(27 verses, 3:10 to read)
What I am about to READ
- There is a lot going on in this opening chapter of James – first he teaches on how God is using trials in your life, prayer and doubting, and then he discusses temptation, followed by a discussion of what it means to be a hearer and doer of the Word (and a whole lot more).
- Greeting (1)
- Trials and Testing (2-4)
- Endurance is a Gift from God (5-8)
- The Crown of Life (9-12)
- Source of Temptation (13-16)
- Every Good and Perfect Gift (17-18)
- Hearers and Doers of the Word (19-27)
- James immediately jumps into the issue of trials and the testing of your faith. He says that we can count it all joy when going through various trials because through these the Lord is strengthening our faith and producing steadfastness in us.
- The next section deals with prayer – prayer without faith is not truly prayer. God has commanded us to pray and promises to hear our prayers. The foundation for our prayers is His Word. Thanks be to God that He provides the faith we need to pray rightly.
- God does not tempt us. God tests us to strengthen our faith, while Satan and our own sinful flesh tempt us with the goal of destroying our faith.
- God has made us His children through His own will through His Word. We cannot boast in anything, but Him for He alone has made us Christians.
- Because we are in Christ and because He is working in us by His Spirit we are called to live lives of patience and purity. Hearing God’s Word leads to a striving to live out the Word. This includes caring for those in society who are most vulnerable.
- There’s a lot going on in this chapter and all of it is worthy of meditation. Verse 17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” It is God’s nature to give and give and give and then to give some more. He provides everything we need for our bodies and souls. Everything we have is a gift from the One who does not change and always remains true to His promises.
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-Pastor Andrew Packer