In light of our new calling to "be holy" as God is holy, Peter offer his Christians readers some motivation here because he knows—"As long as you're a pilgrim in this world—you're gonna need all the motivation you can get!"
Is it possible for a believer to continue living in a sinful lifestyle after believing in the payment Jesus made for our sin?
Luke 18, 1 John 3, James 2
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In the first 11 verses of this passage, we see the diligence of man in his labors in mining for silver and refining gold. We see it in his taking iron from the earth, and smelting copper from ore. In these things which have earthly value to him, a man who does not know God can be extremely diligent to accomplish all of his purposes.
In verse 10 it says that his eye sees everything that is precious to him. And what is hidden from him, he brings it forth to light. But when we get to verse 12, we find this statement – "But where can wisdom be found?" "And where is the place of understanding?" "Man does not know its value." This is what we want to look at more carefully. What is precious to man, and what should be precious to man, we want to consider in terms of our finding God's wisdom. Let me give you 3 principles concerning finding God's wisdom.
Before we partake of the Lord's Supper I would like us to think of these things in relation to all that the Father has given us in His Son, for our salvation. Because wisdom can only ultimately be found, in and through, our Lord Jesus Christ.
It's important not to lose sight of where we've come so far in our study of this letter, and it's worth knowing where we're going. So in this study, we get a big picture flyover of the first two chapters of James.
The best sermon on this text might be just to read it to you. If you know a single passage from Hebrews, I hope it is this one. An encomium praising the word of God, it is profoundly moving and rhetorically brilliant. It gives insight into another side of Jesus Christ the living word, and into the written word that lies on our laps. This morning with God's help I will preach this truth to you: The word of God is supremely energetic and sharp, and you'd better listen to Him because He will demand an account from you.
Much worship in our day is unsanctified in its nature. There are many expectations of entertainment. The one thing that Paul was concerned about was - How you ought to conduct yourself in the church of the Living God. The church is utterly supernatural. It is God's design , fulfilling God's purpose. The church is in the world, but not of the world. When we lose sight of this, we will become a prey to those who want to redefine the church. The church's dignity is bound up with the One to whom she is wed, her Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations.
"Various trials" is defined as an array of different
types of struggles.
Heartache, sickness, marital strife, physical pain,
persecutions, feelings of neglect, misunderstandings,
being at odds with our children - all these and more
can be the trials we have in our lives, through
which God produces in us patience, which works
James, as Kevin Pulliam explains, does not belittle
the seriousness of these struggles, but issues the call
for believers to live for God's glory.
In this part of Mark's Gospel, we are shown that what was going on in Jerusalem at the time was empty ritualism, not living faith. Jesus looked for the little berries on the fig tree that would have proceeded the flowers and fruit, but He found none – and so He cursed it. Then He walked into the Temple in Jerusalem. It was an externally beautiful building, but the interior was corrupted with greedy people who had set up a marketplace and were talking advantage of even the poorest of God's people. Sadly, this still goes on today. It is God Who needs to be worshiped, not we who need to be entertained.
Jesus was righteously angry at all this. Just like the fig tree, He found no spiritual fruit within the glorious and beautiful Temple. After seeing the dead fig tree again, He used this as an opportunity to teach His disciples a lesson about faith. He was not saying that the Lord will just dump blessings on you if you pray hard enough. But God did move heaven and earth to procure the forgiveness of our sins. Do we believe that? Jesus came for us to have a living faith, not just a trust in signs and symbols.
PM sermons are preceded by a Confessional, Catechism, or Historic Creed lesson. Usually 5 minutes or so. Matt 15:21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed." 23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us." 24 But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" 26 But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." 27 And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.