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The Book of James: Love & the Law

Chris Buttery
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  • October 11, 2014
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Well it's just an exciting study. The book of James isn't it. We've had a great time together and. We're going to continue looking at the lesson. In the memory text. Here for this week. On Sabbath. Afternoons lesson. Is found in James Chapter two in verse the same and. It says for judgment will be merciless. To one who has shown no mercy mercy triumphs. Of a judgment. So there it is. And we'll talk a little bit more about that if you want to probably open your Bibles to James because we're going to be there and. We're going to be in Chapter two. And continuing the train of thought that. James is presenting to us here. James Chapter two and. We're going to be right here in verse one. Motivated by thoughts of self. Individuals are also led to prejudiced. Thinking. And seeing others less than they are. And that's where the lesson centers here in the book of James Chapter two. I don't know if you've noticed that it seems so natural to think for example that one culture. Might be superior than another and more posts than that perhaps is. Well dressed. Deserves more attention or more. Favors than someone who may not be as well dressed or have money and. James will talk about talk about this I will look at this here in just a little bit. In James Chapter two. So we often find ourselves in this is a reality often trapped by. Thoughts that we know are out of harmony with the principles of the gospel. That tells us to treat one another. Kindly and impartially. With genuine. This. Genuine Biblical love. I think the. We find ourselves in our minds. Drifting at times. Just I read the story he actually last night that an individual wife walking through a park and. There in Miami Florida. And they had. They were just strolling through the noticed a family. In this family apparently was from Cuba. And they were they having a picnic and they were surrounded by records who were begging for some food and in the father the husband was in his native tongue in Spanish. Calling for the raccoon. To come over and get something to eat here boy. Come and get something to eat. And the gentleman and his wife walked on and he ended up later confiding in his to his wife and saying you know. It was a silly thought but the first thing that popped into my head is. How silly it is to talk to Iraq here in Spanish. That I don't know Spanish and so you know. It could be the other way around. Could have been a cumin Cuban family walking through the park and someone speaking English how it. Records the no English it could have been the other way around. And sometimes we have these thoughts that run through our mind all this is this is this thing that is within our minds that perhaps pits us better than others. That we maybe don't understand. Cannot relate to and certainly that would not be. The attitude that Christ is wanting to develop in his people no matter what psychologists all socio biologist or sociologist say our problem can be best summarized in the words of Jeremiah. In Chapter seventeen in verse nine and you know well the heart is deceitful. Above all things and desperately wicked can. Know it. That's the condition of the hot. But thank God that He offers us. The office to us. To create in us a clean hot. And to renew a right spirit or right attitude. In each one of us. God wants to train us to truly love. From a pure one that doesn't have skin. Motives and this trite change is truly a miracle from God that occurs with full cooperation with those that love Him and serve him. And so with that little preamble Let's go to Sunday's lesson we're going to jump over. The man in gold. Sunday's lesson the man in gold and we're in James Chapter two verses one through four James highlights this problem. Of Patiala T. or. Respecting certain individuals to the detriment of others and he. And this is what we're basically going to be discussing here. This morning. James tempted to end. James Chapter two verse one notice the problem as. Expressed my brother and do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ the Lord of glory with Watt. If you are the King James version it says respect a person's. New King James ality. Patiala team. And I would suggest and submit here this morning that partiality has weakened. The church the influence of the church and corrupted as witness in the world. Because Christ is not represented in such behavior. It's happened. And even happens today so what is Patiala to. What is James writing about here what is Patiala the prejudice. Prejudice which leads to discrimination and segregation. Prejudice can be defined in this manner prejudice is prejudgment. Or forming an opinion. Before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case. The word is often used to refer to preconceived usually on favorable. Judgment toward people or postman's of gender social class. Of I age. Disability religion race ethnicity language Nessun nationality or any other personal. Characteristic. You might have heard this little cute story about the two apples. That were looking down on the well the first Apple said Look at all those people down there fighting robbing riding. No one seems willing to get along with this fellow man. And someday we apples will be the only