(JAMES #2 - 1:19-27)
C. 1:19-27 THE HIGHWAY TO HOLINESS
a. 1:19a You knowthis, my beloved brothers. ISte, a-delPHOI mou a-ga-peTOI.
b. 1:19b-20 TWO EARS HEAR MORE: ONE MOUTH SPEAKS LESS
EStode pas ANthro-pos taCHUS eis to aKOUsai, braDUS eis to laLEsai, braDUS eis orGEN:
But let every man be swift to :hear, slow to :speak, slow to wrath:
orGEgar anDROS di-kai-oSUnen TheOU ouk erGAze-tai.
20 for man’s wrath works not God’s righteousness.
c. 1:21 OUR NEED: REPLACE WORKS OF FLESH WITH LIVING WORD
di’ ho a-poTHEme-noi PAsan 'ru-paRIan kai pe-risSEIan kaKIas,
Wherefore putting away all filthiness and overflowing of wickedness,
en PRAUte-ti DExas-the ton EMphu-ton LOgon,ton duNAme-non SOsai tas psuCHAS huMON.
receive with meekness the implanted word, which isable to save your :souls.
d. 1:22 But be doers of theword, and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.
GInes-the de poi-eTAI LOgou, kai mea-kro-aTAI MOnon, pa-ra-lo-giZOme-noi he-auTOUS.
e. 1:23-24 FALLACY: NOT TO CORRECT THE MIRROR’S IMAGE
HOti ei tis a-kro-aTES LOgou esTIN kai ou poieTES,
For if any is hearer of theword and not doer,
HOUtos Eoi-ken anDRI ka-ta-noOUNti to PROso-pon tes geNEse-os auTOU en eSOPtro:
HE is like a man beholding his natural face in a mirror:
ka-teNOe-sen gar he-auTON, kai a-peLElu-then, kai euTHEos e-peLAthe-to hoPOIos en.
24 for he beholds himself, and goes away, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was.
f. 1:25 BLESSING: TO CONFORM LIFE TO PICTURE SEEN IN WORD
ho de pa-raKUpsas eis NOmon TEleion , ton tes e-leu-theRIas, kai pa-raMEInas,
But who looks into the perfect law, the lawof :liberty, and continues,
ouk a-kro-aTES e-pi-les-moNES geNOme-nos alLA poi-eTES ERgou,
being not a hearer that forgets but a doer of work,
HOUtos maKAri-os en tepoiEsei auTOU EStai.
this manshall be blessed in his :doing.
g. 1:26 VANITY: CLAIMING RELIGION WITH A WAGGING TONGUE
Ei tis doKEI THRESkos EInai, mecha-li-na-goGON GLOSsan he-auTOU
If any thinks himselfto be religious, not bridling his own tongue
alLA a-paTON karDIan he-auTOU, TOUtou MAtai-os hethresKEIa.
but deceiving his own heart, the religion of this manis vain.
h. 1:27 PURE RELIGION BRINGS OUTREACH AND HOLINESS
thresKEIa ka-thaRA kai aMIan-tos paRA toTheOkai paTRI HAUteesTIN,
Pure religion and undefiled before our:God and Father is this,
e-pisKEPtes-thai or-phaNOUS kai CHEras en teTHLIpsei auTON,
to visit orphans and widows in their :affliction,
ASpi-lon he-auTON teREIN aPO tou KOSmou.
and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
NOTE: Various revivals have various ear-marks. The 1994 Toronto Blessing reached east to Great Britain primarily to fulfill its blessing. It was like Ezekiel’s river to the ankles. Pensacola added dimensions of repentance and holiness to this foundation, and brought the river to the knees. The 1948 Northern Canada Visitation saw the river to the loins, and added the Presbytery Concept, Apostles & Prophets to the 5-fold ministries of Ephesians 4:11-12, and the Heavenly Choir restored from the meetings of Mrs. Maria Woodworth-Etter in the teen years and the twenties.
But what we are about to experience just prior to the return of our Lord Jesus – rivers to swim in – will be all past revivals gathered into one, and multiplied by 10 to 100.
James 1:27 is especially illustrated in the present Mozambique Revival led by Heidi and Rolland Baker under God. 2000 orphans are having their needs met. 5000 churches have been raised up since 1994. Some 12 adjunct countries in Southern Africa have also been strongly touched. (Do a “Google” search under “Iris Ministries” for more information.)
Rolland is grandson of H.A. Baker, author of “Visions Beyond the Veil” and many other titles, and an outreach to Chinese orphans and beggars of Kunming that is most remarkable.
God knows those who choose to walk His Highway of Holiness. - J.A.W.