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by Frederick Brotherton Meyer
Outline of the Epistle of James
The Measure of a Christian
Salutation, James 1:1
1. Tested Character , James 1:2-18
2. Hearing and Doing , James 1:19-27
3. The Hypocrisy of Class Distinctions , James 2:1-13
4. The Evidence of True Faith , James 2:14-26
5. The Unruly Tongue , James 3:1-18
6. The Grace of Humility , James 4:1-17
7. The Curse of Ill-Gotten Wealth , James 5:1-6
8. The Need of Patience and Prayer , James 5:7-20
The author of this Epistle was probably the Lord’s brother, mentioned with Joses, Simon and Judah, and often in the Acts of the Apostles. See Mark 6:3 ; Acts 12:17 ; Acts 15:13 ; Acts 21:18 . He was bishop, or president, of the church at Jerusalem, and this letter was probably written from that city. The emphasis laid on the nearness of our Lord’s advent points to a date near a.d. 70. The Epistle may have been written in Hebrew, and was addressed to the Hebrew section of the Church. It lays great emphasis on the sublime ideal of character which Christianity had raised, and to maintain which demanded the constant diligence of all professing Christians.
e-Sword Note: The following material was presented at the end of James in the printed edition
Review Questions on the Epistle of James
( a ) What is the theme of the Epistle?
( b ) How is it developed?
( c ) What information does the New Testament afford with regard to the author of this Epistle?
( d ) When was the Epistle written?
( e ) To whom was it addressed?
Each question applies to the paragraph of corresponding number in the Comments .
1. How may our need of wisdom be supplied?
2. What is the source of temptation?
3. How does pure religion find expression?
4. What is the royal law?
5. What is the relation between faith and works?
6. Why is there special need of controlling the tongue?
7. What is the character of heavenly wisdom?
8. Why are our prayers often unanswered?
9. To what extent are our lives under providential control?
10. Why are dishonest gains a curse? What is the reward of patience?
11. What is recommended for the joyful? For the sick? What did Elijah accomplish through prayer? What great opportunity for service is open to the Christian?
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