one left. And we will rule the world. Replied the second apple which of us the Reds or the Greens. It's a. It's a trait a human trait. To to esteem ourselves better than others or to view. Our circumstances perhaps better than somebody else or our culture or Al. Language or our status in society our religion even. And this is contrary to the spirit of the gospel. Favoritism. Prejudice. Racism tribalism whatever the person wishes to call it was a problem in the Jews in the days of Christ. Remember they had built up a lot of barriers and walls. To protect them from the influence of the. Of the world around them and saw it and so they became. Prejudiced against the Gentiles. Those who were not Jews. And so we have. We have that example here in the in the Scriptures. If. If over in Acts chapter ten. You've got the story of PETA. What it was Peter's problem do you remember. What was Peter's problem. He had. He had prejudice. Yeah. He was actually paid it was a racist. And God had to send him a vision and a dream. To get his attention. And encourage him to. To shake it off so to speak. So we when we consider the early Jews. Early early. Jews in the days of Jesus. We know there was a major problem. And in their attempt to preserve the. Spirituality in their religion they ended up becoming. Prejudice biased against those who are not Jews and. And is there a chance or is there a risk for Christians to do the same thing. Seventh Day Adventist Christians do the same thing. Now Al faith is far most a period then of us. We are the remnant off to roll and. Surely God favors us more than others is that potentially some persons thinking here today hopefully not. So we've got that we've got the issue with the. The Jews in the days of Jesus we've got the issue with PETA. Who was also a racist. And will come back to his story in just a little bit. Then in James Chapter two verses two through four notice. James. Bluntly. How he how he bluntly. To Trey's the situation. That some Christians were riddled with his challenge with here in his day. James up to two verses two three four is for if they should come into your assembly a man with gold rings. In fine. Apparel. And they should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes. And you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him. Hey you sit here in a good place. And say to the poor man how you stand over there was sit on my foot stole. You have not shown posh reality among yourselves. And become judges. With evil folds. It's a rhetorical question. And the answer of course is yes. Yes we have become possible and we've become judges. With placed ourselves up in positions that we ought not place ourselves up in and have a look down on somebody because of the way they were dressed or the way they carried themselves or whatever it is. You know we're talking about been talking about prejudice and race and so on and. This thinking is pervasive in many areas of life right here in James chapter to James is talking about the attitude of. Of respecting others. Respecting other posters to the detriment of others posh reality. With regard to how posts and carries themselves. How. Posts and dresses and how they look and. Certainly he's not encouraging that type of behavior here. This attitude naturally. Goes against the teachings of Jesus. We have several. Bible verses we're going to look at here in Exodus Chapter twenty three verses three and six I want you to notice. Some of the scriptures that talk against this idea of being partial. In the treatment of other individuals. Someone also has accepted ten to twenty eight thirty four and thirty five. Who's got that text for us here. OK Mike Scott that text. Acts chapter ten versus thirty four. Rather accept attain verses twenty eight thirty four and thirty five. We're going to come to you here in just a second act. Exodus Chapter twenty three verses three and six. I want you to notice. What. What God said to his people he said You shall not show your posse ality. To a poor man in his dispute. Brought before the judge. Dealing with an issue and. You shouldn't show partiality just because he's a poor man. You shall not perverted. The judgment of your poor in his dispute. So don't treat someone who's poor someone who is considered on the lower rung of social order. Considered not that they are but considered. Don't treat them differently. Treat them as a human being Leviticus Chapter nineteen Those fifteen. You shall not do him justice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the pole. No on of the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge. Your neighbor. And so don't be treating someone. Pully because they are poor. And then give deference to someone who might be considered important. Or powerful. In society than Deuteronomy chapter one verse seventeen. God says You shall not show partiality in judgment. You shall hear the small. As well as the way the Great. You treat everyone the same you shall not be afraid of any man's presence. For the judgment is God's. This is the case that is to have you bring to me and. I will hear it or. We're coming to accept a tin versus twenty eight thirty four and thirty five Thanks Michael. And Chapter ten. Verse twenty eight. That he said to them. You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with. Or go to one another one. Of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common. Or unclean. Verse thirty four. Then