James 2:26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
Who was James?
In today's blog I wanted to begin giving the reader a working outline and introduction to the wonderful book of James. To begin, James was the half brother of Jesus according to the flesh. (Matthew 13:55; Acts 1:14) Although he grew up in the same home as Jesus, James did not become a convert and follower during the course of Jesus' earthly ministry. (John 7:5)
James' Conversion and Ministry
According to what we read in 1 Corinthians 15:7, Jesus made a post-resurrection appearance to James, resulting in James' conversion. The evidence we have that Jesus' appearance resulted in James' conversion is by His presence in the upper room with the disciples following Jesus' ascension. (Acts 1:14) James became one of the main spokemen at the Jerusalem council in Acts 15. Shortly thereafter, the Apostle Paul later identified him (along with Peter and John) as one of the Pillars of the Church. (Galatians 2:9)
It is believed that James' letter was the first book of the New Testament, preceeding Matthew's Gospel by at least five years and Paul's first letter, Galatians, by the same amount of time. James' letter is a wonderful book of the Bible. I have been blessed by the Lord to have both studied and preached through it. I offer the following outline of the first chspter of James to you today, hoping that you will take a second look at the wonderful Book of James.