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Book Overview - James

by Charles Box



The general epistle of James of is a collection of separate teachings that center on the theme of "Perfection." It is called a general epistle because it is not directed to any particular person or church. James 1:4 states the topic of perfection in these words, "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." (James 1:4) Those who reach this state of spiritual perfection are those who develop a "Scriptural point of view."

It is unlikely that James the son of Zebedee was the author of this letter. He was put to death by Herod before Christianity had gained as much ground among the Jews as is seen in this book. (Acts 12:1-25) The book was possibly written by James, the half brother of our Lord. (Matthew 13:55) He was a just man, remembered for his great piety. James worked toward the goal of preservation of practical godliness.

Christians are taught how to develop the Scriptural view, thus learning how to conduct themselves when under the teachings of the cross. James said that those who stay faithful under their trials and afflictions are truly blessed. (James 1:1-12) James focused our attention on God, showing that He is the giver of all that is good, and of only what is good. (James 1:13-18) James showed the importance of studying the word of God and putting into practice what we have learned. (James 1:19-25) He concluded this chapter by showing that our words and actions are what constitute "Pure Religion." (James 1:26-27)26-27)26-27)

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