Peter opened his mouth and said. In truth. I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation. Whoever fears him. And works righteousness. Is accepted by him. And so this was the thank you this was the testimony of Peter Peter. If God finally got through his thick skull. His hot head that hey you can't be treating the Gentiles us why this is the story related to us and his family. He had a dream and. This man's heart was open to receiving truth. And God wanted to use paida God had to speak to Peter first to say hey. He's a human being and. Just because he's not a Jew doesn't mean that you can't be treating him differently here. You got to treat all men the same. And don't call any one common or unclean. God. Shows no posh Elegy God has no respect. Of persons I think the. The the place where we all find where the playing field is leveled. Is certainly at the foot of the cross. Because up there Jesus died for everyone and mad about this. This social status. Gender political affiliation or their religion he died for or. So that all might be saved. So the gospel teaches us to value. All human beings as having equal worth. Irrespective of gender. Irrespective of age. Irrespective of status. Or if you've ever caught yourself. Off. Treating someone who is perceived to be important. Better than maybe someone who you consider to be as important and. You know sometimes. There is the. There is the American Idol. But sometimes there's also the admin a style. With a particular individual might be a steamed. Because he's a great evangelist a law. Great administrator in the church and. Difference is showing him but then when someone comes by that's not as important we don't know their posts and we're not treating them as well as nice. No policy ality. With regard to. Lifestyle. Now this certainly is some practice lifestyle practices that a Christian wouldn't embrace or adopt or encourage. And certainly understand certain lifestyle practice it would be considered sinful. But we sometimes. We sometimes get the posts in the saying. All confused. And instead of hating the sin we end up hating the person. And in Hebrews Chapter one we talking of Jesus Jesus if we're told loved. The sin about hated the. The sin. Loves righteousness but hates the sin. And so the respective of what I post and believe. Whatever their lifestyle is showing Patiala. Don't show. Don't be partial show impartiality. Treat all people with deference and respect. What about those that have a different religious conviction. What about those even within the church. That we might disagree with a couple of hot button items right now women's ordination. What happens do we treat people differently because they don't agree with the way I see things. We treat them less subhuman. Because I don't see eye to eye with me on this particular issue. You might be right. But being right doesn't make you righteous. Being right doesn't make you right with Jesus. Yeah. The Bible says that even the devil believes and. Trembles. But the Devils last. And some folk. Believe and they know the truth but don't show you that. Love and their grace and their lives. Do we give greater respect to those who we perceive to be above us. On the social ladder. And less respect to those below. So these are questions for us. Probing questions and James is challenging outthinking inspiration God is challenging outthinking. Wanting to. Want to have all of our hearts to check our motives. And to call us to a higher plane. Let's continue the thought let's go over to Monday. James continues class struggle. Mondays lesson. Look at James Chapter two verses five and six. Now you are a familia. No doubt with the story of Mahatma Gandhi and. In his autobiography he wrote that in his student days he'd read the Gospels. Seriously and considered even becoming a Christian. And he believed that in the teachings of Jesus he could find the solution to the cost. System that was dividing the people of India. So one Sunday he decided to attend a particular service was a Sunday keeping church in a nearby church and talk to the minister about becoming a Christian. And in his story he said when he into the sanctuary he was greeted by and. He refused to seat him. And suggested that he go worship with his own people and Gandhi. Left to never to return and he said if Christians have cost. Differences Also I might as well remain a Hindu. So that is prejudice. Also only. Not only betrayed Jesus and his and his message but also turned a person away from ever trusting in the Savior. Gandhi worked. If you know the story to eradicate the cost a system in India which is social stratification a divided society that is divided into. Into different classes and in essence. In his day they were divided into four. Although. Admirable prejudice can never be ultimately removed by coersion. Or through laws. But what really needs to happen. And these to be a change of hot. You know social pressure can come to bear and we saw this recently with a an owner of a basketball team. A lot of pressure came to be because of his racial comments and remarks and I were wrong. But all the social pressure that came to bear on him. With that potential to change is how truly. He's the only one that can change the hot. Jesus. That's ride. And so that's what we're talking about here. True change of heart. Change Chapter two verses five through seven notice. Listen my beloved brother James is continuing into the what has God not chosen the poor of this world. To be rich in faith. And it is of the promise which he promised to those who love him. Now what James is not suggesting here is that only the poor. The is to the kingdom of heaven is now suggesting that. If you have a low social status then. You're in. And so automatically everyone becomes pull out just to get to the kingdom of heaven. That's not what he's saying. We'll talk about that in just a moment. But Has not God chosen them to be rich in faith is of the. Is to the King of those six. But you have dishonored the poor man. You have dishonored the poor men do not. The rich are pressure you and drag you into the courts. Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you hold so dear. James is referring to the poor when he talks about the poise talking about. Poor. Regarding the US to make people place. On certain individuals who are considered poor in in the in society or in the world. I don't know if any want to. Here is. Ever worked as a literature evangelist before. I spend all my summers in college and. Springs and winter and. I was a full time Eliana and a publishing Leda. It's interesting and. If you go door to door and you're selling Christian literature. You know that when you go to the wealthy in neighborhoods. You have a hard time selling Christian books. But when you go to areas that may be. Just like regular housing developments. Even. Areas that are considered lower class. That. Normally the books just fly. Folk who don't have the money but they sense the need of something more sense that they have a need to have hope in something. That's just kind of the way it. Way it is when you're working as a literature evangelist. Knocking on doors and depending on social status. Perceived social status when books books go books do not go at all. And it's the same with regard to the church. In some of the poorest countries in the world. The gospel has exploded Church Growth is phenomenal but in affluent. Societies in North America. Including Canada in Europe and in the Australian Australasia. Places like this. What's considered first world countries church isn't growing as fast. And that may be because folks who have a lot of stuff. A lot of good start. Since they need of anything more. But life is pretty good life is pretty happy were able to pay the bills. By able to get along we have the stuff that we want. Not necessarily need but we have the stuff we want as well and everything. But those whom may not have much of this world's goods. Tend to have a great a need for something that is more lasting and more enduring. How it works James echoes. Here in Chapter two verses five three seven. James echoes the same sentiments of poll. And of Jesus which is that the wealth of the rich man often becomes a substitute for trusting in God. When I read a couple of verses here to you this is first Corinthians Chapter one vs twenty six to twenty eight this is poll speaking about the same issue. He says For you see your calling brethren. That not only. Not many wise according to the flesh. Not many mighty. Not zero. Not many noble. Cold. But God has chosen the fullish things of the world. To put to shame the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world. To put to shame the things which embody and the base things of the world in the things which are despised God has chosen. And the things which are not. To bring to nothing the things that. As First Corinthians chapter one verse as twenty six to twenty eight. And then Jesus is speaking about the same issue. Luke Chapter six verses twenty to twenty five. He says that he left out his eyes toward his disciples and said bless you. Poor For Yours is the kingdom of God Now we know Jesus is not talking about those who don't have much of this world's goods. But those who are poor in spirit recognizing their spiritual need they need. Of of righteousness. Blessed are you who hunger for you will be feel blessed are they you who we now for you shall laugh. Blessedly you when men hate you and when you. Exclude you and revile you and cost you a name as evil for the Son of Man say. Were Joyce in that day and leap for joy for indeed your reward is great in heaven a notice. For an like manna in their fathers did to the prophets Now notice this. But what to you. Rich for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are four for you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now. For you. And we. And so the wall is on those who have no need of spiritual blessings of righteousness. I'm pretty self-satisfied I'm pretty good. I look at myself in the mirror. Got a good got a pretty decent job. Look good. His cool. I'm set to go and. Jesus says Whoa whoa to those who. Rich whoa to those who are full. Whoa to those who laugh now. For you and weep. In the day of the Apostle Paul and James. Jesus the Roman. Roman law. Apparently codify discrimination against the poor in favor of the rich and. While laws in this land don't necessarily do that there is certainly favoritism. That X. is expressed toward those with fame and fortune whereas someone who would commit a crime. In society. And you're not a part of politics so you're not a famous person. You would be in the book or to be thrown out. But if you were well known. And folk like you and your respected in. And you got lots of money. You get a little slap on the wrist. And so there's certainly. Favoritism. Patiala be