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08/24/2017

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Saving A Soul


"My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this; Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover a multitude of sins" (Jas.5:19-20).

Though evangelism is fundamental, there is more to building up the church than teaching the lost about sin and the redemptive work of Jesus Christ... James ends his epistle on this note; One of the tasks of a Christian is that of watching for and encouraging one another in the faith. James begins his letter by telling us to consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance... I find it very interesting to note that he ends it by referring to those who fail the test... He does this by writing about those who wander from the truth.... With this powerful ending to his letter, I think that James is saying that saving a wanderer is as noble a thing as helping to win a soul to Christ who has never known Him before.... When a brother or sister wanders from the truth, other believers are to be concerned! In whatever way possible, they encourage and persuade in order to lead the wandering one back to the Lord. It is indicated that God reserves a special blessing for the one who turns a sinner back from his or her wandering path. When James writes, "My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth," he strongly implies that truth is both available and knowable. For a believer to wander from the truth is to wander from Christ, and conversely, to be in Christ is to be in the truth... To follow the teachings of God's Word is to be in the truth, and one wanders from it when he or she fails to practice the faith they claim... When wandering from the truth, one fails to function properly within the community of believers because they have compromised the gospel message. Finally, because a disciple may wander from the truth, James felt the need to turn him back to the Lordship of Jesus. Like Jesus, James felt no hesitancy in speaking of truth.... In Jn.8:32, Jesus said "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free..."

Have a wonderful day.... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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