Study In James – Jas 4:11-17 Speak Not Evil One of Another

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Jas 4:11-17 Speak Not Evil One of Another

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.
Jas 4:12  There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
Jas 4:13  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
Jas 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Jas 4:15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
Jas 4:16  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
Jas 4:17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

I read and reread these verses because I just felt they were tied together. I kept in mind that there were no chapter breaks and no punctuation when James wrote these words. It was a letter written, not chapters as we call them. James had just finished talking about the law and how speaking evil of a brother was speaking evil of the law. He then went on to say that God is the law giver and that only He was able to save or destroy. So who are we to judge our brothers or sisters and thereby destroy them? Their lives are planned by God not us. Therein lies the law. The law is to judge spiritually, for the law is spiritual.

Rom 7:14  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Rom 7:15  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

Do we know that God is a Spirit and the law is spiritual? What does it mean that the law is spiritual? The natural man has never and will never keep the law, because the natural man is carnal.

Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Gen 6:3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

In no way, shape or form can we as natural beasts keep the law of God. Our very birth excludes us from keeping the law.

Psa 51:5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

What we do, we do not allow to happen. That is an amazing statement.  The Spirit spoke, “that which I do I allow NOT”. I am not in control of what I do. But do we believe that? Do we believe that our flesh is sold under the law of sin and death. Do we believe that the law can only be kept spiritually?

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

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.

Do we walk according to a carnal commandment or a spiritual commandment?

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

The spiritual law of Christ has freed me from the carnal law that applies to the flesh. It frees me in the sense of being justified before God. I cannot be justified in the flesh according to the law of sin and death. The law of sin and death means that the law was given to show us our sin, not to justify us. If we live our lives thinking we are being justified by what we do or don’t do, according to the literal law, we are walking according to the flesh.

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

“WHAT THE LAW COULD NOT DO” – the law COULD NOT make me righteous and after a 10-second sinner’s prayer, still can’t make me righteous. It was given to show what the flesh is, not to conform it.

Rom 8:4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Now that we see our afflicited state in the flesh, we have to see that God created us in a condition of helplessness according to the flesh. We were given the law to see our condition, not to get justified by it according to the flesh. We must see all of humanity in this condition, therefore how can we judge them in the flesh? As James is saying there is One lawgiver Who destroys by the law of death and then gives life by the law of the spirit.

Rom 8:5  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Now that God has made us part of the Body of The Christ, He has condemned sin in my flesh as Christ sits upon the throne of my heart. As He walked the physical earth 2000 years ago, He is in our earth now, showing us what truth is according to the spirit; how to make righteous judgment according to the flesh; how sin was a very important part of the flesh to teach the new man He is creating truth in us.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

These verses plainly tell us that to try and justify oneself by the carnal commandments is being carnally minded or being doubleminded.

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Having gone over these verses, we can lay the foundation for what James means by the law. To judge anyone according to the flesh is to make yourself a doer of the law. That means by the same judgment you judge anyone, you shall be judged. Judge according to the law, and you will be judged according to the law. Judge according to the spirit, and you shall be judged according to the spirit. The law of the spirit says that all men are where they are because that is where their Creator has them. He is the One Who created their aion (eon), and He it is Who has written their book in the flesh. Having said that, let’s read James 4:11-17 again and see how the verses were to be read together and without a break.

“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. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

To think you can judge anyone because of what you perceive they have done either good or evil is walking according to the flesh. To think you can plan your life according to the flesh, make plans and rejoice in what you believe you’ll accomplish according to your plans, is walking according to the flesh and is BREAKING THE SPIRITUAL LAW OF GOD.

Our physical life is a vapor, we do not know what God has planned for us tomorrow, the next hour or even the next minute. Whatever comes to pass is because our book is being read according to the plan of God.

Psa 139:16  Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them. (ASV)

If the LORD wills, we will live. If the LORD wills, we will die. We know that the LORD wills we die, for all will die in the flesh. We will all live, at one point or another, in the first resurrection or the second, but it is all according to the will of God, what we do or don’t do. For us to see it any other way in sin.