seen in today's society. In the way certain things are handled. Pole admonished us not to be conformed to this world. But to be transformed by the renewing of. How minds. We need a new way of thinking Don't be locked in Preston squeezed into the mold of the world and. It's thinking that. That leads a person to treating people with posh reality you don't do that but big. Transformed by the renewing of. Your minds and let's continue. James's thoughts here we're in James Chapter two. This is eight to nine Let's jump over to choose day's lesson. Loving our neighbors. Loving our neighbor is the story of the Good Samaritan found in Luke Chapter ten those thirty to thirty seven. Really exemplifies what loving on they like doesn't it. When we know the story very well. And that was actually a question that I received here this week. What does. What does true Christianity true love. Look Like. And that was that question was asked because of some comments that were made to individuals that were coming through our food pantry here this week. And how they really appreciated what this church does. And in providing food for those who don't who are less fortunate don't have a lot to offer their families struggling for whatever purpose or whatever reason. And these comments that came in were terrific just just. Just commendation. Toward what. The food pantry was doing. What does true love look like in the story of Jesus. In the story Jesus teaches. Isn't asking us to try harder or to do more. But is basically in the story of the Good Samaritan teaching us or. Telling us to treat people. Impartially. Treat people impartially even those who may have done you or someone wrong. The the individual who stopped to help the man on the side of the road who was left half dead. Remember who walked by him first the religious leaders walk by him first. And the fellow that stopped. Was a Samaritan he was an outsider one of those that the Jews. Condemned as being less. Well being subhuman. And it was the Samaritan who stopped the help of Jews. So he was a Jew half dead. Who made had probably made disparaging remarks against the Samaritans maybe had said things against his family yet he stopped to help someone who was in need this is. This is truly the test of Christianity. The test of Christianity is not in words but in the especially to the issues. That my not. Just my not treat us or. Speak to us. Well or favorably will maybe even has done someone in our family some wrong. And we holding I resentment. Holding a grudge. And we are encouraged not to hold grudges. True love involves a substantial amount of risk and. Kohls us to Ted down barriers of prejudice. Racism discrimination. Patiala to look at James Chapter two verses eight and nine. If you really fulfill the royal law. If you really fulfill the royal law. According to the scripture. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. You do well. But if you show posh reality. Notice what it says you do ot. Commit sin. Wow. Yes you commit sin and. Convicted by the law as. Trans grasses. Someone has for me Matthew chapter five verses forty three to forty five. Going to have you read that force. In just a moment here. Matthew chapter five. OK Fantastic will come right on over. In just a moment the injury. Matthew chapter five This is forty three to forty five First of all let's look at Leviticus nineteen verse eighteen. Leviticus nineteen verse eighteen. It says and this is where Jesus was quoting from in an often quoted from in. In Matthew and other places. And where James is quoting from Luke's nineteen those eighteen you shall not take vengeance nor bear any grudge against the children of your people. But you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am God. Now. The Jews in the time of Jesus took this to mean let's let's make sure we treat our own people well. And because of the come on was for our YOU are the children of your own people that meant that you didn't have to treat other. Who were not the children are people the same way. Can you imagine that type of thinking. But that was the thinking in the days of Jesus. Just treat those well. The children of your people. Which means you have to treat so well. Certainly that's not what God was teaching as a matter of fact he wanted to expand the borders of Israel than any. They wanted. Israel to become a blessing to the world and embrace those who would accept the faith. OK Matthew chapter five verses forty three to forty five. So you have heard that it has been said that our show love thy neighbor and hate one enemy. But I say into you love your enemies. Bless them that curse you do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despite. Fully use you. And persecute you. That you may know that the children of your father. Which is in heaven. For he make it. His son. To rise on the evil and. On the good incentive to reign on the just in the unjust. OK thank you very much. And then we have a question related to that. To that. First because that's a tough verse isn't it. That's a tough one. Elizabeth I think you've got that question we're going to come to you in just a moment here. So I will get a microphone over to Elizabeth. Love those wow. Jesus said it. Bless those Love your enemies bless those that. Do good to those that hate you pray for those who spot for you is that. Easy to do. No it's not. It is human. It is human. To dislike a person. It is divine to love them. Especially