|James 1:1,2:19 |
1 [James was an Apostle, a natural brother of Jesus, and a pillar of the church in Jerusalem along with John and Peter. After Peter resigned as the head of the Apostles' Council to preach the gospel, James became the council's head: the head of the church in Jerusalem. This letter is James' plea against the false doctrines that were already beginning to take hold of Christendom in the Apostles' time. It is interesting to note that the founders of Protestantism, particularly Luther, had great disdain for this letter along with Revelation, Hebrews, Jude, and Esther because they did not support the theory of grace being instant salvation. Luther called this letter "an epistle of straw." (Luther also wrote of extreme hatred for the Jews, justifying the Nazi's later holocaust). In their arrogance, Luther and the founders of Protestantism never supposed that their theory of instant salvation and sainthood was flawed; nor that James, the natural brother of Jesus, and head of the miraculous, powerful early church in Jerusalem, might have more spiritual discernment than themselves. Like many unregenerated founders of sects in Christendom, Luther built a doctrine of salvation on subsets of the scriptures, ignoring or discounting scriptures that did not support his opinions. In effect, Luther created a new God and Christ from his selected subset of scriptures. In contrast, the early Quakers found all the scriptures to be wholly compatible with their understandings and beliefs.
All scriptures are compatible; if you have to disregard one scripture to maintain your understanding, then you don’t understand the other scriptures you think you do.
To everyone, from the Word of the Lord within: "Dear, a ratify of James will do wonders. Ratify James." The Lord is telling us that this letter is key to understanding the requirements of becoming a true Christian.]
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes that are scattered abroad, greetings.
19 You say you believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble.4 [realize, James was writing to Jewish believers of the Father, the Word (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit being one spirit, and without conflict to — Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one! Deu 6:4. So James is in effect saying, "you say you believe in Jesus, you do well, the demons do too, but they tremble at his name in fear — do you?" And the demons do believe, fear, tremble, and beg "the Son of the Most High God," as recorded in the Bible.]