The book of James is believed to be the earliest epistle written at about 46 a.d. and probably written from Jerusalem. It is also believed that James was a brother of Jesus.
James is writing to “the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad.” The Nation of Israel is made up of the 12 tribes of Israel, both those who have been taken into captivity by the Assyrians and disbursed throughout the world and those in Israel at the time of Jesus. He is writing to all of Israel, and that will help in our understanding of the use of obeying the law or works referred to in this epistle.
He is very to the point in his speech and drives home the point “that faith without works is dead.” He also demonstrates that faith endures trials and develops endurance.
It is a very practical book for these days, and I encourage you to read and understand early foundational Christianity.
God bless you as James opens up to you.
an ancient manuscript
James Chapter 1
James, a bondservant of Theos, the Triune God, and of Kyrios Iesous Christos, the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad. Greetings.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of Theos, the Triune God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from Kyrios, the Lord, He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass, its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So, the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.
Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which Kyrios, the Lord, has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted,
"I am tempted by Theos, the Triune God,”
for Theos, the Triune God, cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from Patayr, the Father, of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of Theos, the Triune God.
Therefore, lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror, for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before Theos, the Triune God, and Patayr, the Father, is this, to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.