when they don't treat you well and. You know when we talk about love. Loving those who don't treat you well my mistreat you we're not talking about. You know putting yourself in harm's way and. Being in a situation where you are continually subjecting yourself to harm's way. Some people have no choice. But if you can remove your. Your body from that situation then you want to do that when we talk about loving. Our enemies are we talking about here is God talking about here. Having warm fuzzy feelings. Necessarily remember love is a principle. This is a love that trend is really a divine love. That's able to love. The enemies. Love your enemies bless those that care issue except. You know. When I think about Christianity. And Christianity's contributions to society in a world in general they are incredible. And they're all based on humanitarian projects they have a humanitarian projects based on humanitarian needs. Christianity has made an impact a tremendous impact in the world. True Christianity. Christianity that reaches out a love that's in action. Christianity is the largest provider of the largest single. Is the largest single contributor of education health care. In the world. Pioneered social work. Pioneered programs to protect the wellbeing of children. Established the Red Cross. Orphanages. Need care for the disabled and the elderly. Impact and. Impact on civil liberties. Prison Reform work for the blind deficiency hearing impaired. Habitat for Humanity work for the homeless Salvation Army. Y.M.C.A.. Confident address. At Venice Community Services and the list goes on. Christians are at the forefront of helping in assisting those who are less fortunate. Showing. Impartiality. Toward humanity. But how can we love. Those. Well that's the question you have so I want to ask that question but. Let's WITH OUR had not asked the question. My question is how can we learn. God's Love did those that we consider under-served mean all right so this is a fair question is a not. How can we express love to those whom we consider. Less deserving first of all we need to remember him when this comes back to the text of danger read first in Matthew five forty five. What does God do with the son and with the rain. He sends it on everyone does God treat people. Partially. It's called a respecter of persons know we know we read that person really has no respecter of persons. He treats people impartially so he sends the rain. On the just and the unjust. He causes asunder shine. The blessings of the world. The blessings. Toward life and sustaining of life are given to all even though. Even those who are enemies of God. Even those who have an active. Agenda to say it's called anti theism to say that. If God does exist then I don't believe he does but. If he does he's. We shouldn't believe in him because he's mean and vindictive and so on and so forth. There are individuals who are anti theistic and. Are opposed to everything that is. Religious or anything. Where God's name is used. God even sends the rain on them. Causes the sun to shine on them why. Because he loves them. Because God is good that's right because God is love there is no doubt about that so first of all we need to remember. It's not up to us to determine who is worthy and who's on more than. That's the first part of the question. It's not up to us to determine who is worthy or on where the deserving or undeserving. God sends it all in all. It's not up to us. But how can we I think there really the question is I mean you know it's hard it's hard to bless those that kosher. It's hard to live with those who don't like you. How do you do that as a Christian. And so here is his one simple answer and. This is. This requires time. And that is spending time. With Jesus. Second Corinthians three eighteen reminds us that by beholding we become. Changed. Now when you during the. California summers here. Go out. Receive some sun. You're going to walk. You're going to change. The sun is going to transform the color of your skin. To a degree. You say. Spending time in Jesus. With Jesus is going to transform our hearts. The way we think out how to choose toward other people that's the only way. Spending time looking at how Jesus treated other people how we dealt with them. Even those who were spies even those who were looking to trap him. In tangle him. Mistry I mean look. When Jesus was being nailed to the cross he cried out Father forgive them for they know not what they do he gave some of them the benefit of the doubt and so we're told to love. Like that spending time with Jesus. Allowing him to change our minds and our hearts is the only solution. It requires time. Not just a quick prayer and dash out the door. But. Time. Soaking your mind. In the life of Christ in the Word of God. Spending time. Listening to the voice of God and letting him change attitudes and. We're not talking about. Warm fuzzy feelings but we're told to treat people equally. With fairness and with love. Really our minds need retraining and only Jesus can do that and he can do that. Let's go to Wednesday's lesson. The whole or the whole law. This. Continue here. With James. Train of thinking. James have to two verses ten eleven. It says For who have a shall keep the whole law. And yet stumble in one point he is guilty of how much. He who said Do not commit adultery also said Do not commit murder. Now if you do not commit adultery but you do murder. You