Theme: COMMENTARY ON JAMES CHAPTERS 3 - 5
Text: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” – James 4:17.
Comment: When God created man, He gave him the understanding that he was created by the supreme being. St. Paul therefore explained that the people of the world have no excuse for not giving reverence to God Almighty. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse…” (Romans 1:20-22) But in addition to giving man the faculties to know Him and worship Him, God Almighty still sends His servants to impart to people the truth about His purposes of creation and His Kingdom. In the inspired words of Micah the prophet, God has taught man what is good and, as Apostle John says, His commandments are not grievous. (Micah 6:6-8; 1 John 5:3) So if people have known what to do and fail to do so then they have themselves to blame. – Luke 12:47, 48.
Our Lord, referring to the unbelieving Jews said, “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.” (John 15:22) With knowledge comes sin. We should strive and pray to be able to do righteousness always by God’s grace. Our Saviour stated, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” – John 13:17.