Theological in nature
Recently, I learned something from the following passage below:
24 Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
25 ôSo you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there
"Faith and love that Justify"
It would seem a good spot to review some basics about what James is getting at in his letter. In the wider context, his main theme is how we persevere in our faith; this gives us growth in character and strength of spiritual walk. If we lack wisdom to understand, we pray and know for certain that God will give us what we need. All of this leads to one end:
4And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete,
"Sarcasm and a Prostitute"
So, we left verse nineteen with a harsh sarcastic rush. As we move on to verse twenty, the sarcasm reachs peak. The 'believer in monotheism' is now addressed as an empty fool. The Greek 'de' makes a sharp contrast and connection with the preceding verse, as in 'But, does an empty fool like you really want to know...'. James is still just a tad angry here.
The word for 'foolish' is 'kene' and really means 'empty'. You have an empty headed
"Faith and Love"
We are now entering the last part of chapter two. It is important to realize that they are all on the same page, they are dealing with the problem of partiality, of favoring the rich over the poor. This is going to excess in the way they speak and overtly treat those who come to the worship service. This probably extends into their everyday life. The differences in socal status are reflected in so much of what the early society among the Gentiles was all
"So Live and So Act..."
Up to this point, James has built an extensive view of what it is all about and how it was to answer some questionable activites whithin the Body of Believers. He started with the true character of Joy and Perseverance. Wisdom was to be given for the asking, and strong growth was the way of faith for the believers. For those who persevered, the blessing was promised twice in chapter one verses twelve and twenty-five. It is the one who: