Book Review – Illustrated Life of Paul

Illustrated-Life-of-Paul Many, many books have been written on the life, theology, and impact of Paul and his writings found in the New Testament. Given he wrote the majority of the books of the New Testament, such attention is of course founded and necessary. There are those authors who take a quick overview of Paul and his ministry and there are those who dig much deeper, analyzing the plethora of issues found in Pauline theology from a more academic mindset. Out of all those approaches, one can find quite a few solid works, some that are just so-so and unfortunately many that take a liberal bent towards Paul. In the group of works that are solid can most certainly be included Charles Quarles’ Illustrated Life of Paul.

While I certainly love those “nerdy” scholarly books with page after page of digging deep into a particular subject (with no pictures I might add), I must admit I have been increasingly drawn towards works that back up just a bit from the minutia and take that needed overarching look at a subject. Included in these type of books are what I think are valuable illustrations and pictures that help the reader get a sense of what life was like during the time period they are studying. Sometimes being able to look at what the city of Thessalonica for example looked like provides a needed mental picture as one reads through Paul’s letter to the believers at Thessalonica.

Quarles notes the purpose of this book is “to introduce readers to this amazing man (Paul) and his incredible story.” I submit that Quarles does an excellent job of meeting his stated goal. He begins with a look at the background of Saul of Tarsus, providing the reader with a look into who Saul was before God turned his life upside down for the cause of Christ and renamed him Paul. Arguably, many forget Paul was trained by the famed Rabbi Gamaliel and thus was learned in all matters of the law. Quarles rightly notes the description Paul gave himself as Hebrew born of Hebrews “portrays Paul as a committed Jew whose family resisted the subtle influence of their Gentile environment and sought in all matters to remain faithful to the traditions of their fathers.”

The majority of Quarles’ book is spent on walking the reader through the life of Paul as reflected in the book of Acts and in Paul’s New Testament writings. He does an excellent job engaging the various events in Paul’s life, specifically what took place during his missionary journeys, along the way inserting helpful illustrations that as noted earlier in this review, provide the reader with a bit of insight into the first century world in which Paul lived and ministered.

An example of the helpful insight Quarles provides can be found in his comments on the city of Ephesus and Paul’s time spent there. Quarles aptly comments “Because Ephesus was the provincial capital and the economic hub of the province, people from all over the region were constantly traveling in and out of the city. This made Ephesus an ideal location for the propagation of the gospel.” Of course Ephesus was also the center of the worship of the goddess Diana and Paul’s interaction and declaration of the gospel in this town got him into a bit of hot water.

If you are looking for a very accessible and comprehensive look at the life and ministry of Paul, then I highly recommend this book. Quarles does an excellent job of looking at Paul in a way that will help the reader better appreciate how God used this man to spread the message of the gospel. Quarles does not engage that much on deep matters of theology in this book like one would find in a book devoted to Pauline theology, although he does at times interact with Paul’s theology at various points on the book. If you are desiring a theological treatise on Paul’s works, you would need to seek out other books that focus on that subject matter. Quarles book is a solid introduction and interaction with the life of Paul and the books he wrote and to that end it is highly successful and worth obtaining as a valuable resource.

This book is available for purchase from B&H Academic by clicking here.

I received this book for free from B&H Academic for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Dr. Albert Mohler – Leadership as Stewardship, Part Two

Jesus once told of a wealthy man who went on a long journey. Before the man left, he entrusted his wealth to three servants. To one he gave five units, to another just two units, and to the last he gave only one. Each received “according to his ability,” Jesus said. The servant with the five units invested them and made five more. The one entrusted with two units also traded with them, and made two more. The servant who had received only one unit dug a hole in the ground and hid it, keeping it safe, he thought.

When the rich man returned, he demanded an accounting. The servant who had received five units but turned in ten was richly praised and rewarded. “Well done, good and faithful servant,” said the master. “You have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much.” The servant who had doubled two units to four received the same commendation.

