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Introduction to the fourth quarter lessons: The Book of James — 4 Comments

  1. Thank you for this history. It seems that James might be a little misunderstood at times. I think it is important to realize that the Faith of Jesus in us produces works rather than the other way around. If it does not produce the righteousness of Christ in our life it is not the Faith of Jesus in us.

  2. The study of the book of James to me is important because it deals with issues that are relevant today. As it has been stated many times before there is a tendency in Christianity to set aside law and works in favor of grace but to me both are important and complement one another.

    It is therefore unfortunate that Martin Luther felt it necessary to discard the book of James. I am reasonably certain that there is only one verse and possibly a few other associated verses in the book that turned Dr. Luther off. “You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only” (James 2:24 NKJV). I think what he saw was a direct contradiction to what Paul preached, “knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified” (Gal 2:16 NKJV).

    To me if we would only understand the issues that James was addressing rather than the specific theological way that James dealt with them we would be far better off. But for those who dig deeply into the word of God there is treasure to be had in understanding what scripture is and how one writer relates to another. In fact in studying James and the other books of the Bible there is a lot that we can learn about ancient Judaism and how all of that relates to us in our understanding of salvation. There is also the issue of our relationship to God and how he deals with us and the prophets He communicates with.

  3. As much as there seems to be contradiction in understanding the book of James,the purpose of this book was to expose unethical practices and teaching right Christian behavior.James wrote to Jewish Christians who had been scattered throughout the Mediterranean world because of persecution. In their hostile surroundings, they were tempted to let intellectual agreement pass for true faith.This letter can have reach meaning for us as we are reminded that genuine faith transforms lives.We are encouraged to put our faith in action. It is easy to say we have faith, but true faith will produce loving actions toward others.James is literally taking about what a Christian has, does, says, feels and gives.Regarding wealth, he taught Christians not to compromise with worldly attitudes about wealth. The glory of wealth fades, Christians should store up God's treasures through sincere service. All of us are accountable for how we use what we have.Here, i don't think he was against wealth, remember we should not be impressed by the wealthy nor look down on those who are poor.


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