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ESV - 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is. A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone. Follow Question. What did James mean he said to be doers of the word, and not hearers only? James ESV - 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Answers 3 Discuss 2. Colin Wong Supporter Founder, eBible.
And so first, seek to understand the entire section. EBible breaks down scripture into sections, each section being its own independent "story". The section that this verse belongs to is called "Hearing and Doing the Word". Next read the verses before and after your target verse. What does it say?
In this particular case, verses 23 to 25 will illuminate greater understanding. James But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. It means you may read the word of God, but if you don't practice it, you will loose all the wisdom and blessing God has in store for you. Therefor do not deceive yourself into thinking that reading alone is all it takes.
But even the devil believes in God. If in your heart you truly believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your whole being will change and you will become a doer of the Word. You will do good deeds because they are a result of your faith.
They have nothing to do with you getting into Heaven. But a faith without good works is a dead faith. As I said earlier, even the devil and demons believe in Jesus but they are not headed for Heaven. Acts New International Version NIV 20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. We must share the gospel, the anointing and the good works, by becoming fishers of men, saving lost souls.
This is our commission which pleases God. This I believe is the true essence of the Word, "Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only.Do not be a hearer of the word only
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