October 16, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for James 1-3
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Commentary: The author, James is the brother of Jesus, however he does not identify himself as such, acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord. James was writing to “the twelve tribes” which were likely scattered with many outside of Palestine. James quickly moves from topic to topic, requiring careful study. James, like Paul, refers to trials as joyful. We do not have to be joyful during trials or seek out trials, but rejoice in knowing that we are gaining a deeper understanding and furthering our relationship with the Lord. Our actions are to reflect our growing knowledge of the teachings of God’s Word.
Focus Verses: 2:14-26 James is not advocating for salvation through works, but salvation through faith. How do these examples show that? How does your life show your salvation?