Summary: To challenge us in this world, one of our priestly function is to lead a soul to the LORD.
Are you always ready to convert a sinner?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To challenge us in this world, one of our priestly function is to lead a soul to the LORD.
James 5:20 (Amplified Bible)
5:20 Let the [latter] one be sure that whoever turns a sinner from his evil course will save [that one’s] soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins [procure the pardon of the many sins committed by the convert].
James 5:20 (King James Version)
5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You have given me the opportunity as an instrument to lead a sinner to You, so that it will cover and hide multitude of sins.
Convert the sinner
A. Author: uncertain. 3 prominent persons named James in the New Testament. Most probably, James who was called "the LORD's brother" wrote this epistle.
Galatians 1:19 (Amplified Bible)
1:19 But I did not see any of the other apostles (the special messengers of Christ) except James the brother of our Lord.
B. Date written: Before A.D. 49
C. Purpose: To challenge believers to possess an active faith which will produce real changes in a person's conduct and character.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
D. To whom written: Jewish converts who lived outside the Holy Land; possibly also to the devout Jews of the dispersion,—James 1:1.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
E. Main Theme: practical religion manifesting itself in good works, contrasted with mere profession of faith
F. Key words: faith and works
James 2:17 (Amplified Bible)
2:17 So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).
G. Key verses:
James 1:27 (Amplified Bible)
1:27 External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world.
James 2:26 (Amplified Bible)
2:26 For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from [its] works of obedience is also dead.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
Convert, turns a sinner or "epistrepho" in Greek meaning:
1. to revert
2. to convert
3. to return
Sinner or "hamartolos" in Greek meaning:
Error or "plane" in Greek meaning:
1. objectively fraudulence
2. subjectively a straying from orthodoxy or piety
3. deceit, to deceive, delusion, error
Way or "hodos" in Greek meaning:
1. a road
2. a progress
3. a mode or means - a journey, highway
It's a blessing for everyone and anyone can do it, as long as he/she is in the LORD, and sincere in doing what the LORD commanded, he/she can convert any sinner from the error of his/her way. This whoever needs to be in the LORD and also a doer of the WORD, he/she can't give or teach what he/she doesn't have.