|James 1:21-22 |
21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and residue of wickedness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.3 [If you humbly believe and obey the words that you hear Christ speak to you, they are engrafted into your heart, fulfilling the scripture: I will put my laws into their hearts, and I will write them in their minds (inward understanding). Heb 10:16. From the Word of the Lord within: "You must obey every law the Spirit establishes."]
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. [James is saying that if you fail to obey what you hear spoken by Christ to you from within your heart, you are deceiving yourself that obedience is not essential. Obedience leads to righteousness, and obedience leads to salvation; without obedience you will experience neither.]
3 engraft — to cause to grow together, parts from two different plants; like grafting a plum branch onto a peach tree. The two parts to which this scripture refers are: 1) your heart, and 2) the words Christ speaks to you.
receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save you souls. Hear the word of God from within your heart spoken, remember the words heard, practice any teachings and obey any commands.
Christ in you, the hope of glory. Col 1:27
The words we hear him speak to us are Spirit and impart the life of God to us, John 6:63;
which life of God is Christ, John 1:5,14:6, so that Christ is formed within you, Gal 4:19.
Until finally Christ is fully formed and actually resurrected in you. 2 Cor 4:14,Col 2:11-12,3:1, Eph 2:5-6,Rom 6:13
You then see Christ, the glory of God, appear in your heart and witness him bringing your salvation and eternal life.
His spoken words that you hear and keep, (practice, obey, hold true), are spirit and impart the life of God to you. Works of the flesh profit nothing; reading the Bible is a work of the flesh. Only words heard, as spoken by the Spirit, will give life. You can hear and grow spiritually by hearing the Word of Life spoken by the Holy Spirit in your heart if you wait in humble silence, as you listen, watch, hear, believe it to be true, and then obey what you are told to do. It is the words you hear from God and obey that actually create the new spiritual life within you, which life is Christ, the life. Those words heard are engrafted to take root in your heart to change you to become more like him, forming Christ within you; until Christ is fully formed and resurrected in you to be your true Lord, ruling your thoughts, your words, and your deeds.
Jesus told the Apostles they were cleansed by the words that he had spoken to them. John 15:3. And Paul tells us the church of believers is sanctified and cleansed with the washing of the water of the word to become glorious, without spot or wrinkle, Eph 5:25-27; and both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all of one, Heb 2:11; and those who are sanctified are forever cleansed and perfected. Heb 10:14. So the words we persistently hear Him speak to us result in being cleansed, sanctified, in union, and perfected forever.
receive with meekness. What is the meaning of meekness? Gentleness, humility, restrained under provocations and insults. Do not confuse meekness with timidity or lack of courage. Meekness is controlled strength, controlled courage, controlled reply, controlled reaction — the ultimate control to being able to only react as God directs a man — abandoning his own mind, judgments, words, actions, and emotions. Moses was called the meekest man on the earth because he never defended himself against accusations; he let the Lord take the defense and the vengeance.