If from the world you’re longing to be free

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If from the world you’re longing to be free,
  Amen the Word of God!
If you would live in all reality,
  Amen the Word of God!
  Amen the Word of God!
  Amen the Word of God!
His Word receiving, His Word believing,
  Amen the Word of God!
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If with your sin and self you would be through,
  Amen the Word of God!
If you would let the Lord your mind renew,
  Amen the Word of God!
  Amen the Word of God!
  Amen the Word of God!
His Word is living, life-power giving—
  Amen the Word of God!
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Christ as the land of Canaan is our lot—
  Amen the Word of God!
If you would enter, harden not your heart—
  Amen the Word of God!
  Amen the Word of God!
  Amen the Word of God!
His Word discerns us, all that concerns us—
  Amen the Word of God!
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Jesus is coming, now He’s on His way—
  Amen the Word of God!
Would you be ready if He comes today—
  Amen the Word of God!
  Amen the Word of God!
  Amen the Word of God!
His Word prepares us, to Jesus bears us—
  Amen the Word of God!
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Sam C

Albuquerque, NM, United States

His words are spirit and are life!


Yohanesashenafi

Mankato, MN, United States

Amen! The word of God!

Lord, cause us to Amen the word of God!


Anonymous

nice

In [chapter 1] verse 21 James goes on to say, "Wherefore, putting away all filthiness and abundance of malice, receive in meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls." Here the word of God is likened to a plant of life planted into our being and growing in us to bring forth fruit for the salvation of our souls. We need to receive the word of God in meekness, in all submission, without any resistance.

According to the context of this chapter, the salvation of our souls implies the endurance of environmental trials (vv. 2-12) and the resisting of lustful temptation (vv. 13-21). James' view concerning the salvation of our souls is somewhat negative, definitely not as positive as that of Paul, who says our soul can be transformed by the renewing Spirit even to the image of the Lord from glory to glory (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23; 2 Cor. 3:18).

We should appreciate James for saying that we need to receive in meekness the implanted word, which is able to save our souls. In his writings Paul did not use the expression "implanted word." This expression indicates that the word is of life. Here James likens the word to a living plant that is planted into the soil of our heart. In this way, the word becomes the implanted word. After the word of God has been planted into the soil of our heart, it will grow and have the power to save our soul.

In verse 21 we are told to receive the implanted word with meekness. In this verse meekness does not mean gentleness; here meekness means submissiveness, without resistance. To receive the word with meekness is not to reject it, but to be submissive to the word. We should receive God's word implanted into our being with full submissiveness. Whatever God's word says, we should receive by saying, "Amen." As the hymn says, we should "Amen the Word of God" (Hymns, #1218).

If we receive the implanted word with meekness, with submissiveness, this means we are absolutely open to God's word. We are like land that is opened to receive seed from the farmer and rain from the sky. God plants, or sows, His word into our heart, and we should receive His word with meekness. This is to receive in meekness the implanted word. Because this word is living, after it has been implanted into our heart, it will grow. Moreover, as the word grows, it will save our soul.