The last servant, who hid his master’s wealth in the ground, returned what he had been given; nothing lost, but nothing gained. The master rebuked him harshly, calling him wicked and taking his stewardship away. Then Jesus set down this principle: “For to everyone who has more will be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” [Matthew 25: 14-30]

Stewards are entrusted with great responsibility. Those who lead are entrusted with a stewardship that comes ultimately from God and will be judged by him alone in the end. We are given a job to do and significant authority as a trust. We will shipwreck our leadership for certain if we do not remember that we are stewards, not lords, of all that we hold by trust.

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Tim Chaffey and Jason Lisle – Old Earth Creationism on Trial: Prosecution – The Philosophy and Correct Application of Science

by Tim Chaffey and Jason Lisle

At this point, we have established that the Bible unequivocally teaches a “young” earth. In other words, God created the universe and the earth in six ordinary days, roughly 6,000 years ago. But what do the scientific dating methods indicate?

In this chapter we will examine the nature and role of science, as well as the ability and limitations of scientific dating methods. It is crucial that we have a proper understanding of how science works, and the underlying philosophy and assumptions involved in any age-dating method before any accurate age estimates can be made. We will then apply proper scientific techniques to the evidence. We will find that the scientific evidence confirms the biblical age of the earth of several thousand years.

The Bible First

The Bible must come first in our quest for knowledge; it is superior to other sources of information, including knowledge gained from the natural sciences. This must be the case because other sources of knowledge presuppose the Bible. In other words, in order for us to gain knowledge about anything in the universe through any means (including scientific analysis), we would have to already assume that the Bible is true. People do not often realize this, so let’s briefly explore this idea.

In order for science to be possible, what things must be true? What are the things that scientists assume (presuppose) before any investigation of evidence? Scientists presuppose that the universe obeys logical, rational laws, and that the human mind is able to discover and understand these laws and make predictions about how the universe will be in the future. Without these assumptions, science would be impossible. Yet, these assumptions are exactly what we would expect from the Bible. God is rational and upholds the universe in a logical, orderly fashion—which we call the “laws of nature.” And since God made our minds to be able to function in this universe (and since we are made in God’s image), it stands to reason that our minds would have the ability to discover truths about the universe.

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Michael Boling – Reflections on Job 29-31

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Job 29-31

Job begins his final defense by noting how much he longs for the days when God’s hand of protection was upon him, that time when he enjoyed health, family, and respect in the community. He reminisces of those days when people listened to what he had to say and when he was able to assist those in need. He “broke the jaw of the unrighteous”, snatching “the prey from his teeth.” Those days promised long life, one lived like a king.

Fast forwarding to his present condition, Job notes none of the things he once enjoyed are any more. He is derided instead of respected. He is loathed instead of having his words considered and acted upon. Instead of peace and tranquility, he endures calamity and terror. Instead of health, his life ebbs away, full of grief, pain, and suffering. He calls out to God but there is no answer. Instead of long life, death is on the doorstep at any moment. Indeed the tables have turned for Job.

Job continues to maintain his righteous standing before God noting that he made a covenant with his eyes that he would not dare lust after a woman. He believes that the heritage from God is judgment on the wicked and reward for the righteous; however, that is not the picture he is seeing in his own life. Job continues to ponder where he stepped off the path of righteousness. If he has strayed, then he understands he deserves his current plight. Job presents a long list of sins that he believes he has not committed. However, if anyone of those sins he has listed he has participated in any way, Job wants God to make note so he can plead for forgiveness and hopefully bring this suffering to an end. With this final statement, Job concluded his comments to his friends and pleas to God.

Russell Grigg – Dawkins’ Dilemma: How God Forgives Sin

In The God Delusion, author Richard Dawkins asks: “If God wanted to forgive our sins, why not just forgive them, without having himself tortured and executed in payment … ?”

The answer depends on three things: What is sin? Why does God oppose it? How can God justly forgive it?

Note: Dawkins begins with the axiom2 that God does not exist. We shall begin with the axiom that God does exist and the Bible is His written Word.

1. What is sin?

When God created Adam and Eve, He made human beings who were not only dependent on Him for existence and life, but who He intended to enjoy a relationship with Him of sharing in His life and love. Sin, in essence, is the desire of mankind to be free from this dependence on God, and indeed from any relationship with God at all.

When Satan tempted Eve to disobey God, the ‘bait’ he used was the assertion “you will be like God”. Thus, when Adam and Eve ate the fruit that God had forbidden them, they were defying God, repudiating His authority over them, and elevating their own wills above God’s will.