Jas 4:17  To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

To him that knows this truth and does it, it is good, to him that knows this truth and does it not, it is sin. We will do both at some point for light must come OUT OF DARKNESS.

2Co 4:5  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
2Co 4:6  Seeing it is God, that said, Light shall shine out of darkness, who shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

We learn from chastisement, we learn from the sin with which we were created. Righteousness comes out of unrighteousness, truth from error, light from darkness.

When God flooded the earth during the days of Noah, it was a parable of our literal lives. We are the souls that were preached to that repented not.

1Pe 3:18  For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1Pe 3:19  By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
1Pe 3:20  Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

We are the Ark in Christ, created by Christ, into which Christ enters and is the ship master. The water of the word floods what we thought we were and destroys our flesh.

Mat 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Mat 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Mat 24:37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Mat 24:38  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Mat 24:39  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

However, we enter the ARK/TEMPLE after the 7 days or 7 plagues have been fulfilled.

Gen 7:10  And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

Rev 15:6  And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
Rev 15:7  And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
Rev 15:8  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

After seven days the floods come, we enter the Ark/temple and the flood waters, the word, covers our earth. This is the same thing of which Revelation is saying concerning no man was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. It all represents the wrath of God upon our flesh, our world, our earth – the washing of the water of the word. We are baptized in the flood of God’s word, the judgment of our flesh, the death of our flesh by the flood of God’s word. This is what Christ was refering to when He spoke to His disciples.

Mat 20:22  But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
Mat 20:23  And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

We are guided through the stormy waters with Christ at the helm. The waters that destroyed our unrepentance from thinking we are God is the word of God.

The raven that left our Ark is the Devil.

Gen 8:7  And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

Job 1:6  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
Job 1:7  And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Luk 4:13  And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

The dove is the symbol of the Spirit of God which gives us a token of peace in the leaf of an olive tree.

Mat 3:16  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Mat 3:17  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

The Ark is in the waters until they slowly recede. The waters soak into our earth and evaporate into our heavens. But the receding of the waters is a slow process because the ground can only soak in so much water at a time, and the evaporation is according to the amount of Sun we are receiving. But all of this is for our learning in the spirit, not the flesh. Why do the waters that destroyed us recede? Because we then must bring forth fruit from the destruction of the waters. Until the days of Noah it did not rain. This was the first time rain fell on the earth. Up until this rain it says the earth produced mist.

Gen 2:5  And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
Gen 2:6  But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

The mist represents the sweat of our brow that we have when toiling with our earth, trying to bring forth fruit to God without the rain or destruction of the flesh.

Gen 3:17  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Gen 3:18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

What does all this have to do with James and the law? It all goes back to the beginning when we were told in our own garden of Eden that we could be as gods and know good from evil. But if you judge your brother according to the flesh, which you see as good, you sin against God. If you believe you have the power to direct your life and go here and there, stay here so long, make money, be the god of your life, you have sinned against God. It is an evil that we must commit so that we will learn from it. It is an evil written in all our books. Am I saying;

Rom 3:8  And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

Obviously not, but what the scriptures do say is that we will all do evil and those in the first resurrection will see it as a necessary good, light FROM darkness.

Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Rom 3:13  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Rom 3:14  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Rom 3:15  Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Rom 3:16  Destruction and misery are in their ways:
Rom 3:17  And the way of peace have they not known:
Rom 3:18  There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

The point of James is to see that we are all on an equal plane. No mountain is taller than another, no valley lower than another. We were all created equally evil.

Luk 3:4  As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Luk 3:5  Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
Luk 3:6  And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

This IS THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, THIS IS SALVATION FROM THE DEATH OF THE FLESH, because the flesh may go to the grave forever, but our spirit shall only sleep until we are called to life by Him Who created it.

Isa 40:3  The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

His voice is as the flood waters of Noah’s time in our wilderness, and that voice shows us who we are, and by showing us who we are, our valleys are exalted and our mountains are brought low. What we thought was evil and what was OUR sin/valley will be lifted up as a necessary good. What we thought was our mountain/power shall be brought low to see it was not our power but God’s power and might and it was our evil to think it was our power. Everyone on an equal plane is the gospel of good news.

Isa 40:4  Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

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