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Book of James

Chapter 1

Commentary by Tom Brown

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings

James. Tradition says this was James, the Lord's brother. He first doubted Jesus, which might explain why he focuses on doubt in this letter.  Later, he was leader of the church (Acts 15:12-21, Gal 1:19).

This book emphasizes action rather than doctrine.

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

pure joy. Impure joy is happiness. Happiness is based on what his "happening" to you. Joy is based on what has happened "in you." Regardless of trials you can have joy.

Trials. adversities, difficulties.

3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

testing. James encourages the readers to see trials as testing that we must pass in order to receive promotion. We do not rejoice because of the trials, but rather, in their possible results.

develops perseverance. Perseverance can only be developed through trials. Faith comes by hearing the Word, but perseverance comes when the Word in you is tested.

4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

finish its work. Trials, in and of themselves, do not work to produce good character; only perseverance can produce godly character. 

not lacking anything. Not only will perseverance produce maturity, but it will also cause the trials to be removed.

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

lacks wisdom. Wisdom is the key to walking in perseverance. You need to know what you need to learn while being tested.

who gives generously to all without finding fault. Four attributes of God's giving nature: 1. gives is present tense participle, which means he is continually giving. 2. generously, gives more than can be received, 3. all, no one can say that God has not given to them, 4. without finding fault. Past mistakes will not stop God from giving.

6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

must believe and not doubt. This is the fine print in God's promises to bless beyond measure. No room for doubt.

he who doubts is like a wave of the sea. Wave is unsteady and is moved by the wind. Wind is a symbol of trials. God's promises should keep you steady when trails comes.

7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;

A doubter should not even be given any hope to receive from God. Strong language meant to rebuke the doubter. James personally knew the detrimental effects of doubt.

8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

double-minded. One side of the mind says, Yes, I trust God and will obey Him; the other side says, No, I cannot trust God and will not obey Him.

unstable in all he does. Doubt is not just in the mind, but it manifest in action.

9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.

humble circumstances. Reference to poor in world's goods, yet, he is not to focus on the little he appears to have in the world; rather, he should focus on his abundance inheritance that he has in Christ.

10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower.

rich should take pride in his low position. While he is rich in material goods, he ought not to allow his station in the world to cause pride, because, in the end, both the rich and poor receives salvation the same way, but humbling themselves and repenting of the great debt of sins they owed God. 

11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.

rich man will fade away. A reference to those wealthy who have not come to Christ.

12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial. Blessings come only to those that are steadfastly holding onto their faith.

crown of life. While blessings in this life come by standing in faith, the ultimate reward is outside of this life.

who love him. Ultimately, the sign that you are persevering is that you maintain a great and growing love for God.

13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;

nor does he tempt anyone. While James does encourage the believer to see his trials as tests, he doesn't want the believers to misunderstand and think that the trials comes from God. God cannot do evil.

14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.

his own evil desire. God is not responsible for people's evil desires.

dragged away and enticed. While people's evil desire is ultimately at fault, James also alludes to another force dragging away and enticing people into sin. Good picture is the original sin: serpent tempted, yet woman was hungry for the forbidden fruit.   

15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

desire has conceived. Just as a baby is conceived in the womb, it is only a matter of time before evil desire gives evidence of sin. Every sin begins first with evil desire.

gives birth to sin. Reference to the obvious action not simply thought.

full-grown, gives birth to death. Sin can be repented before it grows to maturity. If not repented, it leads to death (physical and spiritual).

16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.

Don't be deceived. Perhaps one of the great deceptions is to view bad as being good, and good as being bad.

17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Every good and perfect gift. Some gifts are good, but some are perfect.

coming down from the Father. First time to mention God as Father. He takes good care of us as a father takes care of his children. A message that God is Father to us helps us stay strong during trials.

18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

give us birth through the word of truth. Reference to the new birth. The Word of God imparts the faith for us to believe and become born again.

Firstfruits. Reference to the first feast on Sunday, after Passover. Jesus resurrected on firstfruits.

19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

take note of this. He is trying to underscore the importance of what he is about to say.

quick to listen. Believers are best when they are quick to listen to God.

slow to speak. Words must be thought out carefully before spoken. It might help to sit on your words for a while.

slow to become angry. Don't be quick to act on your anger, but think deeply about why you are angry. Personal hurts is never a good reason to become angry. Hurt when the Word corrects you.

20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

man's anger. Man's anger is always selfish and is about his own personal injury caused by others. Righteous anger is focused only on God's righteousness. Jesus got angry and drove out the money changers; yet He had nothing personal to gain in driving out the money changers.

21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

moral filth. Immorality leads to a filthy, dirty lifestyle.

prevalent. Simply because immorality is popular is no excuse to indulge in it.

humbly accept the word. Pride often keeps us from being teachable concerning hearing and obeying God's Word.

planted in you. Just as evil desire is a seed planted in the womb to bring forth sin, God has an alternative to evil desire--that is His Word.

save you. Not a reference to being born again, since he already said they were given birth, but rather a reference to living out the saved life through good conduct.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Do not merely listen to the word. Believers customarily met to hear the Word preached, as they do today, but hearing it is not the same as doing it. Of course, you cannot do the Word without first hearing it, just as you cannot give birth to a baby without it first being conceived.

deceive yourselves. Very often believers think because they went to church and heard the sermon that they were pleasing God. God wants you to do what is says.

23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror

Mirror. A mirror is to point out to the one looking into the mirror how he should look. Comb his hair, fix a blemish. God's word points out the areas in our lives that we need to fix.

24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

forgets what he looks like. James uses humor to make his point. No one forgets.

25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it — he will be blessed in what he does.


looks intently. Here is the real problem. There are those who casually hear the Word and those that serious listen to the Word. It starts with the attitude.

law that gives freedom. James saw the Scriptures as the Law of Freedom. Perhaps it was a reference to those people who thought that to be free from the Mosaic Law was to be free from the moral laws given in scriptures.

he will be blessed in what he does. It is doing the Word that brings the blessings. 

26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

considers himself religious. Religious means pious. It always had a good connotation in those times. Today, the word has gone out of vogue as always a positive word. Perhaps an alternative word might be "good Christian."

tight rein on his tongue. A picture of a horse that has a tight reign to keep it from going where it wants to go. Later, James will come back to that theme.

religion is worthless. A believer can succeed at every point, but if he speaks wrong, then everything he has done will be ruined.

27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Religion that God our Father accepts. God does not accept every religion or even the religion of Christianity if it fails to live up to the moral standards of God.

look after orphans and widows in their distress. There was no real help that society provided for these two classes. Orphans and widows are not to be blamed for their state. 


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