One of the most beloved letters in all the New Testament is the book of James. In a letter filled with practical advice, James seeks to guide the reader to a life of holy living and devotion to Jesus Christ.
In his commentary To Love God and to Love Others: A Devotional Commentary on James, William Varner provides devotional commentary on the letter of James. After each key section of James, Dr. Varner offers spiritual insights and devotional commentary on the text of James. Concluding every section is prayer that helps the reader apply the text of James to their daily lives.
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Praise for the Print Edition
James is to the New Testament what Proverbs is to the Old. It is wisdom literature, extolling the virtues of spiritual understanding while imparting the soul and substance of wisdom in memorable, bite-size maxims. But James is much more than just a collection of pithy sayings. Running through the epistle are motifs and patterns that tie it all together in a wonderful way. Dr. Varner’s masterful exposition of this important book will help you discern those themes—and that in turn will give you a new, intensely practical, appreciation for the depth and value of biblical wisdom.
Often devotional commentaries are of little value because they are not based upon faithful interpretation of the biblical text. “To Love God and To Love Others” is not one of those commentaries. Will Varner has done an exceptional job of taking the Epistle of James, faithfully interpreting it, and then carefully applying its truth to daily life. No one, after reading this commentary on James, can walk away the same person. The truth here is profound, not simply because it is scholarly, but because it is practically life-transforming. It should be read by every Christian who desires to change and grow.
John D. Street, Chair of the MABC Graduate Program, The Master's College
James, the earliest NT book, is special and so is William Varner’s Devotional Commentary. He has combined the best of substance with brevity to assist the reader in understanding and applying James’ timeless truths. His prayers at the completion of each section showcase the author’s heart to obey Christ in all things. I heartily recommend this aid to true, personal worship.
The book of James provides a profound example of a pastor’s heart and instruction for his flock. The church in Jerusalem, the first church established by the Spirit, was a church that required a shepherd’s admonition to put on display the love of God. Informed by exegetical scholarship, this devotional application provides today’s church members an understanding of how to practice the heartfelt admonitions of the first New Testament pastor. The combination of exegesis and application make this commentary a work of great benefit to serious disciples.
Mark Tatlock, Executive Vice President and Provost, The Master's College
The book is a rare blessing. Unfortunately, it is uncommon for a commentator to produce an exegetical volume and then synthesize that scholarship it into a practical, devotional tool. But that is what Will Varner has generated from his work on the Book of James. These outlines are goads for insight and worship. To Love God and To Love Others has fed my soul. I am confident it will nourish yours as well.
Rick Holland, Senior Pastor, Mission Road Bible Church Prairie Village
I have been deeply blessed by the writings of Dr. Varner. Knowing the depths at which he can write (see his linguistic commentary of James), I am thankful for the practical and devotional quality of this volume. James is indeed a practical letter that demands we live out the faith we profess and Varner’s devotional commentary guides us skillfully through its pages, offering pastoral insights and even promptings for appropriate prayers.
Jason Alligood, Associate Pastor, New Community Church
- Author's own translation of James
- Devotional commentary on each section of James
- Prayer of application concluding each section of commentary
- Title: To Love God and to Love Others: A Devotional Commentary on James
- Author: William Varner
- Publisher: Lexham Press
- Publication Date: 2011
- Pages: 35
About William Varner
Dr. William Varner is professor of Bible and Greek and director of the Israel Study Program (IBEX) at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, California. He also pastors the Sojourners Fellowship at Grace Community Church. Dr. Varner is the author of The Book of James—A New Perspective: A Linguistic Commentary Applying Discourse Analysis, which is included in the Kress Biblical Studies Upgrade Collection (5 vols.).