The Epistle of James
Written Between A.D. 44 - 49
Facing persecution and imprisonment from Roman authorities, and severe opposition from Jewish leaders and former associates, the early Jewish Christians lost family and friends, position in society, their jobs, and their homes. Combined with a severe famine in the land, many early Christians fled Jerusalem (cf. Acts 8:11-12). James, the leader of the church in Jerusalem, wrote this letter to encourage those who had fled to persevere and live wisely by being doers of the word and thereby mature in faith.
Chapter 1 Persevere
James encourages those scattered to persevere in these trials, knowing that if they do they will mature and ultimately be rewarded by God. They should not be tempted to blame God for being tempted to sin and give up, because God is the giver of good things, especially of His word.
Chapter 2 Practice
They should not only hear His word but put it into practice in their lives by not showing favoritism to the rich, but to love all. As was the case with their ancestor Abraham, their faith is also useless without works.
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