have become a transgressor of the law. All right so. We're talking here James. Talking here about keeping the whole law. To keep is to attend carefully. To the law of God. And it says here that if we break. We stumble or if we offend in one point we're guilty of all. If we fold fail in al. Two or by God's entire law. Then we're guilty of breaking God's law. God's law is not a collection of isolated principles. It's a perfect. Harmonious. Expression. Or transcript of God's divine will. It's a harmonious whole to choose one pot. As most convenient to keep and ignore the rest. What does that really reveal. Does it reveal our desire to do God's will in every respect. Oh as if I take one Lord I said. One come and I say you know why. And by the way. James is talking about which will when he says the whole law. He's talking about the Ten Commandments That's right. He's talking about the ten commandments he makes it very clear in verse eleven he's referring to the Ten Commandments. So if I'm if I'm. I'm partial to one law can go to Hiya. But. I decide to just you know. Sweep that one under the carpet so to speak. And my M.-I of my breaking the whole or my just offending in one point. I'm breaking the entire law. If I choose one that's most convenient for me because it's just works out better for me. And ignore. The others. It reveals my desire to do my own will and not God's will. Look when the loss is struck. In one point. Even if glass is struck in one point what happens. The entire the entire frame the entire. Glass is shouted. That's exactly right. Glass is struck at one point and then shot is a chain. A chain that is snapped by that is snapped. By the failure of its weakest link the chain. Is broken. You're listening to a quartet. And somebody hits the wrong note. It's just one note. But what does it done that spoil the entire harmony hasn't it. That's exactly right. If you have what if a part of your body is wounded. You've enjoyed your entire body. And if we talk about someone who is Hansen's disease. We're not saying they have Hansen's disease in their finger or in their hand. We say they have. Hansen's disease. So the issue it's a matter of the hot. That's got have all of the hot. You know. We often as seven if we take this verse and we say look you can't be breaking the Sabbath. Because if you break one you're guilty of all. But remember there are other there are nine other commitments the Sabbath commom is not the most important commandment. Neither is it the least common but it's not the most important there are other. Commandments. And sometimes we're guilty of breaking the others. We may be great at keeping the Sabbath or have the appearance of doing so but there are other commandments. And we want to make sure that God has our entire hearts. So that we so that we can keep his lawyer entirely. And notice what it says here we've got someone who's going to read Romans thirteen versus eight through ten. Right over here. Thank you very much. Romans Chapter thirteen versus three ten. Will come to you in just a moment notice a few verses here Deuteronomy Chapter twenty seven. Those twenty six talking about keeping the whole law. Notice what God says curse it is the one who does not confirm. All the words of this law by observing them and all the people shall say amen. That's what it says. You can say I'm into That's fine. But that's what it says it all the people shall say amen. So it is one who does not conform to all the words and this law by observing them. Cause desires that we keep the entire law. Matthew twenty two verses thirty six to forty. Teacher. Which is the great commandment in the law. Jesus said to me this is a. This is an individual who came to trip. Jesus up. And Jesus said to him You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your. Soul with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment and the second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these commandments hang all. The law and the prophets that's exactly right. As a God that Jesus is teaching obedience to all the law and it's a lore of what the law of love loving God supreme Lee. Embraces the first four. Commandments. Loving your neighbor as yourself. Embraces the last six commandments. And so that's why Jesus could say that these are the Two Great Commandments. Love drives. Billions to the lawyer you say. Jesus said If you love me you'll keep my commandments and he didn't say that to say. OK prove it now you love me you say you do. Prove it by keeping my comeuppance in our he was saying if you do love me you're going to keep my commandments. It's going to be the natural flow of a converted heart that you want to do my will that you want to obey me. You see. Because that's what a converted hot. Does. Collations three ten through fourteen listen carefully it's interesting. For as many as are all of the works of the law. Under the curse for it is written curse it is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law. That's a quote from the Old Testament to do them. We just read that from get around to me. But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident for the just shall live by faith. Poll saying look. With We're supposed to keep the entire law but no one is justified by their works. We know that the just. Shall live by faith yet the Lord he goes on to say is not a faith. But the man who doesn't live by them. So we're saved by grace. And yet if