God’s Word a Purifier Unto Holy Living.

 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the lord. 2 Cor. 3:18.

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

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 observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:21-25 NKJV.

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Implanted, emphutos, Strong’s ##1721:”rooted word.” A word whose property it is to root itself like a seed in the heart. The word is sown, not grafted; God has caused the word of God to take root in the heart. Col. 2:7, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Purity of life is not a quest for perfection as much as it is for quest for liberation from those things that may inhibit effectiveness and reduce power-filled living. Our text shows the Word of God as a means of reflection-a mirror into which we are to look and see ourselves. It serves not only to warn us but to accept the Bible’s corrective instruction. 2 Cor. 3:18 also likens God’s Word to a mirror, but describes the image seen as no less than Christ’s likeness (Rom. 8:29).

From the two texts:

  • The Bible shows Christ’s likeness so that
  • We may measure our conduct and character against His and allow God to shape us into Christ’s likeness (Rom.8:28).

 Other promises for cleansing through God’s Word: Jer. 29:9 speaks of the “fire” in the Word, which can purge as well as ignite; and Ps. 119:9 holds special promise to the one who wants a pure life of holy power. God’s Word is a powerful, cleansing, delivering agent.

On Monday: Loving God’s Word.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Aug 24, 2013 @ 17:21:28

    Another excellent Greek word study, Manny.

    I particularly like the reference to Romans 8:28. At one time in my life I was in such pain that I didn’t want to hear my wife quote this verse.

    Thankfully God has brought me out of that dark time and I realize that Romans 8:28 is so true.

    Thanks for sharing more nuggets from God’s Word.

    May you and yours have a blessed weekend…

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  2. Mannyr
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 01:48:06

    Thanks for sharing. I like the highlighted text,” the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” I believe our souls are not saved at rebirth, but from the moment we are B.A. the process of Sanctification begins and ends when we graduate to heaven. Each day the Holy Spirit in us bears witness with the written Word of God and a transformation takes place. This is how it gets saved. Ps.19:7; James 1:21 I feel this is where so many miss the boat. They do not stay under the water of the Holy Spirit, but either never get under it or leave prematurely.

    They take up the language of Christinnese, but lack the all important washing with the word. Which is able to save your soul. The Word is implanted as a seed (everything in the kingdom is in seed form) the water grows it. Ok, lets have dialog.

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    • Chris
      Aug 25, 2013 @ 02:53:24

      Hi Manny.

      I think everything you have written is very clear and correct with one exception.

      I particularly like this statement: “…from the moment we are B.A. the process of Sanctification begins and ends when we graduate to heaven.”

      It’s the phrase that comes right before that that I don’t understand. It says: “I believe our souls are not saved at rebirth…”

      Will you be so kind as to explain what you mean by that?

      God’s blessings my friend…

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    • Delight in Truth
      Aug 25, 2013 @ 05:48:07

      Sanctification ends in glorification when we die or when the Lord returns, whichever comes first. It may just be a matter of semantics but it would be correct to say we are saved as the Word says “by grace you have been saved.” But we have not yet been glorified until our final day or when Christ returns. I have a feeling that is what Manny was trying to convey.

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  3. Chris
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 15:01:10

    Thanks, Delight.

    That may be what Manny was trying to express. If this is the case, I agree completely.

    God’s blessings…

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    • Mannyr
      Aug 27, 2013 @ 18:26:14

      Chris, sorry I have not been able to reply sooner. I have been busier than a one-armed-block layer.:-) I will try after this series to put up a post on my Hot-button question, “What gets saved.” In essence what Delight commented says it in general.

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  4. Chris
    Aug 28, 2013 @ 00:45:46

    Now that’s busy!

    Here is a link to my blog that, I think,, puts it simply. If you haven’t seen it, take a peek and let me know what you think.

    http://chrisreimersblog.com/2013/07/10/the-true-gospel/

    God’s blessings…

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