Study In James – Jas 5:13 Is Any Among You Afflicted?

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Jas 5:13  Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

We cannot forget the inward application of these words, and yet they do also apply outwardly. What does it mean, first of all, to be afflicted? The word ‘afflicted’ is used four other times in scripture, and two of those times the word “endure” precedes the word translated from the same word ‘afflicted’ from which it is translated.

2Ti 2:3  Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

The words “endure hardness” are the same words translated afflictedG2553 – kakopatheho, and the same for the next words;

2Ti 4:5  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

“Endure afflictions”, do the work of an evangelist. This is telling me that if I am enduring hardness and afflictions of the flesh, I am doing the work of an “evangelist”, preaching the gospel to the nations within me. When we are afflicted by enduring the work of a messenger of the gospel, we rely on prayer. Prayer is my communication to The King Who sits upon the throne of my heart. I go to Him asking for His mercy to allow me to endure these trials by which He has predestined for me to be moulded. I am asking for the strength of my King to endure the hardships of this war and for the strength to fight the good fight of faith.

1Ti 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

If we are merry, let us sing songs unto the LORD.

Eph 5:19  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Psa 105:2  Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.

Jas 5:14  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

I must include a short excerpt from a post by Mike Vinson in response to the very verse we are covering.

So we can see from what Mike said in this post, the subject is not the literal sick but the spiritual sick. The anointing is the agreement the elders have in scripture about the sin this person has commited and his repentance from a sick false doctrine. The sickness is not physical, but spiritual, and the anointing is not physical, but spiritual. The prayer of faith will save one from the false sick doctrine, and the LORD will raise him up in the truth. His sickness in the spirit shall be used to bring him to the truth and resurrect him from the dead.

Jas 5:15  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

The prayer of faith shall save one from the sick doctrine in which they are entangled. Once the false doctrines are exposed, the sins that are committed in those doctrines are forgiven the person. There is a set of scriptures in Hebrews that goes over this doctrine.

Hebrews 10:1-18 lays the foundation for the fact that had the first covenant been sufficent, had the blood of bulls and goats been sufficent to cleanse the comers to the temple, then the sacrifices would have ceased. If they are sufficent in a sacrifice, making the worshippers perfect, then the worshippers are cleansed, and they would not need another sacrifice. Yet the law shows that the worshippers have to continually come to the temple for the literal sacrifices, and then at the end of the year they are reminded again of the sins for which they had already sacrificed.

In Hebrews 10:19-31 the Spirit reveals the purpose of the law and the reason a second covenant was needed.  When Christ is resurrected in you, when you see yourself as the man of sin. Then, and only then, can you be translated from the law of sin to the law of the Spirit. But once you have tasted the law of the Spirit and then turn back to the law of sin and salvation by your works, you have counted the sacrifice of Christ insufficent, and there remains no sacrifice for your sins.

Heb 10:26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

This is the same thing as James 5:15 “save the sick, the LORD shall raise him up, if he has committed sins they shall be forgiven him”. If he is sick with a false doctrine, then he must die to be RAISED UP, and if he is raised up in Christ, if he is crucified in Christ, resurrected in Christ, then His sins shall be forgiven him.

The sins are in the false doctrines, thinking the blood of Christ was not sufficent enough to cover your sins, that you believe you committed separately and independently of God. Because of this lie, you have believed, by being blinded by God, you must go through the fire to purge out all those false doctrines.

Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Confessing our faults to each other is the way we take the power from the enemy to keep secrets. The enemy loves secrets and us keeping secrets, because secrets keep us looking behind us and never concentrating on today. If the enemy can keep us focused on yesterday or tomorrow, we will never stand today.

Mat 6:34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Our prayers for one another are effectual in making us conscious of each other. If my foot hurts, I tend to it; if my arm hurts, I tend to it, and so it is for each other. If a part of the body hurts, it is up to us to care for that part until it is healed. The righteous man in us is our new man who is created in the image of Christ. He realizes that God is all in all, and all things consist by Him, so the new man in us prays accordingly. If your prayer is based on freewill, your prayer cannot be effectual. The confession and the prayer go hand in hand because when you pray, you ask for forgiveness after confession. The time you are in sin is the time of drought, of no rain and is the reason Elias’ prayer is mentioned next.

Jas 5:17  Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
Jas 5:18  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Why would he pray for no rain? Because Ahab did more to provoke the LORD to anger with idolatry than all the kings before him.

1Ki 16:33  And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.

Ahab is a type and figure of our man of sin who sits upon the throne of our natural thinking and our flesh, which thinks it knows how to please God by all these ceremonies. Ahab is a type of the second beast that rises out of the earth which causes all to worship the first beast that rose up out of the seas of men. So Elijah, whose name means my God is Jehovah, is instructed by God to call for a drought.

1Ki 17:1  And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

We know that the drought represents a time when there is no communication from God because the rain represents the word of God, and if there is no ‘rain’, there is no word of God.

Deu 32:1  Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
Deu 32:2  My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
Deu 32:3  Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.
Deu 32:4  He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

So when there is no rain, there is no word from God. Jesus walked the physical earth for 3 1/2 years, and it was a drought to all men, except for the gentiles in spirit to whom He went. The disciples represent those gentiles in spirit, and the church which they formed together represents the widow. Christ was saying in effect that the word of God did not go to the literal Israelites but to the spiritual Israelites, those the literal Jew despised – SINNERS. When you are dragged to see yourself as God sees your flesh, you in essence become a spiritual gentile before you can become a spiritual Israelite. You must be Abram before you can become Abraham, you must be Esau in the womb before Jacob, you must be Jacob before you can be Israel. And you must see yourself as Satan to the world before you can become Christ to the world. You must see your Father as the Devil before you can see God as your Father.

Luk 4:25  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
Luk 4:26  But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
Luk 4:27  And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

This is speaking of us, this was written for our admonition. We are the widow, we are the leper, Naaman, and if you are given eyes to see it, we are the Christ of Christ, the church of the living God. Christ is telling these Jews that they are not Israel, that the gentiles are Israel and they understood it to such a degree that they wanted to kill Him.  This is the reaction to this revelation from the flesh and those still living in the flesh, who think God rewards our fleshly worship.

Luk 4:28  And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
Luk 4:29  And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
Luk 4:30  But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

Jas 5:18  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Why did he pray again, and when did he pray again? He prayed when confession was made about their sin and then repentance from that sin was made.

1Ki 18:39  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
1Ki 18:40  And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

The fire of God consumed their sacrifices after Elijah had prayed, just like the fire of God’s word consumes our fleshly sacrifices after Christ prayed for us;

Joh 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

After we see we have nothing to offer Him, He orders our false prophets to be executed. He orders us to give up the things the flesh loved so much and adored. Holidays, worship of the beast-days, once saved always saved from hell, the hell doctrine itself, and the holiest of all, the trinity. He leads us down to the BROOK KISHON where all our false prohets are slaughtered. I was going to include the last two verses of James 5, but there is so much in those two verses, I felt led to make next week’s study solely based on these two verses.

Jas 5:19  Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
Jas 5:20  Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

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