we keep the law we're blessed. How does this work. What's going on here. And he goes on to say Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. Having become a curse for us for it is written Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree that. The blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Jesus Christ. That we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. What poll is saying is. This. Delivered by the curse of the law that is because we can't keep it in all of our selves. So God sent Jesus who died for our sins. So that the promise of the Spirit. Might be given through faith and what does the Spirit of God do when our lives changes us. It's a matter of fact. A part of the new covenant law. The part of the New Covenant is that the law of God will be written in our hearts and in NOW minds and who does that. The spirit of the Living God. Yeah. So. So true of billions comes. Because the changes happen in the life you say. OK. Romans Chapter thirteen versus ten. Well men's Chapter thirteen versus eight ten. Oh no man anything. But to love Born in there for he that loveth and there hath fulfilled the law. If it is not committed adultery that shall not kill. I shall not steal. I shall not bear false witness not have it. And if there be any at the command may. It is but a play company handed in this same name laid down. Neighbor as thyself. Love bookit no to his neighbor. Therefore it is a failing of the law. So without True Love Divine Love we can't keep the law. We can have the appearance that we're keeping God's law. But we're truly not keeping it from a heart that's being changed you say. It's manufactured. It's like being married to someone you don't really love and. Put on a show you what needs to happen is a heart transplant doesn't it. A true change of heart. All right so. A B.D.'s is relational obedience always leads us to considering God in our fellow man. He considers. Concern for one another all right. Thursday's lesson. And we close. James thoughts here in James Chapter two verses. Twelve and thirteen. Judged by the law. Notice what he says his so speak. And so you do. As those who will be judged by the law of liberty. So don't be partial. Don't don't don't treat. People. Partially. But you know respecter of persons. So I speak and so do those as. As those who will be judged by the Lord liberty. For judgment is without mercy. To the one who has shown no mercy mercy triumphs over. Judgement if you've been merciful to other people. If you've been kind. Full full. To other people. Showing mercy. Then Goble extend his mercy to you during the judgment. So here it is. We will be judged What's the stand and stand in the judgment. The standard is the law of God. It's a foregone conclusion that all of us are going to stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. Versus like second Corinthians five ten for we shall all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ Acts seventeen thirty one. He has appointed a day on which he would judge the world. Someone has a crazy Estes Chapter twelve versus thirteen and fourteen. Do we have time. And I think we've got time for that one is going to read that one for see Ecclesiastes twelve thirteen and fourteen. It says let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter of fear God and. Keep His commandments. Full of this is. Man's all the Judy of man. For God will bring every work. Into judgment. Including. Every sacred thing whether good or evil. If everyone's going to be judged that means Christians are going to be judged Isn't that true. Yes it does mean that. Why if a Christian is saved by grace do they need to be judged by the law. It's a good question. What about John five twenty nine. Where Jesus says that if you believe on Him you have passed from judgment. You've gone from life. Entered from where you've gone from death to life he says. Let's remember this. That judgment. Does not remove the basis of our salvation. The judgment. In heaven does not remove the basis of our salvation but looks to see who has met the conditions of salvation and what's. One of the conditions of salvation. R.B.T. and obedience. In the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were granted eternal life. If they. About eternal life was based upon. Obedience conditional upon obedience. All the blessings and promises God gave to Israel. While based upon Can they were conditional upon. Obedience. And now in tree into the kingdom of heaven. Is conditional upon. Obedience why. Because God can take the disobedient with him. God can take the disobedient to heaven. Heaven is going to be a place filled with people filled with angels who love to do the will of God and if you don't like to do the will of God. If you would take in the. Fact. He just simply gives us what we want. The judgment the judgment reveals where the true. Salvation by grace through faith. Its evidence. In my obedience to the law. What's evidence that I truly had a conversion. Truly how to change. Truly a miracle in my life and so that we don't need to confused about judgment. As a matter of fact. In Revelation fourteen verse seven. Tells us that we have got to go to the it's got to go to the. Seven says. Of His grace. This media was a Web site dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon. If you would like to know if you would like to listen to visit or.


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