06.07.07 (original entry)
Galatians taught us that man cannot justify himself, but that his justification is in Christ crucified. However, this does not mean that our "works" are unimportant. In fact, the Book of James teaches that our works provide the evidence of our faith and the evidence of God's grace upon us. Therefore, our study here should be a worthy companion to our study in Galatians. The Book of James is written by James, the brother of Jesus. James was an apostle and an important early voice for the Gospel, though originally he was unable to believe that his brother was the Son of God. The letter was written to Jewish Christians, likely after the churches were scattered due to persecution. The theme presented in this Book is vital. That is, a child of God is known by a faith that results in good works. This involves claiming Christ as BOTH Savior AND Lord. A mere proclamation, without a resulting progression, is a slippery slope indeed.