Few books in the New Testament are better known or more often quoted as the Letter of James. Because James is so concise, so intensely practical, and so filled with memorable metaphors and illustrations, it has become one of the two or three most popular New Testament books in the church.
This highly original commentary seeks to make the Letter of James clear and applicable to Christian living today. Interacting with the latest views on James but keeping academic references to a minimum, Douglas Moo first introduces the Letter of James in its historical context and then provides verse-by-verse comments that explain the message of James both to its first readers and to today's church.
The Letter of James, 2nd ed. is also now available.
“conduct the splendidly dressed person to a fine seat, while contemptuously ordering” (Page 99)
“The difficulties of life are intended by God to refine our faith: heating it in the crucible of suffering so that impurities might be refined away and so that it might become pure and valuable before the Lord. The ‘testing of faith’ here, then, is not intended to determine whether a person has faith or not; it is intended to purify faith that already exists.” (Pages 54–55)
“James reminds his readers that God brings difficulties into believers’ lives for a purpose, and that this purpose can be accomplished only if they respond in the right way to their problems.” (Pages 52–53)
“James is clearly trying to say two things here: true wisdom produces good works and true wisdom produces humility.” (Page 170)
“But while God may test or prove his servants in order to strengthen their faith, he never seeks to induce sin and destroy their faith.” (Page 73)
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