Sin does not primarily refer to isolated acts (sins), for they are only the outworking of human self-will. It refers primarily to the rebellion of men and women against God, which may range all the way from careless indifference to the hell-bent hostility of which Dawkins’ posturing is an extreme example. Since sin is defined by this opposition to God and his standards, if God doesn’t exist, then the concept of sin becomes meaningless.

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Michael Boling – Dr. Gosnell, Abortion, the Church and Adoption

The hot button issue of abortion is nothing new in today’s society. The passing of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case legalizing abortion is unfortunately celebrating its 40th anniversary. Outside of the yearly demonstrations on the anniversary of the passing of Roe v. Wade and demonstrations at local abortion clinics around the country, the approximately 1 million abortions that take place annually in the United States happen seemingly behind the scenes as an accepted fact of life. Some states have begun to pass legislation in an attempt to tighten the reins on abortion clinics, in particular those operated by Planned Parenthood with some degree of success.

The recent trial of abortion clinic doctor Kermit Gosnell has thrust the issue of abortion back into the spotlight despite overt attempts by the liberal media to squash any coverage of this trial, either on the national news or even on social media outlets. Who is Kermit Gosnell and why should we care you might ask. Dr. Gosnell has been accused of horrific acts against babies that, according to eyewitness, were clearly alive following the abortion procedure. According to a NY Daily News internet article, “Gosnell, who is charged with eight counts of murder, trained his employees to cut the necks of the aborted babies to sever their spinal cords.”[1] As if that was not horrific enough, the Philadelphia Inquirer in reporting on this story noted “Prosecutors have cited the dozens of jars of severed baby feet as an example of Gosnell’s idiosyncratic and illegal practice of providing abortions for cash to poor women pregnant longer than the 24-week cutoff for legal abortions in Pennsylvania.”[2]

This alone should at a minimum make any person with even a minimal conscience squirm in their seat. It should be rather obvious why liberal news outlets have no desire for this story to be front page news as it damages the talking point that an unborn baby is merely a lump of tissue and a woman should have the right to discard this nuisance in the name of women’s rights. Anything that would demonstrate that an unborn child is really a child would blow a hole in the liberal talking points on this issue.

So what should believers think about this and more importantly, what should we do not just in response to the abortion issue, but more importantly, what are some alternatives that can be offered to those who might seek an outlet such as the abortion clinic of Dr. Gosnell? But wait, there’s more!

Ken Ham – The Lie: Evolution (Genesis—The Key to Defending Your Faith)

After a lecture, a young man approached me — “What you said . . . it’s suddenly like a light bulb lighting up in my head!” A young lady standing nearby stated, “I realized today that my understanding of Christianity was like starting in the middle of a movie — you took me back to the beginning — now I understand what it is all about.” A middle-aged man approached, “This information is like a key. It not only unlocks the reason as to why we have problems in society today — it’s the key to knowing how to be much more effective in witnessing for Jesus Christ. . . . Thank you.”

These are challenging days. On the whole, society is becoming more anti-Christian. We are seeing steady increases in homosexuality, support for abortion on demand, unwillingness to obey authorities, unwillingness to work, marriage being abandoned, clothing being abandoned, an increase in pornography, and an increase in lawlessness, to name but a few areas. Christians are fighting for their freedom even in so-called “Christian” nations.

What has happened in society to bring about these changes? Why is it that many people are cynical when you talk about Christ and seem to be closed to the gospel? There must be some foundational reason for this change. In this book we will discover the basic reasons why modern society has turned away from Christ. More importantly, a biblical (and hence, successful) way to reclaim lives for our Saviour will be outlined for you. Years ago, our society was based on Christian absolutes. People knew what was right and what was wrong. Behaviors such as sexual deviancy, easy divorce, public lawlessness,
abortion on demand, pornography, and public nudity were considered to be wrong. Varying punishments for offenders were meted out by society. Value judgments were basically built on biblical principles (for example, the Ten Commandments). Most people accepted or respected a belief in God.

