Summary: This sermon examines the names of the brothers of Jesus.
“Brethren of Christ”
The name of Jesus means, “Jehovah is Salvation. This is the only means of salvation for all of mankind that is through the Shed Blood of The Lord Jesus Christ. Which is the provision of God in this life. It’s provided:
Faithfully (God anticipates that the provision will be used)
Every Christian can understand the importance of the “Brethren of Christ” by examining the truths concerning their names.
Let’s examine the first, James; his name means: Supplant, which means add to or in addition to. Salvation through the shed Blood of Christ is more than we deserve; it’s more than adequate for entry into Heaven. But there is more to the Christian experience than salvation. We should Supplement our salvation with:
1) Wisdom James 1:5
1A) Wisdom Concerning the Truth James 1:12-16
Ephesians 4:11-13 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teacher, For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
1B) Wisdom Concerning my Talents James 1:17-18
1 Peter 4:8-11 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
1C) Wisdom Concerning my Testimony James 1:19-20
1 Corinthians 9:20-22 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. (This is for the Incorruptible Crown)
Wisdom is taking the Knowledge that you possess and using it effectively.
2A) Works that are Reflective v. James 2:21-24
Abraham’s works reflected the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Gen. 22
Baptism is one of the works that a Christian can perform that is Reflective (it’s reflective of the Death, Burial and Resurrection of The Lord Jesus Christ).
2B) Works that are Risky v. James 2:25-26
Rahab’s work of hiding the spies was risky.
2C) Works that are Relevant
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.