Sixth Sunday of Easter - Epistle (1899)
James 1:22-27In the previous epistle James pointed to the grace that God has gifted us with His Word.In today's epistle he warns of the abuse of this gift and shows the blessing of the right use of it.Especially important is the conclusion of v. 25.
The truth that a doer of the Word is saved in his doing.
The proper understanding of this truth
.a. It presupposes the knowledge of who is a doer of the Word, namely,
. whoeverhears God's Word not only physically
, but looks with perception into the perfect Law of liberty
is each of the subjects promulgated declarations of one's will of it or the rulingof it, except where under the threat of sanctions in the event of violation of certain thingsoffered and prohibited or certain acts of mercy are proclaimed. . Under the perfect law of liberty is understood: aa. Not that written by God at creation in the heart of man, repeated onSinai and declared Law of his holy, righteous will, because it is indeed perfect in itself
, "good",but is not able to free us either from the rule of sin
, or proficient for good
, let alone perfect
,bb. but the revealing Gospel of the gracious will of God, "the Law of the Spirit"
, the Law of Mount Zion.
God wants that man should believe in Christ
, in order to be completely free fromguilt, punishment, and dominion of sin.
Seeing with perception
means here in true faith,which presupposes knowledge of sin
, to recognize the glory of the living Gospel;
. whoeverreflects not merely incidentally in God's Word, as the man in the simile
, and is not a forgetfulhearer, but shall endure believing in the Word
. who therefore also seeks to demonstrate hisfaith by his way of life, as he remains unspotted from the world
: . whose sins avoid for whatbridles the tongue
, the second and eighth commandments, is an example, and . serves Godthrough good works toward the neighbor
, the selfish world is incapable for its rendering.
1 Timothy 1:8.
1 John 3:23a.
James 1:27; Galatians 5:6.