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Michael Boling – Reflections on 1 Samuel 28-31; Psalm 18

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1 Samuel 28-31; Psalm 18

As we near the conclusion of 1 Samuel, the kingship of Saul will come to an end, just as God had declared. Before his untimely demise, Saul once again displays behaviors that are an affront to God revealing a man who continued to go it his own way rather than being the obedient leader a king was ordained by God to be for Israel.

The Philistines had gathered to fight against Israel. Achish told David that he and his men must accompany him in battle against Israel. David agreed and Achish made David his bodyguard for life.

When Saul saw the Philistine army gathered at Shunem, he became frightened. He inquired of God what he was to do, but God had long stopped speaking to Saul. Saul told one of his attendants to find him a medium. Hearing there was a medium in Endor, Saul disguised himself and went to see this woman. The woman reminded Saul that all the mediums had been cut off (put to death) and she asked why she was being placed in a trap to be caught and put to death herself. Saul promised she would not die.

The woman then asked Saul who the individual was he wanted to bring up. Saul answered that he wanted to speak with Samuel. Seeing Samuel, the woman cried out and Saul asked her what she saw. She responded by saying she saw a ghostly figure of an old man wearing a robe. Saul knew it was Samuel and spoke to the apparition, asking what he should do in response to the Philistines. Samuel responded by telling Saul that God has ripped the kingdom from Saul and given it to David. Furthermore, Saul would die along with his sons at the hands of the Philistines. Hearing this tragic news, Saul refused to eat. It was only at the urging of the medium and Saul’s servants that he finally agreed to eat.

As the Philistines began to march on Israel, David and his men were occupying a place in the rear. After some rumblings among his men, Achish decided to send David back to Ziklag. David asked if it was something he had done and Achish responded his decision was related to the attitudes of his commanders and not anything David had done.

David and his men made their journey back to Ziklag. While all the men were gone, the Amalekites had raided the town and burned it, taking captive the woman and everything in it. When David and his men arrived and saw what had happened, they wept till they had no more strength. David then found strength in God and inquired as to whether he should pursue the Amalekites. God told him to pursue them for He had given them into David’s hand.

David took his men and pursued the Amalekites to the Besor Valley. Two hundered of David’s men were too exhausted to continue so he took the remaining four hundred men. They came upon an Egyptian who gave David and his men food and drink. This Egyptian told David he was the slave of an Amalekite who had been abandoned when he took ill a few days back. David asked the slave to lead him to the raiding party of the Amalekites. As the Amalekites were eating and drinking from their great plunder, David attached them and killed them all, taking back everything they had plundered. David also sent some of the plunder as gifts to his friends in Judah.

The Philistines fought against Israel and the Israelites fled with many falling dead on Mount Gilboa. Saul’s sons Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malki-Shua were killed in battle. As the fighting few fierce around Saul, the archers of the Philistines critically wounded Saul. Knowing he was about to die, Saul asked his armor-bearer to kill him with his sword. When the armor-bearer refused, Saul took his sword and fell on it. Seeing Saul was dead, the armor-bearer also fell on his sword. When the Israelites saw that Saul and his sons were dead, they fled, abandoning their towns to the Philistines. The next day when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and cut off his head, sending messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news to their people and in the temple to their gods of their victory. They put Saul’s armor in the temple of their gods and fastened his body to the wall at Beth Shan.

When the people of Jabesh Gilead heard of this, their valiant men marched to Beth Shan and took down the bodies of Saul and his sons and buried them under a tamarisk tree at Jabesh.

Psalm 18 is a psalm of David sung to God in thanksgiving for being delivered from the hand of his enemies, in particular from the hand of Saul. David notes that God is his rock and fortress. God is worthy of praise. In his distress, David called out to God and was delivered from the cords of death. The descriptions of God acting on behalf of David that are noted in this psalm are quite impressive. God is described as thundering from heaven, shooting arrows from heaven, exposing the valleys of the sea, and rebuking the wicked a blast of breath from his nostrils.

