As we continue to explore the Epistle of James, the very first chapter of James talks about trials that are evident in the body of believers (re James a Covenant People). The truths that we will be walking through, and studying in this Epistle will open up to us to a creative experience with God’s Word working in and through our lives, recognizing that it is just not an intellectual knowledge, but an essential heart knowledge that is so badly needed in the lives of Christians today. James 1:3 Knowing G1097 this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. The word knowing has the meaning of knowing through experience, to understand, being aware, through feelings, to have a knowledge of, to perceive. This same word that is used, in Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew H3045 Eve his wife, and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. This word knew is important to understand, because it reveals just how we experience God in our lives through an intimate experience. Adam representing wisdom and Eve representing understanding and when they come together it creates experiential knowledge, sharing in the very act of creation.
Find Joy in our trials
Keep in mind that we are sharing in the act of creation, one experience that God uses in our lives is our trials, and If we would be honest with ourselves, none of us enjoys the experience of trials, and counting it all joy just seem impossible, if not a little crazy. However, when thinking about it, there are ways that we can understand what James means when he says we should have joy in our trials. One way to understand this, for instance, you have a goal, and it is something you want, your willing to do anything for it or to achieve it, you will defer pleasures and be uncomfortable, you will even endure trials to achieve whatever it maybe. It is in this place that you will feel an incredible sense of joy, knowing the result or knowing the reward. It in this state that we realize the fruit of our trials brings forth this “Patience” James 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. In other words, our trials will bring patience and this patience that James is talking about brings us to perfection.
What is Perfection ?
Now we realize that the Lord is looking for perfection in our lives, it is important to ask ourselves what the biblical idea of perfection is! I can tell you what it’s NOT, it is NOT an adjective meaning without any flaws. The Greek word that James is referring to G5046 teleios meaning; fully grown, adult, of full age, mature wanting nothing necessary to completeness. We read in Genesis 6:9 these are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. When we look up the same word perfect that God is referring to regarding Noah, it is the Hebrew word tamiym H8549 meaning sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity. Thus giving each of us hope, knowing that the reward of our trials is Patience and this patience is working as a catalyst bring each of us to a place of maturity with a sound mind. Also, David proclaims Psalm 119:71 it is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Even David recognized that trails were beneficial to his walk with the Lord!
If you are worried about your sins, as you should be as well as your flaws and imperfections, there is and always has been a remedy. Jesus’ going to the cross He paid the ultimate price for us because we broke our marriage covenant, that was made with Abraham. I encourage you to read the articles (The Levitical Priesthood) + (The Book of the Covenant) to get a better understand of the Covenant.