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The Effects of The Engrafted Word

May 21, 2020

wordheart1James has already spoken about how we are family – family of God. “Of His own will begat” We tells us how we are Family. He reminds us how we also have the promise of the resurrection “a kind of first fruits” James 1:18-19

So now he calls on us as “beloved brethren” a couple of things …

1 – Swift to hear – Psalms 1
Be swift to hear! The Word of God is more necessary to us than our food. It is more precious than gold. It is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. We cannot live properly without the Word of God!
How very eager we should be to read it and hear it taught! Nothing, absolutely nothing, should be more important to us than taking it in!
But our age will not go down in history as ‘the age of hearing’. Adlai Stevenson once opened an address to students at Princeton with these words: ‘I understand I am here to speak and you are here to listen. Let’s hope we both finish at the same time.’ But the truth is, a lot of church attenders get through listening long before the pastor gets through preaching. • Receiving the Word of God requires us to prepare ourselves in advance. We must think about what the Word of God is and how very blessed we are to have it.
• When it is time to hear the Word of God, every believer would do well to silently say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening’ (see 1 Sam. 3:10).

2 – Slow to speak. Both hearers and proclaimers of the Word carry a heavy responsibility for the success of the preaching of God’s Word.
*Reaction to God’s Word. *Receptivity to the Word, *Responsiveness to the Word, and *Resignation to the Word are essential to spiritual growth. One must accept God’s Word, act on it, and abide by it.
The months that we have endured this pandemic crisis of CV have been some tough times. Physically ( those who have been sick ) emotionally and financially. Tough times call on us to learn lessons. Instead of blaming God under our trials, let us open our ears and hearts to learn what he teaches by them. JFB
Two ears are given to us, the rabbis observe, but only one tongue: the ears are open and exposed, whereas the tongue is walled in behind the teeth. MH. Believers are to respond positively to Scripture, and eagerly pursue every opportunity to know God’s word and will better (cf. Ps. 119:11; 2 Tim. 2:15)JM.

3 – Slow to wrath. (Jas 3:13, 14; 4:5). Slow in becoming heated by debate: another Jewish fault (Ro 2:8), to which much speaking tends. TITTMANN thinks not so much “wrath” is meant, as an indignant feeling of fretfulness under the calamities to which the whole of human life is exposed; this accords with the “divers temptations” in Jas 1:2. Hastiness of temper hinders hearing God’s word; so Naaman, 2Ki 5:11; Lu 4:28.
20. Man’s angry zeal in debating, as if jealous for the honor of God’s righteousness, is far from working that which is really righteousness in God’s sight. True “righteousness is sown in peace,” not in wrath (Jas 3:18). The oldest and best reading means “worketh,” that is, practiceth not: the received reading is “worketh,” produceth not.

( James 1:21) superfluity of naughtiness = remainder of wickedness. engrafted word = implanted word. I.e., the gospel received as the word of truth to further our Christian growth.
We must yield ourselves to the word of God.
Rom. 13:12–14; Eph. 4:22; Col. 3:8; Heb. 12:1; 1 Pet. 2:1–2). We are rescued from these things by
the Gospel word, whose proper attribute is to be engrafted by the Holy Spirit,
able to save–a strong incentive to correct our dulness in hearing the word
“all filthiness” This term often means “a wax build-up in the ear.” It may refer to unholy living which impairs a believer’s hearing of God’s word. Vs 20 able to save–a strong incentive to correct our dulness in hearing the word.

So as brothers, as family, as believers we must be Swift to hear, Slow to Speak, Slow to wrath – all of this comes through the Word which is Strong to Save!. The implanted word. It is able to save our souls. It keeps us from dishonoring the gospel, and disappointing their own souls. Received as the word of truth to further our Christian growth.