The Books of the New Testament
The Book of James
The epistle of James has a clear focus on the
necessity of Christian works, and this is in contrast but not in conflict with
the doctrine of justification by faith set forth by the apostle Paul. The heart
of the book of James takes one back to the time of Abraham, who believed first
before any works, and he was justified before God. This is because God knew his
heart and saw him through his omniscient eyes. Since man cannot see into of
other men's hearts, he can only see the true faith of an individual by his
works. To James Christian works do not make a man saved, but is the true test
that a genuine Christian has already received salvation. Some of the points that
James brings up is hearing the word of God and not doing the word of God, loving
worldly possessions more than giving, not restraining the tongue, not trusting
in God's providence, partiality toward the rich and contempt for the poor, and
other attitudes and actions which would not be in harmony with a "pure and
Greek: lakdbou, Of
Author: James the
half brother of Jesus
Date: 40-50, during
2nd missionary journey
Writing to: Jewish
Christians of the Dispersion
Practical outworking of salvation
Man is saved
by Works, IF it is God's work which is working Through Him. A practical
exhortation to live a Christian life which is proven by regeneration. The Book
of James urges self examination of the evidence of the changed life.
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James. "THE writer of this epistle was not James the son of Zebedee;
for he was put to death by Herod (Acts 12:1,2) before Christianity had gained so
much ground among the Jews of the dispersion as is here implied. But it was the
other James, the son of Alpheus, who was cousin-german to Christ, and one of the
twelve apostles, Matthew 10:3. He is called a pillar (Galatians 2:9), and this
epistle of his cannot be disputed, without loosening a foundation-stone. It is
called a general epistle, because (as some think) not directed to any particular
person or church, but such a one as we call a circular letter. Others think it
is called general, or catholic, to distinguish it from the epistles of Ignatius,
Barnabas, Polycarp, and others who were noted in the primitive times, but not
generally received in the church, and on that account not canonical, as this is.
Eusebius tells us that this epistle was "generally read in the churches with the
other catholic epistles." His. Eccles. page 53. Ed. Val. Anno 1678. James, our
author, was called the just, for his great piety. He was an eminent example of
those graces which he presses upon others. He was so exceedingly revered for his
justice, temperance, and devotion, that Josephus the Jewish historian records it
as one of the causes of the destruction of Jerusalem, "That St. James was
martyred in it." This is mentioned in hopes of procuring the greater regard to
what is penned by so holy and excellent a man. The time when this epistle was
written is uncertain. The design of it is to reprove Christians for their great
degeneracy both in faith and manners, and to prevent the spreading of those
libertine doctrines which threatened the destruction of all practical godliness.
It was also a special intention of the author of this epistle to awaken the
Jewish nation to a sense of the greatness and nearness of those judgments which
were coming upon them; and to support all true Christians in the way of their
duty, under the calamities and persecutions they might meet with. The truths
laid down are very momentous, and necessary to be maintained; and the rules for
practice, as here stated, are such as ought to be observed in our times as well
as in preceding ages." - Matthew Henry (Read
Outline of the Book of James (Scriptures and Topics Covered)
Faith Tested by Trials - Chapter 1
Faith Shown by Works - Chapter 2
Faith Proven by Conduct - Chapters 3-4
With Faith Comes Persecution - Chapter 5
Questions for further study.
Who was James?
Why was James written?
What is the clear focus of the Book of James?
Who was the author of the book of James?
When was the book of James written?
Where was the book of James written?
What language was the book of James written in?
What is the main theme in the book of James?
Where can the main theme of James be found?
What is Christian works?
What damage can the tongue do?
What is regeneration?
Why does persecution follow true conversion?
What is the Book of James best advice?
What Old Testament person is used as an example in James?
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