The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: (Jeremiah 31:3, NKJV).
Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you
In our study of James, we have looked at a number of issues connected with the gospel and made some comparisons with other biblical authors. It is not always easy to understand clearly how what James says fits with other parts of Scripture, especially when it comes to something as central as the gospel itself, but as we saw, it does. And this is very important, too, because the gospel is the foundation of our last-day commission to preach
the everlasting gospel . . . to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people (Rev.14:6).
In this, our final week, we will focus on basic questions regarding
the everlasting gospel, which is salvation by faith, a belief taught all through the Bible, including James.
The crucial point to remember is that the Bible does not contradict itself, especially on something as basic as salvation. By finishing the quarter with a look at how the gospel appears in the Bible, we can better see how James fits this larger picture of God’s plan of redemption.
*Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, December 27.