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Novice to Expert..

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In my profession, the margin for error is very slim. But it does not stop at the fact of making an overt error can influence another human beings health outcome. There is also the added factor of anticipatory care, which is being able to quickly diagnose a problem a patient might be having based on their symptoms. While most prudent nurses are able to this, it is the term “quickly” that is the issue with being a new nurse. No matter how many books you read, how many tests you take, what school you attended, it is rare that any disease process in decline presents itself in a text book manner. And I have found personally that experience is the best tutor in this aspect, it is experience in the field that gives a nurse those instincts to pick up things before they escalate to a crucial point. This is the present paradigm, while I understand this fact, I also understand I am fairly new to my profession. So I have to go through these experiences, and I thank God for them because they help me become a better nurse to help other patients. The hard part though I must say is looking back after the lesson learned, at what mistakes I made, and why I should have noticed this earlier, or did that earlier, knowing that a human being was the object of my lesson.

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Faith Alone Vs. Faith+Works..

Are We Saved by Faith Alone or (Faith + Works) According to James?

Context Verses: James 1: 2-4 James 1: 22-27

Hermeneutics

This term denotes the systematic study of the translation of written language and its interpretation. In order to truly understand the intentions of the author it is important for one to go back to the original language. Whenever scripture doesn’t coincide in or SEEMS to contradict is most likely an error of translation or a misunderstanding of context.

Key terms in James 2:14

What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?

  • Use- ὄφελος [ophelos]: Advantage, help
  • Faith- πίστιν [pistis]: faith, belief, trust
  • Works- ἔργα [erga]: action, deed, labor
  • Save- σῶσαι [sōsai]: to save, heal, preserve ,rescue lFaith- πίστιν [pistis]: faith, belief, trust

Faith- πίστιν [pistis]: faith, belief, trust

Three ways faith can be used in scripture..

  1. Justifying faith as in the one that gives eternal life (context of the epistle rules this out, it is clear these are believers already James 1:2)
  2. Faith rest drill is the active application of the doctrine of scripture to a present situation (doing the word)
  3. Passive use of faith as  in what is believed or doctrine. The totality of knowledge of scripture.

The type of faith James speaks of is that which has to do with a doctrinal belief. A belief in a standard of living which then should guide our way of life, and is no advantage to us if we don’t apply it. What is the point of reading the bible if we are not going to do what it says. Our understanding of the bible becomes meaningless.

Save- σῶσαι [sōsai]: to save, heal, preserve ,rescue

3 meanings of “save”

  1. Phase 1 salvation (saved from eternal penalty of sin)
  2. Phase 2 sanctification (saved from the power of sin) though the sin nature is still active we are given the option by the holy spirit to live in a way that matures us as believers
  3. Phase 3 glorification (saved from the present of sin) absent from the body, face to face with God, will not be resurrected until the rapture

Save- σῶσαι

3 phases

Mark 3:4; Luke 9:56

James 2:21-24

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?

Justified- δικαιόω: To declare righteous, to validate, to justify, to vindicate

There are 2 types of justification the one that saves (God) and the one that validates faith (Man) before man, and also sanctifies. Romans 4:1-3/ Genesis 15:1-6

If Abraham was justified by works, that was good before men, but not before God. God’s justification is based on faith alone in Christ alone.

Abraham’s Work

Abraham receives the word in his 70’s or 80’s, Isaac isn’t born until Abraham is 100 and the almost sacrifice didn’t happen until Isaac was in his 20’s. Almost 40 years had passed since God’s promise to Abraham before the actual work in Genesis 22:1 referenced in the book of James occurs. So this work cannot be what saved Abraham in regards to eternal salvation because in Genesis 15:6 it states he already was a believer.

Keep in mind what the purpose of James is, how to persevere through times of testing! God gave Abraham a test in order to see whether he would apply what he knew about God and his character. So this epistle is does not contradict the scriptures as some would say but it shows that our works show the amount of faith (doctrine) we have acquired. Someone who states they have a doctrinal belief (faith) that is not applied (works) in their life, that persons belief (faith) is useless to them because they are not utilizing it. James has nothing to do with eternal security.

Conclusion

 

We are Justified by faith alone [Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Rom 11:6] in Christ alone and the instance one believes in the person and work of Christ they are imputed the perfect righteousness of God. This is phase 1 saved. The justification James is speaking of is the sanctification, which is to be validated by our actions in times of testing and adversity , we are to be able to use our belief and understanding (faith) of our doctrine as a means to make the right decisions. This is what saves us from the consequences of sin and carnality.

As we grow in our life as believers we will be tested repeatedly by God, through this test we are given the opportunities to move up a level in our maturity. We can either apply the word and pass[2 Peter 1:5-8], or choose with our flesh and fail and suffer [James 1:12-15]. Let us persevere, put off the old self, grow as  believers, apply your faith(doctrine) and push towards maturity. We have been set aside by God to receive the reward that no money can buy, let us live in a way that shows we are grateful, it is the least we can do.

Biblical Love..

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Impersonal Love (Biblical Love)

—Impersonal love is a love based on the characteristics of the one giving the love and not that of the one receiving the love.

In the statement “I love you” The subject “I” would be emphasized in this love relationship.

Impersonal love has no basis on merits of the receiver and ultimately is not influenced by the actions of the receiver.

—This is the foundation of all love, and is what is taught in scripture. Thus the term “impersonal” denotes a love based on no personal circumstances of the object being loved.

(John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

—(John 13:34-35 )A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

—(1 John 4:7) Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.

 

Personal Love

—Personal love is a love that emphasizes the object being loved, In the statement, “I LOVE YOU” it would emphasize the “YOU”

—This means the love for the object is based on some intimacy, relationship or act on part of the person being loved

This type of love is thus conditional, and does not present to us the type of love we as believers are to share for others

Personal love is a love that goes beyond just character, but is based on also close ties and relation ship. Which is circumstantial.

—When properly applied this type of love is built upon the foundation of impersonal love, and this strengthens the love that one can share from another.

—In the scripture when God is the subject and believers are the object the term (phileo) which denotes a personal friendship is used to describe the love relationship.

 

 Conclusion

 —The most powerful fruit of the spirit of God is love, because on the act of love is where God established his kingdom. For him to come down to Earth as a man to die for the evilness and sins of man is the ultimate portrayal of impersonal Love.

As true ambassadors of Christ we must show through our lives and actions the truth of a Godly biblical love, not love like the world calls it but the love which God has put into our hearts.

Our love shouldn’t be emotionally charged, but be a biblical impersonal love as the foundation. Through God’s word we are reminded that his actions for mankind were done because he loved us, not in our perfect state, but in our sinful, arrogant, rebellious state, and at the perfect time revealed himself to us, allowing us to have eternal life.

We must press on to attaining all the spiritual gifts but most of all we MUST attain LOVE.