The Message of James
As a good communicator, The Apostle James addressed his readers directly and pointedly with vivid images from ordinary life and attention-gripping statements. Alec Motyer’s rich exposition brings James’s letter to life for today’s reader. Motyer is himself gripped by James’s energy and concern for practical Christianity.
The letter shows how a genuine faith is a tested faith, how encounter with difficulties is an essential part of the growth to Christian maturity this book powerfully brings out James’s memorable themes–the link between enduring trials and maturity; the question of perfection; the good gifts of God; faith, works and Christian concern in a world of human need; the implications of careless and evil words; the meaning of war; the church and healing; confession of sin; and the need for active purity in life.
Another volume in The Bible Speaks Today Commentary series. New Testament Series Editor is John R. W. Stott
- Setting the scene (1:1)
- The life-giving trail (1:2-4)
- The way of wisdom (1:5-11)
- A battle of wills (1:12-19a)
- The life-giving Word (1:19b-25)
- Transition: the Father’s children (1:26-27)
- Denying our faith (2:1-7)
- Obedient faith (2:8-13)
- The proving of faith (2:14-26)
- The master-key (3:1-12)
- The two wisdoms (3:13-18)
- The beginning of wisdom (4:1-10)
- Areas of high risk (4:11-5:6)
- Enduring the end (5:7-12)
- The last word: prayer and care (5:13-20)
About the Author
J. Alec Motyer (1924–2016) was a renowned Old Testament pastor and scholar. With extensive experience in parish ministry, he was principal of Trinity College in Bristol, England, and was well known as a Bible expositor. His books include The Prophecy of Isaiah, and he was the Old Testament editor of The Bible Speaks Today commentary series.