Receive the Word of Truth
James 1:16-21 (NASB)
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.
19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
- Why should we receive the Word of Truth? (v.18)
- We are saved and born again by the Word of Truth.
- We then become God’s prized possession from His creation. (Revelation 14:4)
- The Word is able to save our souls. (v. 21, Romans 1:16-17)
- What stops us from receiving the Word of Truth?
- Being quick to speak and slow to listen.
- Being quick to anger. (vv. 19-20)
- An immoral life. (v. 21, Luke 16:14; 1 Peter 1:1-2)
- How do we receive the Word of Truth?
- Be swift to hear. (v.18, Acts 10:33)
- Be humble. (v. 21, 1 Samuel 3:10)