"Feed My Sheep" Jn 21:15-17
Greetings, What a great humble way to express oneself unto others in our walk with The Lord . We learn the expression from his living word, It was and still is relevant to our fellowship .
The point I would like to bring to light on a repeat basis is, faith is knowledge , a causitive effect of dilligent, humbled determination and deeper study of God`s word.
And with that let us get back into God`s word the great book of James, so we begin today where we left off with 1st chapter of James and we pick it up at verse 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. What we as christian sheep need is to be fed knowledge of God`s kingdom coming, knowledge increases faith which when we go to the Strong`s Greek; #4102
This is what you will find , pis`-tis; persuasion, i,e, credence; moral conviction ( of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher )
espec. reliance upon Christ For Salvation;
abstact. ( constancy in such a profession; by extens. The system of religous (Gospels) truth itself: - assurance, belief,faith and fidelity.
Above we see the full meaning from the greek word , from which we get our English translation, when God teaches faith come by hearing , you can see from the subject and object of the translated meaning back to the Greek and how it applies to God`s intent of what faith actually is.
In the first message taught, the intent is to bring a deeper understanding to how important it is to study the true meaning of the English translations from the Greek, an example being in the first collation of meanings in verses 1-4 we find that it refers to your spiritual occupational deeds , when we translate the word faith, we find that one of its meanings are; constancy in such a profession and as we also learn from the first it involves constancy, which involves Taking your daily bread and the sharing of it, one would hope so, when in true service to our Lord.
The next word to be translated is wavering; This word appears in God`s word twice in the New Testament , however the words have different meanings in the concordence , for now we stick with the word as it appears in James vs.6
Strong`s #1252 Greek, diakrino . To seperate thoroughly, ie; to withdraw from, to oppose, to discriminate, to hesitate, to contend, make to differ,discern, doubt, judge, be partial, stagger,waver.
So as we can all see, we do not want to waver. Amen.
Diligent Study; increases knowledge with an ever increasing faith. Faith has a job description which results in spiritual occupational deeds that involve becoming opposed to ignorance of man and the adherence to the wisdom of God.
It is time to move verse 7
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
That man, is a man who wavereths because of doubt
This verse needs no translation, you have heard it from your earthly parents already, but God is your true Father and your faith in him,I repeat is your knowledge of him, through his living documentable letter to all who will.
Verse 8, again no real need to translate.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
In todays terms , two faced and not to be trusted.
James a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes, scattered abroad, greeting.... My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Where we begin today is the book of James, chapter 1:1 - 4
I`d like to start out and create an discernable picture of who God is addressing in the 1st verse of James , he is addressing todays christian nations (peoples) of which we in the blessed land of the United States are the house of Israel , scattered abroad , having become the seed of Abraham , having God`s promise to Abraham fulfilled , Abraham is the spiritual father of many nations , when one accepts Christ as savior, one becomes the seed or children spiritually of Abraham, if you do not undersatnd this , simply put it away in your mind and eventually if you stay focused and absorb God`s truth it will fit and make sense as your knowledge grows.
In the second verse of James , We are taught to count it all joy when we are tempted by different things of the world , The world is made up of temptation and all fall short of God`s glory , but why we count it joy to be tested of satan and the ways of the world , is that when one has God`s truths within him or herself , you( cannot ) be decieved , God`s truth brings light to darkness thus destroying ignorance and the unknowns of life , one should seek and pray to become sealed of God, filled up with his wisdom. Revelation 7:3 are you to be sealed of God or are you already sealed ? Which simply means, are you coming to the knowledge of the Lord or are you already full of age ?
In the third verse , We have been taught that knowing we will fall into different temptaions, the trying (testing of) your faith , faith comes by hearing God`s word and what is faith ? It`s your knowledge of God through his written documentable living word and as we know collectively faith with out works is dead, so it can be said this way for purposes of understanding, (works without knowledge is dead ) simply because you do not have full understanding of God`s overall eternal plan, which is in the bible. Christ always asked; havent you read ? It does not mean that you cannot go to it and read it now, quite the contrary (if) you study with us and do not let the fowls of the air snatch the truths you gain , your faith is sure to increase , I have faith that it will and as you know faith as a mustard seed can move mountians ..
Verse 4 James ;
In verse 4, we are being taught to let patience have perfect work within us individually , so that you may become perfect and entire, wanting nothing..
Patience in this teaching is equating in the original greek to mean , "endurance and constancy". (( strongs greek# 5281))
Have in this teaching is equating to mean , " hold " (( strongs greek # 2192 ))
Perfect in this teaching is equating to ; full of age , better said to understand it simply means mature in God`s word and full of the knowledge of The Living God and His plan for all who love Him and even those who unfortunately do not. They are not mature , thus easy prey for Satan and the ways of the world. That said be mature in your thinking and become genuinely righteous in God`s eyes , not mans . There cannot be anything that pleases God more than for one of his children to get real with him and make the effort to really get to know him , we were created for his pleasure Rev. 4:11
Work in this teaching equates to; effort or occupation or deed . (( strong`s greek # 2041))
Entire in this teaching equates to; all complete and altogether in everypart. (( strong`s greek #3648 ))
Wanting in this teaching equates; to be left alone , to fail or be absent: to be destitute or lacking (( strong`s greek # 3007 ))
Nothing equates to: +God forbid . (( strong`s greek # 3361 ))
As we collate the translated words to gain a deeper thought and understanding so that, one will not lack knowledge of the Lord of the living.
God is saying , Consistantly endure and hold to the effort of coming to full understanding in maturity of knowledge, in your works, which are your spiritual occupational deeds , so that they may be complete and all together in everypart ,so that you are not alone in your efforts for God and kingdom , so that you do not fail or be found absent or spiritually destitute of knowledge and found lacking by God , God forbid !!
James verse 5 :
If any of you lack wisdom,let him ask of God,that giveth to (all) liberally,and upbraideth not;and it (shall) be given him.
No translation needed... The book of James , where digging deeper is how it`s done. Overcoming the world with God`s truth,
The Living Word. Say Amen.