Speak the Truth (14 of 16) by Zach Terry

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Speak the Truth (14 of 16)
Series: James
Zach Terry
James 5:12

Introduction:
Jesus Christ is the Lord of Language
He is the Word made flesh
He is the way the TRUTH and the life
He calls the citizens of His Kingdom to Speak Truth

It should come as no surprise that He puts a high premium on the use of language.
• When God created the Heavens and the Earth, His mode of operation was language, words. He spoke and it was. He said, "Let their be light and there was light"
• When Adam the first man was created, the best we can tell, he was created fully grown with the ability to speak, in a God granted language. He named the animals.
• God interacted with man through words. They had a conversation.
• The first temptation of man was presented via words.
• At Babel God scattered the languages and at Pentecost God gathered the Languages.
• When Jesus came to redeem humanity He presented Himself as the WORD made flesh.
• Two of the Ten Commandments governs our language, thou shall not bear false witness. Do not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
• We are saved as we call upon the name of the Lord.
• In the New Testament the Gospel is spread through the means of language. Preach the Gospel to every creature.

o Someone said, "Preach the Gospel at all times and if necessary use words… friend's it's necessary that we use words" I've never heard of anyone ever saying - I noticed that you try to live for others, I deduced from that, that there is a God in heaven who loves me and sent his only Son to be the propitiation for my sins. NO - WE MUST SPEAK.

• The first case of Discipline in the Early Church was handled directly by God and it was over the use of words - Ananias and Saphiria

CONTEXT: So now as James draws his divinely inspired letter to a conclusion he circles the runway once more on the subject of language, words, the use of words.
TEXT: James 5:12 (NASB95) 12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven ...


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