James is the book in the Bible known for being hated by Martin Luther, who wanted the book removed. Mostly because of the famous (infamous) passage about how “faith without works is dead.”
For a Reformer who spent his life fighting against the idea of working for salvation, this verse didn’t sit well, although taken in context, it still doesn’t mean that we should try to earn our salvation, but rather that working well is an indication that we HAVE been saved.
The distinction is subtle, but it’s there!
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
I once memorized the book of James with a friend, but sadly forgot it all. I still remember the main themes, but not the details, and can no longer recite the book from memory.
So here’s a beginning attempt to recall the verses. Verse 1 is done, and I have a few ideas for the following verses. We shall see.
Also, because when I was re-reading the first verse, this catchy melody showed up…so that’s it 🙂
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: