Chapter 1 ◦ Vs. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
▪ Matthew Henry says something like this:
We are taught, as Christians, to watch against, and lay aside, not only those more gross and fleshly dispositions and affections which make a person filthy, but all the disorders of a corrupt heart, which would prejudice it against the word and ways of God. Observe,
◦ 1. Sin is a defiling thing; it is called filthiness itself.
◦ 2. There is abundance of that which is evil in us, to be watched against; there is an abundance of naughtiness that seeps into us.
◦ 3. It is not enough to restrain evil affections, but they must be cast from us, or laid apart. Isa_30:22, Thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say, Get you hence.
◦ 4. This must extend not only to outward sins, and greater abominations, but to all sin of thought and affection as well as speech and practice.
▪ We must yield ourselves to the word of God, being submissive and humble, Receive it with meekness. Being willing to hear of our faults, and taking it not only patiently, but thankfully, desiring also to be molded and formed by the doctrines and precepts of the gospel.
▪ In hearing the word of God, we are to receive it – we agree to the truths of it – consent to the laws of it; receive it as the stock does the graft; so as that the fruit which is produced may be, not according to the nature of the bad stock (us), but according to the nature of that word of the gospel which is en grafted into our souls.
▪ And if the word has the power to save the soul, what power that is… we should use that power!
▪ So when we read the word, we should ask God to help us hear it, to implant it in us, to recognize the power of it and to use this glorious, wonderful gift God has given us!
vs. 22: Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
◦ That is pretty plain, isn’t it? Pretty blunt. It is like the Nike commercials.. just do it!
◦ We could hear the word of God directly from the mouth of God and if we are not doers, than what is it, except that our ears worked?
◦ James Vernon McGee calls being doers of the word being translators of the word. (The world is reading what you do as the Word of God)
◦ You can deceive yourselves! We can deceive ourselves! How? By just hearing the word.
▪ How do we just hear?
We go to church and listen, or the TV or radio.
We read the word just like we read a book, with no prayer, no studying no figuring out how to implant what it says into our lives!
▪ The Word of God is a command, it is showing us the will of God for our lives!
▪ We are children of God, and He tells us to be obedient, and as His child, we obey. It does not matter what anyone else does. You recognize who He is, who you are and you obey.
◦ It’s easier to preach than to practice; It’s easier to say than to do. Most sermons are heard by the many, but taken to heart by the few. Author unknown.
◦ Do not fool yourselves! How pitiful is that! We could be walking around like a fool, and we did it to ourselves!
vs. 23-24 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like
- ◦ Why do you look in the mirror?
- ▪ …. If you are very vain, because you think you are pretty or handsome!
- ▪ …. But most of us look to be sure we look OK.
- ……….We check our hair
- ……….We check our face for dirt or smudges
- ……….We check for blemishes or spots
- ………. We are looking to see what is wrong with us.
- …….Then if we know what is wrong with us. Me… personally me, …You, personally you, then we can do something about it. You have to know the problem is there before you can fix it.
- The bible shows you your sin. And thankfully, it shows you what to do with it.
◦ What good does it do to just read it and forget it. It is useless!
◦ The mirror here is the Word of God. The Word of God shows you who you are!
▪ A mirror reveals your flaws. We look in a mirror to be sure there is not something grossly wrong with us! Look into the Bible the same way. Let it show you your flaws!
▪ But, sometimes, we get up close in that mirror to really examine ourselves for little things that cannot necessarily be seen so easily.
…….So it should be with the Bible. Look closely! Examine yourself closely when you are studying (not just reading) the Bible.
◦ Also, it reflects you… not the other person that comes to mind when you read things! You! We have to study the Bible as if God is telling us personally something about ourselves!
◦ And study it, so that you won’t forget and it useless!
◦ “The word of God (as Dr. Manton speaks) discovers how we may do away our sins, and deck and attire our souls with the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
vs. 25: But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
◦ This is the law of grace. Not the Mosaic Law.
◦ This is the law of faith.
▪ John 8:36…. Look it up!
▪ John 14:14… Look it up!
▪ Galatians 6:2… Look it up!
One says, we are free indeed.
The other says If you love Jesus you will keep His commandments.
And one says bear each others burdens and fulfill the law of Christ.
▪ What law? 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments:
It is the law of love and faith in God!
As J. Vernon McGee says something like this: If you are driving down a freeway, and you see it is loaded with traffic and it if loaded with laws. If you want to drive down that freeway, you obey the laws. You stay on the right side of the road, you stay in your lane, you keep below a certain speed. And when you do this, there is liberty. You get to go where you wanted and you have a better, safer, more productive, less fearful time doing it.
There is liberty in Christ. Just because you are a Christian does not give you the liberty to break the ten commandments. The difference is you don’t need those laws that say don’t do this and do that, because you as a Christian will want to do those things.
◦ There are many laws in this country we don’t even know, but most likely if we are in general law abiding citizens, we don’t break them.
◦ If you are saved by grace, recognize that grace and love the One who gave you that grace, then you have freedom. You don’t want to be anything but what that One (Christ) wants you to be.
▪ And when you are not. You know it. You know you did not live for Him. And that is the problem for you!
The problem for the Christian is not that we broke some law, but that we did not do what the One we love prefers for us to do!
John_13:17, If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.
◦ That is freedom!