Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Emphutos Logos - All you need is the PLL!

Most law preachers have trouble discerning the words of James. 

No wonder some of the early 'church-fathers' moved for the removal of James from the Bible.

Corrupt translation?


More often the problem is  one of corrupt translation or even one of isolation of one piece of scripture outside of proper context.


We should probably look at the expressive meaning of the Greek words in the context of what James is saying.

Let's look at a particular troublesome part in James 1: 21-27:
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
Pure religion and undefiled before יהוה and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Jas 1:21-27
James is making a point here. 

The context is important

What is he talking about?

The scripture here is all about the emphutos logos - the en-grafted Word

Jesus is the Word.

He is also the Word that we en-craft in every situation, the Word we should ponder, incubate and nurture all day long. For instance, the Word that says:

You are forever free ...

You are holy and blameless ...

You are sanctified and washed ...
You are healed and free of sickness ...
You are prosperous and blessed and rich ...


Listen to corruption?

We should, therefore, lay aside the filthiness and wickedness of this world (corruption) that says we are sinful, poor, sick, dependent on our circumstances, ugly, fat, hopeless, frail, despised, unworthy ...

So, what do we do and how do we do it?

We should be doers (Greek word is poets) of the Word (not the commandments), meaning we should appropriate and apply what the Word says instead so that we don't forget what kind of victorious person we have become because of Jesus.

Perfect-law-of-liberty

The PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY (PLL) is a Person.  He is Mr Freedom Himself. There is only one law and his Name is Jesus!

THE PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY is a law of total perfect and complete freedom. 

It is not the PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY plus the ten commandments or plus any other law or prerequisite or rule or regulation. It (He) is perfect onto Itself. It is perfect in the most complete sense ... it is Jesus!

Our freedom comes with responsibility

For this reason, James says we bridle our tongues. We don't give way to the devil and his devises - his lies and deceptions towards us. In doing so we speak contrary to Jesus. 

But agreeing with Jesus, we speak Life and Truth! Easy! Complete! It is Finished!

Are we in this world?

James closes with a summary (also perverted into a law by the modern law-preacher) when he says: Pure religion and undefiled before יהוה and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

What is he saying?

Taken out of context this last verse of James chapter 1 is problematic to the max. 

However, in context we see that he summarizes that faith in Jesus is to (do) visit the fatherless (those who know not that they have a loving Father who gave His Son so that we my may be the appropriators of the PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY) and the widows (those who know not that they have a loving Husband who is all-victorious and has done everything for them to be free) and to keep himself unspotted from the world (the lies and deceptions of the world that speaks against the finished Work of Christ). If we do this, we bring the Gospel of the PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY!

Isn't it just wonderful that the whole of God's Word is beautifully scripted in context?

Isn't it beautiful that the context of the Word is One and One only - Jesus Christ!
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