Church Admonitions – James 5

Read the Passage: James 5

Regarding Oppression (5:1–6)

Several times in this epistle James has addressed the topic of wealth and poverty, focusing upon the dangers of material wealth and the need for spiritual poverty (cf. Jas. 1:9–11; 2:5–7). Here in Jas. 5:1–3 James again writes about wealth and poverty. In this passage James confronts the rich, not for their possession of wealth, but for their misuse of wealth. Continue reading Church Admonitions – James 5

The Problem of Pride – James 4

Read the Passage: James 4

Pride and Self (4:1–10)

Of all of the topics that James could have addressed in his letter, the first two practical subjects that he brings to his readers’ attention are the related issues of the tongue (3:1–16) and human pride (4:1–17). James likely addresses these topics, for they are a common problem among all Christians. Continue reading The Problem of Pride – James 4

Spoken Words – James 3

Read the Passage: James 3

Power (3:1–5)

In writing “my brethren” (Jas. 3:1), it is clear James is beginning a new section of his epistle (cf. Jas. 1:2; 2:1, 14; 3:1, 10, 12; 5:12, 19). As he writes about the spoken word, James first addresses those who regularly speak in public—that is, teachers. James writes, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (Jas. 3:1). Continue reading Spoken Words – James 3

Faith and Works – James 2:14–26

Read the Passage: James 2:14-26

Teaching (2:14–17)

James’ use of the phrase “my brethren” (Jas. 2:14) indicates he is beginning a new section of his letter (cf. Jas. 1:2; 2:1, 14; 3:1, 10, 12; 5:12, 19). In this present passage James begins by asking two rhetorical questions, “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can [that] faith save him?” Continue reading Faith and Works – James 2:14–26

The Importance of Faith – James 1:19-2:13

Read the Passage: James 1:19-2:13

Evidence for Faith (1:19–27)

In Jas. 1:19–20 James disclosed three commands that, when implemented, can be evidence of Christian spiritual maturity. James wrote that his readers were to be (1) swift to hear, (2) slow to speak, and (3) slow to wrath. That which believers ought to be especially eager to hear, writes James, is the “Word of truth” (Jas. 1:18). Continue reading The Importance of Faith – James 1:19-2:13

James: Introduction – James 1:1-18

Read the Passage: James 1:1-18

Authorship and Date – There are four men in the Bible named “James,” which is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew name “Jacob.” These are: (1) James the apostle, the son of Zebedee and brother of John (cf. Matt. 4:21; 10:2; 17:1; Mark 1:19); (2) James the apostle, known as James the Less, the son of Alphaeus (cf. Matt. 10:3; Acts 1:13); Continue reading James: Introduction – James 1:1-18