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General Epistles
Mischelle E. Tankersley
Grand Canyon University
BIB 105
March 27, 2011

General Epistles
James
True Religion:
Apparently, the first-century Jewish Christians were having a difficult time in knowing what true religion was. Hence the need for James to pen the following verse; “Pure, unspoilt religion, in the eyes of God our Father, is this: coming to the help of orphans and widows in their hardships, and keeping oneself uncontaminated by the world” (James 1:27, NJB, 1990). “Religion is normally understood in terms of cultic obligations, but James has a burning ethical, prophetic interpretation of pure religion” (Painter, J., 2006). True Faith:

“Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” (James 2:5, NIV) In showing favoritism people judge those who they deem as less valuable by their standards. True Wisdom:

In James 3:13-18, James contrasts the wisdom of the world with Godly wisdom. He states that, worldly wisdom, i.e. bitterness, envy and selfish ambition, comes from the enemy. Where on the other hand, Godly wisdom is this, is first “…pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:13-18). 1 and 2 Peter

Christian Behavior in Suffering:
“Beloved, I implore you as aliens and strangers and exiles [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges (the evil desires, the passions of the flesh, your lower nature) that wage war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11, 1987, Amp). By using Christ as the example, Peter, taught the Jewish Christian how to live their lives in the middle of suffering. Danger to Growing Christians:

Peter warns the believers of false teachers who would come into their presence and speak lies and devastating heresies. He goes on to say, “They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of...
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