Text: James 1:17-27
Theme: Avoiding the error of not maintaining attitudes demanded by the new birth.
Introduction: James chapter 1, verses 17 and 18 point out to us the wonderful gift of the new birth in Jesus Christ that we experienced at the moment we believed and trusted Christ to save us from our sin. It is a gift from God. John chapter 3 tells of this experience in detail. I Peter 1:23 summarizes it distinctly: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” John the Baptist said in John 3:27 “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” Because we have been born of God we need to have attitudes that our worthy of that gift. Born again Christians should have the following attitudes:
I. An attitude of listening –learning instead of resenting (vs.19-20)
II. An attitude of rejecting sin and receiving the Word of God (vs.21-25)
“Lay apart” A word picture of taking off clothing stained with dirt.
“Receive” In humble spirit welcome the message of the Word
Meekness as opposed to wrathfulness
“Engrafted” better – Implanted word — Picture- A seed planted in the heart
“To save” “simply states the saving function of God’s Word, delivering believers from the destructive consequences of sin” (Hiebert p.131)
Read Psalm 119:11
Warning: Vs.22 – Hearing and practicing – Living out your faith
“Doers”- A habitual submission and compliance with the Word of God is demanded.
“Deceiving” – “Denotes a process of self-deception by means of fallacious reasoning.” See verse 26 “deceiveth his own heart”
III. An attitude of guarding what comes out of your mouth (vs.26)
Religion—outwardly religious – one who tries to look like he worships God
James will develop this theme in chapter 3
IV. An attitude of serving others (vs.27a)
V. An attitude of separation from the World (vs.27b) James 4:4; 1 Jn 2:15-17
James will develop this theme in chapter 4