Also of note is the description of God reaching down and taking hold of David, speaking of the care God has for His people. God dealt with the wicked according to His righteousness. David knew the pursuit of the wicked was not based on his rejected of God’s law and thus he had confidence God would deliver him and would punish the wicked. I appreciated most this verse:

“With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks.” (Psalm 18:25-27)

Thomas Boston – Man’s Utter Inability to Rescue Himself

Thomas Boston For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him. John 6.44

We have now had a view of the total corruption of man’s nature, and that load of wrath which lies on him, that gulf of misery into which he is plunged in his natural state. But there is one part of his misery that deserves particular consideration; namely, his utter inability to recover himself, the knowledge of which is necessary for the due humiliation of a sinner. What I design here, is only to propose a few things, whereby to convince the unregenerate man of this his inability, that he may see an absolute need of Christ and of the power of His grace.

A man that is fallen into a pit cannot be supposed to help himself out of it, but by one of two ways; either by doing all himself alone, or taking hold of, and improving, the help offered him by others. Likewise an unconverted man cannot be supposed to help himself out of his natural state, but either in the way of the law, or covenant of works, by doing all himself without Christ; or else in the way of the Gospel, or covenant of grace, by exerting his own strength to lay hold upon, and to make use of the help offered him by a Saviour. But, alas! the unconverted man is dead in the pit, and cannot help himself either of these ways; not the first way, for the first text tells us, that when our Lord came to help us, ‘we were without strength,’ unable to recover ourselves. We were ungodly, therefore under a burden of guilt and wrath, yet ‘without strength,’ unable to stand under it; and unable to throw it off, or get from under it: so that all mankind would have undoubtedly perished, had not ‘Christ died for the ungodly,’ and brought help to those who could never have recovered themselves. But when Christ comes and offers help to sinners, cannot they take it? Cannot they improve help when it comes to their hands? No, the second text tells, they cannot; ‘No man can come unto me,’ that is, believe in me (John 6.44), ‘except the Father draw him.’ This is a drawing which enables them to come, who till then could not come; and therefore could not help themselves by improving the help offered. It is a drawing which is always effectual; for it can be no less than ‘hearing and learning of the Father,’ which, whoever partakes of, come to Christ (verse 45). Therefore it is not drawing in the way of mere moral suasion, which may be, yea, and always is ineffectual. But it is drawing by mighty power (Eph. 1:9), absolutely necessary for those who have no power in themselves to come and take hold of the offered help.

Hearken then, O unregenerate man, and be convinced that as you are in a most miserable state by nature, so you are utterly unable to recover yourself any way. You are ruined; and what way will you go to work to recover yourself? Which of the two ways will you choose? Will you try it alone, or will you make use of help? Will you fall on the way of works, or on the way of the Gospel? I know very well that you will not so much as try the way of the Gospel, till once you have found the recovery impracticable in the way of the law. Therefore, we shall begin where corrupt nature teaches men to begin, namely, at the way of the law of works.

Sinner, I would have you believe that your working will never effect it. Work, and do your best; you will never be able to work yourself out of this state of corruption and wrath. You must have Christ, else you will perish eternally. It is only ‘Christ in you’ that can be the hope of glory. But if you will needs try it, then I must lay before you, from the unalterable Word of the living God, two things which you must do for yourself. If you can do them, it must be yielded that you are able to recover yourself; but if not, then you can do nothing this way for your recovery.

1. ‘If thou wilt enter into life keep the commandments’ (Matthew 19:17). That is, if you will by doing enter into life, then perfectly keep the ten commandments; for the object of these words is to beat down the pride of the man’s heart, and to let him see an absolute need of a Saviour, from the impossibility of keeping the law. The answer is given suitably to the address. Our Lord checks him for his compliment, ‘Good Master’ (Matthew 19:16), telling him, ‘There is none good but one, that is God’ (Matthew 19:17). As if he had said, You think yourself a good man, and me another; but where goodness is spoken of, men and angels may veil their faces before the good God. As to his question, wherein he revealed his legal disposition, Christ does not answer him, saying, ‘Believe and thou shalt be saved;’ that would not have been so seasonable in the case of one who thought he could do well enough for himself, if he but knew ‘what good he should do;’ but, suitable to the humor the man was in, He bids him ‘keep the commandments;’ keep them nicely and accurately, as those that watch malefactors in prison, lest any of them escape, and their life be taken for those which escape. See then, O unregenerate man, what you can do in this matter; for if you will recover yourself in this way, you must perfectly keep the commandments of God.

