by Jerry Vines

James 3:13-18
Jerry Vines

James is ever the practical one. This half-brother of our Lord who saw the life of
the Lord Jesus lived with all of its beauty and perfection before him, understood that
Christian faith is intended to be lived out in daily behavior. He is kind of a show-so
Christian. The Bible talks about a know-so salvation. The little book of I John is written
to help us know that we have eternal life. So, John says that we can know that we are
saved. James comes along with another emphasis and his emphasis is a show so
He says in verse 13, who is a wise man endued with knowledge among you? Let him show
out of a good conversation... He's already talked about that. Look back at chapter 2:18,
yea, a man may say you have faith and I have works, show me. Here is the original show
and tell. James is saying-don't just talk about it, show it to me. Don't make it a matter
of your words make it a matter of your works also.
James has a way of putting the Christian faith in down-to-earth clothing. He has a
way of showing us that what we believe is intended to impact how we behave. Christian
behavior is always the direct result of the experience we have had in the Lord Jesus
Christ. The Bible says if any many be in Christ, that is if any person is saved, he is a new
creation. Old things are passed away, behold all things have become new. That doesn't
mean you are going to live a perfect life, but it does mean that there is a change in your
life and your behavior should begin to take on different characteristics and a different
I guess the first Christian poem I ever memorized was this one.
You are writing a Gospel, a chapter each day.
By deeds that you, by words that you say.
Men read what you write, whether faithless or true.
Say, what is the Gospel according to you?
Every day of our lives we are to be a living testimony, a living Gospel to s ...

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