The"American Wisdom Series"
Pamphlet #5127 KCJames5-1

We live in a nation full of Biblically illiterate professing Christians all of whom claim to have faith.

In our last study James told us that we need to speak and act as men and women of God "as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty" (vs. 12) and that we should not have "respect to persons" which is sinful (vs. 9).

Why is it sinful?

Because it transgresses God's law and it therefore becomes unrighteous and unmerciful judgment on our behalf.

So we must be careful and merciful because the way we judge others will be the way we are judged and we won't be able to claim that is unfair, will we?

 Remember well that mercy always triumphs and rejoices against judgment, i.e. when judging.

James 2:13
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
This is the flipside of Mat. 5:7.
Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
James is now going to talk to us about two types of Christians, those who say they have faith and those who display they have faith.

We live in a nation full of Biblically illiterate professing Christians all of whom claim to have faith.

Yet, if the majority of professing Christians in America had the kind of faith that causes one to be a "doer of the Word", we wouldn't be in the spiritual famine and drought in which we now find ourselves.

We Christians of the final generation to whom this book of James is specifically addressed, especially we of the scattered tribes (the so-called lost tribes), need to pay close attention to what it is James has to say about our faith.

So here's James' question to us, who he calls "my brethren":

James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith,  and have not works? can faith save him?
What good is it if a man just "says" he has faith but he doesn't have any works to back up his statement, especially if he's been a Christian for many years.

It would be little like a man who tells you he's a contractor, a builder of fine houses, but if after many years he has never gotten around to actually building anything to show that he is a good contractor, then what good is his boasting of being one?

You might ask, "What good is a fruit tree if after many years it never brings forth any good fruit?"

Jesus can answer that question and even tell us what will done to it.

Matthew 7:19 "Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."

In the same sense, what good is one's statement that he (or she) is a Christian and says he has faith if after many years he hasn't done anything for the Lord?

Do you not think Christ looks at what kind of servants we are, what kind of a "doers" we are?

Let's see what the King will say when He returns.

This part is addressed to the "doers".

Matthew 25:34
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

[35] For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Jesus is obviously pleased at their "doings".
[36] Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Of course Jesus wasn't talking about Himself. He was talking about "doing" to the same "my brethren" as James!
Matthew 25:40
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
By the way, Matthew 25:34-36 precisely describes the "spiritual" condition of our brothers and sisters in this final generation.

You might want to read the rest of Mat. 25 and see what Christ had to say to those who were not doers unto the brethren.

James is now going to use the same example of our Christian brothers and sisters who are naked and lack "daily bread" to teach us about faith.

James 2:15
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
Don't make the mistake of SEEING this only in terms of the flesh.

This particularly applies to spiritual nakedness and spiritual starvation of our brothers and sisters today who are STARVING TO DEATH spiritually.

We are in the famine of the end time spoken of by Christ and that famine is not for sandwich bread.

It is for the "daily bread" which comes from the table of the Lord, which is the true Word of God.

Amos 8:11
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
What our brothers and sisters hear today from the pulpits of the land are mostly traditions of men, not the line by line teaching from the Word of God.
[12]And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
And they do wander from "sea to shining sea", and waver to and fro in the religious confusion while they try to find the truth of God's Word.

Again, all they find taught in the churches are the traditions of men.

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them {the ancient Israelites} for ensamples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

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