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The Book of James Introduction: Psalm 140 (141) & 141 (142) Study …

ALL ROADS LEAD TO CHRIST
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST!!!

INTRODUCTION THE BOOK OF JAMES


AUTHOR: The author identifies himself as “JAMES”, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (James 1:1) … The early church tradition ascribes this letter to James, the “brother” of kinsman of our Lord and first bishop of Jerusalem, known as James the Just …


DATE: AD 55-60: James the Just was martyred about 62 AD … Some consider his letter the first New Testament book … Written after the martyrdom of Stephen and the dispersion of Christians from Jerusalem – (Acts 8:1) …


MAJOR THEME: The harmony of faith and works … The letter has many direct parallels with the Sermon on the Mount … James does not teach we are saved by works, but he does teach that dead faith, one without the works, does not save … This is an early polemic against invisible religion, wherein salvation by faith has no visible works, and against antinomianism, the teaching that moral behavior is irrelevant to salvation … James is clear: THE HUMAN WILL NOT BYPASSED IN SALVATION; GRACE DOES NOT NULLIFY PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY …


BACKGROUND: Unlike most NT LETTERS, James does not address a particular Church, or even a geographical region, but the Twelve tribes which were scattered abroad” (James 1:1) … Though James was a Jewish Christian and assumes the recipients are familiar with the OT, the letter is written in elegant Greek … There is no indication that it addresses only Jewish Christians … The people James addresses are experiencing all kinds of trials and tribulations, and afflictions: PERSECUTION, DECEPTION, ECONOMIC INJUSTICE AND POVERTY, APOSTASY AND PERSONAL FRAGMENTATIONS in the Church … James uses his authority as bishop to rekindle the true living faith and encourage repentance, patience, and lastly self-control …



PSALM 140 (141) & PSALM 141 (142) STUDY


TO LISTEN TO SUMMARY OF THE PSALMS PLEASE TUNE INTO MY VIDEO CONTENT POSTED WITH THE DAILY WRITE UP, JEHOVAH SHALOM …




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