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James 1
James 1:1-27
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James 1:1-12
he maintains that we should not doubt the character of God as one who gives unflinchingly.46 To doubt his character can also imply that a person is unwilling to trust God with their life or that they do not believe that he is who he claims to be.47 Craig L. Blomberg and Mariam J. Kamell, James, vol. 16, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008), 52. 1:2 Joy as a state rather than an emotion. The type of joy that one should have Joy may be defined as a settled contentment in every situation or “an unnatural reaction of deep, steady and unadulterated thankful trust in God.”14 1:2a verb of thought not emotion 1:3 God allows trials in order to "prove" us: the implication here is of testing that leads to approval, a proving of the worth of something In short, “endurance is faith stretched out.”25 1:4 This expression can denote not only perfection but maturity, as frequently in the OT with the Hebrew equivalent tāmîm. Both meanings seem intended here: we can aspire to maturity in this lifetime, but we will ultimately attain perfection in the eschaton. As believers, we must constantly strive for perfection, even while knowing that we will never fully reach it until our resurrection and glorification.28 “perfection is not just a maturing of character, but a rounding out as more and more ‘parts’ of the righteous character are added.”29 1:5 The conceptual link with the previous section, however, appears when we understand that wisdom is often precisely that which enables us to stand in times of trials and which leads us to perfection. “Wisdom” remains crucial throughout James, referring to “the endowment of heart and mind which is needed for the right conduct of life. he promises wisdom, namely, the ability to discern how he would have us live. This is not an unqualified statement that everything we ask for will be given to us, but rather that we will receive the practical knowledge and understanding we need to endure our trials when we ask the God whom we know gives without hesitation 1:6 he maintains that we should not doubt the character of God as one who gives unflinchingly.46 To doubt his character can also imply that a person is unwilling to trust God with their life or that they do not believe that he is who he claims to be.47 Application 1:2-4 The positive potential of trials. Tough times can be viewed positively. while we cannot will ourselves to be jovial rather than depressed, we can choose how we think—hence the verbs about considering and knowing in vv. 2–3. Romans 8:18 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 2 Cor 4:17 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, but that if we let God work through even evil events, he can produce good How do I grasp glory outweighting all of these afflictions? In light of the full range of NT teaching, this “wholeness” is characterized by the absence of self-centeredness and division, the presence of the fruit of the Spirit, the ability to teach others, deeper insight into God’s will and ways, greater trustworthiness—in short, growing in the likeness of Jesus Christ.98 Craig L. Blomberg and Mariam J. Kamell, James, vol. 16, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008), 60. 1:5-8 Praying Faithfully for wisdom Matthew 7:7 “Ask9 and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door10 will be opened for you. 7:8 For everyone who asks11 receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 7:9 Is12 there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?13 7:11 If you then, although you are evil,14 know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts15 to those who ask him! But there may be many other good things we are missing out on because we do not take the time to pray even more 1:9-11 The Great Reversal
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Jtorgeson
Man this was great. I really like the way you went through the chapter in summary. One comment that I thought was absolute gold:

"1:5 - The conceptual link with the previous section, however, appears when we understand that wisdom is often precisely that which enables us to stand in times of trials and which leads us to perfection."

I missed thinking this through when I went through this section.
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