Scripture teaches that “faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (Jas. 2:17). The epistle of James generates much thinking and discussion regarding works and salvation. An elderly missionary said, I did not receive
We live in a culture that is deteriorating partly because of its loss of a moral standard. Since its inception, Christianity has provided a true moral standard by promoting and being committed to the biblical
The entry this week focuses on the trials and afflictions of believers. Often these times turn out to be blessings in disguise. In the very beginning of his epistle, James described his relationship to the
The giving to any one the name and place and privileges of a son who is not a son by birth. “(1.) Natural. Thus Pharaoh’s daughter adopted Moses (Ex. 2:10), and Mordecai Esther (Esther 2:7). “(2.) National. God adopted Israel (Ex. 4:22; Deut. 7:6; Hos. 11:1; Rom. 9:4). “(3.) Spiritual. An act of God’s grace by which he brings men “into the number of his redeemed family, and makes them partakers” of all the blessings he has provided for them. Adoption represents the new relations into which the believer is “introduced by justification, and the privileges connected” “therewith, viz., an interest in God’s peculiar love (John 17:23;” “Rom. 5:5-8), a spiritual nature (2 Pet. 1:4; John 1:13), the” possession of a spirit becoming children of God (1 Pet. 1:14; 2 “John 4; Rom. 8:15-21; Gal. 5:1; Heb. 2:15), present protection,” “consolation, supplies (Luke 12:27-32; John 14:18; 1 Cor.” “3:21-23; 2 Cor. 1:4), fatherly chastisements (Heb. 12:5-11), and” “a future glorious inheritance (Rom. 8:17, 23; James 2:5; Phil.” 3:21).
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