James 2:1-13 - Abel Broughton

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." (ESV) An application of this principle is seen later in the epistle, in James 2:1-13.

First John 2:28-3:3

We hear in John's First Epistle echoes of the passage from his Gospel that we considered in the two sermons previous to this one. The love of God, the second birth, and the theme of knowledge are some of the themes found in both texts. These form the backdrop in today's text for the call to us as Christians to live in Christ and to purify ourselves.  

Psalm 16

John Calvin writes in his preface to his commentary on the Book of Psalms “I have been accustomed to call this book, I think not inappropriately, ‘An Anatomy of all the Parts of the Soul;’ for there is not an emotion of which any one can be conscious that is not here represented as in a mirror.” Throughout this month, we have been considering the Psalms as “An Anatomy of the Soul of Jesus Christ,” for time and again we have been impressed with the extent to which they not only prophesy historical facts concerning Jesus, but also reveal our Lord and Savior’s mind and heart.