Study In James – Jas 5:1-3 Your Riches Are Corrupted

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Jas 5:1-3 Your Riches Are Corrupted

Jas 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
Jas 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
Jas 5:3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

In the beginning of our study of James we learned that to understand theses scriptures we must look inwardly. We learned that the rich man and Lazarus were the old man and the new man. The rich man in fleshly worship, was cleaning the outside of the cup, the poor man is the new man, who is poor in thinking he has anything to offer God. Yet in this poor state he is made rich by the works of God which have been predestined in his aion. We have learned that the sin of our life that we were born with is the thing that God uses to bring us to the cross. It is how God humbles us, shows us who we are and thereby makes us poor in our works yet rich in the works of God. Being absolved of anything that we see as ours is God’s way of making us rich.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

The sins of our life which were written in our book by God were the wood, hay and stubble of what we thought were our works but are burnt up. That’s the negative side. When we see that even our sins were a necessary part of our lives, predestined for us to do and thank God for what He has done in our lives through them, those works stand in the fire and come out as gold, silver and precious stones. We are taught to buy gold from God. The gold is the death of what we thought was us, the death of the old man, the first Adam, the flesh. Our eyes are then anointed with the spirit of God, eyesalve, to see the truth of our lives.

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Rev 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

To see that all things in our life were predestined by God makes us poor in fleshly works of religion, but incredibly rich in the works of God. It is the work of God that brings about our darkness. He creates our good. Oh, we all believe that, but how many will, with a true heart, say “it was the work of God that created me as sin”? Let’s look at an example of a sin in a life of one of the bible’s premier kings and see why it all came to be and what was the outcome. We will see just how it was God’s work to make him poor when he thought he was rich. It was God’s plan to make good come from evil.

2Sa 11:2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
2Sa 11:3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
2Sa 11:4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
2Sa 11:5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.

We all know the story of King David’s sin with Bathsheba, how later he has her husband killed to cover up his sin. Because Uriah would not sleep in his house while his troops were in the field at war David had him put in the front lines so that he would be killed and David could have his wife.

2Sa 11:6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.
2Sa 11:7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.
2Sa 11:8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king.
2Sa 11:9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.
2Sa 11:10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?
2Sa 11:11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.
2Sa 11:12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow.
2Sa 11:13 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.
2Sa 11:14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
2Sa 11:15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
2Sa 11:16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
2Sa 11:17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.

2Sa 11:26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
2Sa 11:27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.

Later after this adultery and murder, the baby that had been conceived by the affair was struck down BY GOD. It may have died from a cold, an infant disease or whatever man may say it was, nevertheless it WAS GOD WHO STRUCK DOWN THE CHILD.

2Sa 12:15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
2Sa 12:16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

2Sa 12:18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?

Then something happened that use to always puzzle me. King David has another son from Bathsheba; Solomon.

2Sa 12:24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.

So let’s summarize what we just read. David sees a woman he wants, he lusts after her, finds out who she is, that she is married, has sex with her, tries to get her husband to come in from the war to sleep with his wife so that he would think that the child with which she was pregnant was his. Uriah has too much pride to stay in his own house with his wife because he says that his men were out in tents in the field and it would not be right for him to sleep in his own warm bed with his wife. David sends him back to the war where he is killed. Then the child that came from David’s lust is struck BY GOD and dies. He then marries Bathsheba, and Solomon is born, and The LORD records these words… AND THE LORD LOVED HIM. Wow, what a story! But think on this thought. Solomon then goes on to be the one whom God has to build the temple! What does this have to do with James, rich men, weeping, howling, corrupt riches, cankered gold and silver and rust eating our flesh as fire?

God used what we, while in the fleshly religion, call David’s sin to bring about the one who God would use to build the temple, the natural Israelites’ most holy place. It is as though God rewarded the actions of David with the most wise man that was ever created, outside of Christ. We know that God did not reward David’s sin, but He did make light come from darkness. His sins of his flesh were used by God to expose his sin of self-righteousness. And that sin is shown in how he reacted to Nathan’s story of the man who took the other man’s last sheep, which was a parable of David.

