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Sunday, October 9 2016

James 1: Is Your Bible A Window Or A Mirror?

"For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was ... But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves"

When used humbly and properly, the Holy Bible is a window to the Truth of the Gospel (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?). With the Holy Spirit as "the window cleaner," the Word of God provides a crystal-clear view of the past, the present and the future (see Apocalypse Now).

On the other hand, when the Holy Bible is used as little more than a mirror, a reflection of one's self (see also How Has Satan Stolen The True Appearance Of Jesus Of Nazareth?), it becomes, for the one who abuses it (see What Does The Holy Bible Say About Idiots?), a distorted, egotistical image of the Truth - keeping in mind that mirror images are backwards.

The epistle of James begins with a proclamation of the right way - the true view of the Creation - and humanity's place in it. The world, as it has become, is yet very hostile to any Truth, the clear view of reality, but the time will come when all perversions of sight will no longer exist. In the mean time, "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience."

Mirror Image

"1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

1:9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: 1:10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures." (James 1:1-18 KJV)

Much of the "seeing" is also a matter of listening - hence the term "I see" when understanding is clearly revealed. Then it's time to begin a genuine Christian life of obedience to God's Law (see the Fact Finder question below), while overcoming the perverted view that humanity has been infected with: "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."

"1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." (James 1:19-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is the Way to eternal life?
See Faith Is The Law; see also Strait And Straight and Which Way Is Right And Left?

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This Day In History, October 9

768: Carloman I and his older brother Charlemagne were crowned Kings of The Franks - a Germanic (ancestors of the present day German, Dutch and Flemish people) tribe that controlled much of Europe. The present-day German name for France is Frankreich, meaning empire of the Franks, while the present-day name "France" itself is derived from the Latin term Francia - which was merely a translation of the Germanic term. Germany became the Roman Empire; it was Charles V, the Emperor of the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation," who condemned Martin Luther as a heretic and an outlaw (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).


1000: The year that Norse explorer Leif Ericson discovered "Vineland," which was located along the east coast of North America around modern-day Newfoundland. Ericson's arrival happened about 500 years before another European, Christopher Columbus, "discovered America" - in his case merely the islands of the Caribbean Sea, not anywhere in continental North America (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

Leif Ericson

1238: James I of Aragon conquered Valencia and founded the Kingdom of Valencia.

1264: The Kingdom of Castile conquered the city of Jerez. The city had been under Muslim occupation since 711.

1470: Henry VI of England was restored to the throne.

1514: The marriage of Louis XII of France and Mary Tudor.

1635: Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts colony for advocating religious freedom through the separation of church and state (it didn't take long for the people of the "New World" to begin behaving like the people of the "Old World" who were supposedly persecuting them). He founded Providence, Rhode Island a year later (for the actual Biblical meaning of "pilgrims," see The Pilgrims).

1701: The Collegiate School of Connecticut was founded by the English pioneers in New England. In 1718, it was renamed Yale College after British East India Governor Elihu Yale.

1776: Spanish missionaries established a colony in California that they named San Francisco.

1799: The British frigate HMS Lutine sank off the Dutch coast. The ship's bell was later salvaged and mounted in the insurance underwriter's room of Lloyd's of London. From then to now the bell is tolled on receipt of important news such as a ship sinking.

1820: A proclamation rejoining Cape Breton to Nova Scotia was issued. Cape Breton became part of the colony of Nova Scotia in 1763 but it remained largely undeveloped until 1784 when it became a separate colony for Loyalist refugees from the New England colonial rebellion. Successive waves of Scottish immigrants and the return of the Acadians were followed by the reuniting of the two colonies.

1854: During the Crimean War, the siege of Sebastopol begins.

1870: Rome was incorporated into Italy by royal decree.

1890: Clement Ader of France made the first heavier-than-air machine flight, 13 years before the Wright brothers (who were the first to fly in the U.S. - they were not the first in the world).

The First Flight

1934: Alexander I, king of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes 1921-1929, and Yugoslavia 1929-1934 after he changed the name of the country to Yugoslavia, was assassinated by a Croatian terrorist in Marseilles along with French foreign minister Louis Barthou, while negotiating an alliance.

1967: Ernesto ("Che") Guevara, Argentine-born doctor, leftist revolutionary, was executed by Bolivian troops after his capture the day before while he was attempting to start a revolution there.

1983: 17 South Korean officials, 4 of them cabinet ministers including foreign minister Lee Bum-Suk, were assassinated in a bomb blast while visiting Rangoon, Burma. Three officials of the North Korean military, who slipped into the country before the bombing were later charged with the murders.

1989: An official Soviet Union TASS news agency report stated that a UFO landed in Voronezh, Russia.

1992: A 13 kilogram fragment of a meteorite that entered the Earth's atmosphere struck and destroyed an unoccupied 1980 Chevrolet Malibu that was parked in a driveway in Peekskill, New York.

2006: North Korea reportedly tested its first nuclear bomb.


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