The Gospel According to James

LPUC eNews – Sunday 19 September 2021

There is no in person worship this Sunday due to the current COVID restrictions, however you can still watch the service online.

James 3:13 – 4:10, The Gospel According to James 

To study the book of James helps us to reflect upon our faith and action, whether they are balanced or not; whether the word of God is written in our hearts or not; whether the faith is lived out or not. In fact, James suggests a test of our spiritual condition and sets before his people a basic question – whether the aim in life is to submit to the will of God or to satisfy own desires for the pleasures of this world. Furthermore, James warns that, if self-desire is the plan and rule of life, conflict, hatred and division can possibly follow.  

James says, we have to choose whether to make our main object our own desires or the will of God. If we choose our own desires, we have thereby separated ourselves from other people and from God. However, if we humble ourselves in genuine repentance, God promises to forgive us and exalt us with Christ. This is the gospel according to James. James states the gospel his own way, a way deeply influenced by the teachings of Jesus.   

James says there is a contrast, a choice between two ways of life: a way of selfish ambition and a way of purity and peace (3:13-18). We can be a friend of God or a friend of the world (4:4). We can be proud or humble and repentant. Jesus says, “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11; 18:14). James says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you” (vs. 10).  Would you be humble so you may be lifted up and led to complete the work of salvation? IL-WOONG.

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