2Sa 12:5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
2Sa 12:6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

I hear the self-righteous man inside me from the past saying, “David repented from his sin and THEN God blessed him”. The old man will NEVER, EVER, REPENT. He will never turn the other way. The flesh is flesh and cannot be saved. The new man can turn from the old man and repent from the ways of the old man, but let us NEVER believe the babylonian doctrine that the old man can be made a new man. God used the ways of David’s old man (spiritually speaking because David is us) to create a new man. The old man can clean up his ways, if God wills, but even if the outer cup is cleansed, HE IS STILL FLESH and cannot repent from glorfying himself.

Our riches are what we see as religious deeds – attending church meetings, attending studies, giving to the literal poor, working at soup kitchens on fleshly holy days such as Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving, tithing to our local churches or giving to the red cross. These are just a few examples of what we think are things that make us spiritually rich. But what of our sins? Why do we not ever praise God for making us what we are so that we could see what we are? If it were not for my sin, if it were not for David’s affair and Bathsheba’s adultery against her husband, Solomon would not have been born. If it were not for my sin, Christ would not have been born INSIDE ME and build this TEMPLE where He sits as KING. I have said it a hundred times, and I will say it again, iniquity/self-righteousness is the mother of sins and the most insidious of sins. If I believe that my sin is my sin independent and separate from God, I am committing INIQUITY. The same goes for my supposed good acts.

Eze 33:13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

The rich man of James is the man of sin that sits upon the throne of my religious heart. He is doing what the Devil wanted Christ to do, be on the top of the pinnacle of the temple of my heart in the city of God. He wants what’s best for his children, to have all that they can in this life, and to feel good about who they are in this life. In this we worship the flesh and all what the flesh sees as good. The flesh feels: “your sins are in the past, you’ve made yourself better and now God must receive your homage and worship because now your good. You are better than that other person, and you can judge him according to your judgment because your deeds are good and his are evil.”

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

This next verse tells us why God said He loved Solomon;

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Solomon came from the rebuke and chastening of his Father David; good came from evil. God loves the humbled soul that has been reduced to dust by the Rock falling on him.

Mat 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders (our old man) rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Mat 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you (first Adam/old man), and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof (new man/second Adam).
Mat 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: (christianity with the historical Jesus) but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder (Christ living in the elect and the elect dying daily).
Mat 21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

We know we are God’s children and that He loves us when He shows us our self-righteousness and chastens us by sins of the flesh to burn out the self-righteous man of sin. In this state we become poor and absolved of anything of ourselves and give all glory to God. Then and only then does He remove the sins of the flesh as we see His ultimate control over all things in our lives. He will not share His glory with anyone.

Jas 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
Jas 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
Jas 5:3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

Our self-righteous riches will bring about treasures together as wood for the fire for the our LAST DAYS in the flesh. Our days of affliction will burn out this self-righteous man of sin until we become poor.

Mat 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

The old man/the flesh cannot enter the kingdom of God because the flesh believes it is rich with gold, silver and precious stones of works performed by the flesh (this is he who falls on the stone and is broken).

No man can enter the kingdom of God until he has experienced the seven plagues (this is he on whom the stone falls and crushes to powder.)

Luk 6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

The consolation that the old man receives is the adoration of men, the praise of men is all that the old man receives is his reward. The praise of men is the dart through the liver of any man, for all love the praises of men. It is a sweet smelling perfume to cover his rotting corpse. This is the way we, the natural man, commit adultery against its Creator. The following scriptures are speaking of the adulterous doctrine of free moral agency.

Pro 7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
Pro 7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
Pro 7:3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
Pro 7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:
Pro 7:5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
Pro 7:6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
Pro 7:7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
Pro 7:8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
Pro 7:9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
Pro 7:10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
Pro 7:11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
Pro 7:12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
Pro 7:13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
Pro 7:14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
Pro 7:15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
Pro 7:16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
Pro 7:17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Pro 7:18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
Pro 7:19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
Pro 7:20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
Pro 7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
Pro 7:22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
Pro 7:23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

This woman is the false doctrine of Babylon in us, and the dart through the liver is where the organ that purifies our food is killed. The woman wants us to focus on what we believe is good for our fleshly worship, and that makes us rich in fuel for the fire – the wood, hay and stubble. But these are the riches which should make us be howling and wailing, because they are what God uses to burn out our sins through the fire of His word.

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