Salvation in the Old Testament

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Mark Gilkey
Box 180
Professor Riddick
Hermeneutics
Summery on James ch.3 verses 6-12
October 14, 2012

“Think about what you say before you say it”
Have you ever said something you regret? Or maybe you’re like me and said something and wished you had never said it. If I ring a bell can I stop the sound that it makes? The answer is no. Once a bell is rung the sound it makes goes out unto all who’s ears can hear it. Just like our words once they are spoken you can never take them back. The tongue is a fire and cannot be contained, will us as Christians ever learn to tame our tongue, we bless God our Father and curse our brothers and sisters with the same tongue, how can clean water come from a contaminated spring?

James quotes in chapter 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire by hell. Our tongue so small compared to other parts of our body but it sets the course of our lives. Here the author James uses the word fire three times however there are two separate meanings for the word fire. The first meaning from the Greek language is literal and is that of compared to lighting! Think about that, our words are like bolts of lighting shooting out from our mouths setting on fire the course of our lives. This next meaning of fire in Greek is to cause a blaze, to ignite with passion, to set on fire. We can use our tongue to make the evil things of this world more appealing. By our tongue we can justify our evil ways and talk our way out of many different situations or just the opposite talk others into these evil situations. Or we can even speak evil lies and slander of others and in doing this we are spreading a devastating uncontrollable inferno that once started cannot be taken back. One the other hand can use our words to set other believers on fire for Jesus through our passion for the Gospel speaking life not...
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