the temple, and it is in this temple where we assemble to worship God.]
Jas 2:3 And you have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say to him, Sit you here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand you there, or sit here under my footstool:

The gold ring and goodly apparel is my clothing of myself as Adam and Eve did. We all love to clothe ourselves to cover who we are. I love to highlight my good deeds, my tithing, my baptisms, my giving literal money to the literal poor, my singing, my poem writing, my doctrinal knowledge, my kindnesses to those in my fellowship. But I NEVER highlight or think that it was sin that brought me to the kingdom of God. It was sin by which God humbled me. It was sin that made me low, not my goodnesses. It was sin that made me poor in spirit, not rich in spirit.

Jas 2:4 Are you not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

James just comes right out and says it, “ARE YOU NOT PARTIAL IN YOUSELVES, AND ARE BECOME JUDGES OF EVIL THOUGHTS.” He tells us that it IS IN OURSELVES that we have become judges of evil thoughts of what God has found acceptable ABOUT ME, not Christ, but ME. I am partial to highlight my goodnesses, clothing, and cover my sin, but it was sin that God used to bring me low – not my goodness.

Luk 17:3 Take heed to yourselves (partial in yourselves): If your brother (your old man/Esau) trespass against you (Jacob/Christ), rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Luk 17:4 And if he trespass against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to you, saying, I repent; you shalt forgive him.

This is an internal forgiveness. Take note there is a turning to repentance however, an asking for forgiveness. The number seven used in this parable is for the purpose of pointing out that it is a “complete” trespass and a “complete” repentance. The trespass will be used by God to “completely” destroy us until He creates “complete” repentance; because even our repentance is from God.

2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Jas 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him?

Who is an heir to the kingdom of God? The literal poor? No, the poor in spirit who have been crushed by the weight of seeing that we are beggars with open sores are the heirs of the kingdom;)

Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Jas 2:6 But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
Jas 2:7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which you are called?
Jas 2:8 If you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, You shalt love your neighbour as thyself, you do well:

The religious person in me, my old fleshly man, the second beast, is the rich man that beats my new man down. It is the rich man that brings my new man down by continuing to point out his sores.
“If you were a real christian, Dennis, you wouldn’t do the things you do.”

I become a judge and an oppressor of my new man. I despise Christ in me in so doing, because He represents the fact that ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM AND FOR HIM. I am nothing without Him and for Him. He created me with SORES. It is by these sores that He has ordained I am to be humbled and am thereby killed and taken into “REST”. This takes us to where Paul says the following;

1Co 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
1Co 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judges me is the Lord.
1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

This verse when looked at inwardly explains something I never saw before – Jacob could not be loved and Esau hated if Esau were never created. Jacob became heir because he tricked Esau for the birthright.

Gen 25:29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
Gen 25:30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray you, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
Gen 25:31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day your birthright.
Gen 25:32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
Gen 25:33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware to him: and he sold his birthright to Jacob.
Gen 25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

Once we become Jacob and take the birthright from our flesh, the flesh of our old man continues to accuse the new man and point out his faults, judging him and becoming respecter of persons. Making it as though it were by my own works of the flesh that God chose me to be who I am. But the old man gave up his birth right for a mere morsel of bread and beans.

Jas 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point , he is guilty of all.

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Mat 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Mat 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Mat 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Mammon represents our own self worth. It’s mammon that we serve and not God. If we think that Jesus was only talking about physical riches, we’ve been blinded by the light. I am still offending the law by my old man persecuting my new man. “If you hate your brother, you are a murderer.”

Jas 2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, YET IF YOU KILL, you art become a transgressor of the law.
Jas 2:12 So speak you, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
Jas 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.

God has chosen the “POOR BEGGAR” of this world to be rich in faith. Why? Because God chose to use the sin in my life to humble me and to kill me causing me to be RICH in faith in God and not in myself. Had he not enslaved me to sin or at least to see myself as enslaved to sin, I would have been even more puffed up with pride and arrogance. I had often thought that the supposed new man I thought I was really was just me in a new suit. And that is exactly what the second beast with the head wound is; ME DRESSED UP TO WORSHIP AN IDOL OF MYSELF.

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 causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Jas 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

This takes us back to the last study on being a doer of the word and not a hearer only. What does it mean to have faith without works? Being a hearer of the word and not a doer. Christ left us an example of what being a doer of the word is.

Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If you 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.

The verse says that Christ was “hungry” after He had been in the wilderness being tempted of the Devil and without food. This is a literal verse that needs to be seen in a parable inwardly. The wilderness is the world in us:

Isa 14:17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

And this world was put in us by God;

Ecc 3:11 He has made every thing beautiful in his time: also he has set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end.

So now we see that the world is in us and that the world is the wilderness that we are led to, to be tempted of the Devil IN US. We become spiritually hungry and are destitute of DAILY FOOD. Our flesh cries out the words of our father the Devil, “if you’re the son of God, turn these stony trials into food to satify yourself”. We then turn these trials into food by embracing our sin as ours and either live in the sins or we turn to self-help doctrines to fix what we believe we have created, we are saying we see. Christ was in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights. Four means the whole of something. So spiritually the forty days represent ten times four, which is the whole of the flesh in what the flesh sees as good. Because we do have deeds that are considered good deeds to the flesh but have no value to the spiritual realm. All the good deeds in the world still leave us HUNGRY for truth. Then in this wilderness we have forty nights, the completion of the evil flesh we see ourselves as. And as the days we are still left HUNGRY. We all will say, “no one’s perfect, thank God Jesus died on the cross 2000 years ago”. But that statement still left me HUNGRY. I thought I had seen my evil, but I only saw my evil in the NIGHT. I didn’t see my evil in the DAY. And it is not until God shows us that 4 + 4 = 8, the new man, am I able to SEE and be fed by “..every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”. It is the completion of the flesh in my day and night that makes the new man. A new man hungry for the word of God. Knowing that he is fed daily by the word of God, by every word that is read out his book for that day and that night that satisfies his soul. That in this New Jerusalem he has entered ,THERE IS NO NIGHT for the Son is The Light.

Now ……………..

Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
Jas 2:16 And one of you say to them, Depart in peace, be you warmed and filled; notwithstanding you give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

So the works that accompanied the faith of Christ was His answer to the Devil, which was the word of God, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”. And these words of God fed the hungry stomach of the spirit of Christ by bringing it into subjection to the word of God. So the daily food that we are to give a brother or sister that will be needful for THE BODY is showing them the word of God. Showing them the word of God and the truth of how we are living in the wilderness and that we are living in our wilderness by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. When we are destitue of DAILY FOOD we are being hearers of the word only. Then The Word of God, (Joh 1:1) in us speaks the word of life to our new man and
And we fed and filled.

This is having the faith of God that is accompanied by the works of God , the spiritual food that feeds our hungry BODY. For when we feed our brother or sister we are feeding ourselves as a whole body.

Job 34:3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.

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