(1) Your obedience must be perfect, in respect of the principle of it; that is, your soul, the principle of action, must be perfectly pure, and altogether without sin. For the law requires all moral perfection; not only actual, but habitual: and so condemns original sin; impurity of nature, as well as of actions. Now, if you can bring this to pass you will be able to answer that question of Solomon, so as never one of Adam’s posterity could yet answer it, ‘Who can say, I have made my heart clean?’ (Prov. 20:9). But if you cannot, the very want of this perfection is sin, and so lays you open to the curse and cuts you off from life. Yea, it makes all your actions, even your best actions, sinful: ‘For who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?’ (Job 14:4). And do you think by sin to help yourself out of sin and misery?

(2) Your obedience must also be perfect in parts. It must be as broad as the whole law of God: if you lack one thing, you are undone; for the law denounces the curse on him that continues not in every thing written therein (Gal 3:10). You must give Internal and external obedience to the whole law, keep all the commands in heart and life. If you break any one of them, that will ensure your ruin. A vain thought, or idle word, will still shut you up under the curse.

(3) It must be perfect in respect of degrees, as was the obedience of Adam, while he stood in his innocence. This the law requires, and will accept of no less (Matthew 22:37), ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’ If one degree of that love, required by the law, be wanting, if each part of your obedience be not brought up to the greatest height commanded, that want is a breach of the law, and so leaves you still under the curse. A man may bring as many buckets of water to a house that is on fire, as he is able to carry, and yet it may be consumed, and will be so, if he bring not as many as will quench the fire. Even so, although you should do what you are able, in keeping the commandments, if you fail in the least degree of obedience which the law enjoins, you are certainly ruined for ever, unless you take hold of Christ, renouncing all your righteousness as filthy rags. (See Rom 10:5; Gal. 3:10).

(4) It must be perpetual, as the man Christ’s obedience was, who always did the things which pleased the Father, for the tenor of the law is, ‘Cursed is he that continueth not in all things written in the law to do them! Hence, though Adam’s obedience was, for a while, absolutely perfect; yet because at length he failed in one point, namely, in eating the forbidden fruit, he fell under the curse of the law. If a man were to live a dutiful subject to his prince till the close of his days, and then conspire against him, he must die for his treason. Even so, though you should, all the time of your life, live in perfect obedience to the law of God, and yet at the hour of death only entertain a vain thought, or pronounce an idle word, that idle word, or vain thought, would blot out all your former righteousness, and ruin you; namely, in this way in which you are seeking to recover yourself.

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Dave Jenkins – Conclusion to the Reading and Studying the Bible Series

Introduction

In part one of spending quality time in the Word of God we learned about hearing God’s Word, reading God’s Word and studying God’s Word. In part two we learned about about memorizing God’s Word. In part three we learned about meditating on the Word of God. To conclude this series, we will briefly consider how to apply God’s Word to one’s life.

Applying God’s Word- Benefits and Methods

The Bible promises the blessing of God on those who apply the Word of God to one’s daily life. The classic New Covenant statement on the value of integrating the spiritual with the concrete is James 1:22-25: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” Pithy and powerful is Jesus’ similar statement in John 13:17, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”

These verses teach that there can be a delusion in hearing God’s Word. Without minimizing the sufficiency of Scripture nor the power of the Holy Spirit to work through even the most casual brush with the Bible, we can frequently be deluded about Scripture’s impact on our lives. According to James, we can experience God’s truth so powerfully that what the Lord wants us to do becomes as plain as our face in the morning mirror. If we do not apply the truth as we meet it, we delude ourselves by thinking we have gained practical value, regardless of how wonderful the experience of discovering the truth has been. The one who will be blessed in what he does is the one who does what Scripture says.

For someone to be blessed in what he does is the equivalent of the promises of blessing, success and prosperity given in Joshua 1:8 and Psalm 1:1-3 to those who meditate on God’s Word. That’s because meditation should ultimately lead to application. When God instructed Joshua to meditate on His word day and night, He told him the purpose for meditating was “so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.” The promise “then you will be prosperous and successful” would be fulfilled, not as the result of meditation only, but as God’s blessing upon meditation-forged application.

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