Hedonistic pleasures are like a hostile army encamped

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Hedonistic pleasures are like a hostile army encamped in our body (4:1). etc. 3
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3. Illustrations Most of James' illustrations are taken from the normal experiences of every-day life. He often refers, to illustrate a point, to wind, flowers, sun, vapor, farming. There is more poetic imagery in James' short epistle than in all of Paul's epistles combined. (Maybe he learned it from his mother, cf. Lk.1). 4. Rhetorical Questions James often asks questions which answer themselves. Few things are as effective in argument as forcing someone to answer an obvious question. James does this repeatedly (e.g., 2:4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 16, 20, 21 etc.) 5. Excellent Greek Greek scholars agree that the Greek written in the original of James is the best in the entire NT, except for the book of Hebrews. He seems to have been a well- educated man. 6. Plain & Direct The net effect of all this is that his letter comes across as plainly, vividly, and directly as any possibly could. With his fervency, poetical imagery, illustrations, questions, and superior use of language in general, there is never a reason for misunderstanding him. With James, the issues are never abstract but real and familiar and very personal. (Zaspel:1989). 4
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1.2.4. The significance of James In the book of James there are different things that contribute to the significance of the book. According to Wall (2000:n.p.) , the special significance of this book is that it “supplies a distinctive and complementary witness to God”. Another is the way in which the author uses his scripture to give the audience a clue on how to read his writings. Special significances are also the dialogue which is used with the introduction of a real objector as in 2:18. Yet another, significance is the method that the author uses to address, striking similarity with the Jewish homilies. Also the variability of the subject matter, the way the epistle deals in a short space with such a large number of isolated subjects, Wessel (2002:961) . 1.3. The Theological Theme of James 1.3.1. A response to the statement by (Orr 1915) underlining the background of James’ theology 1.3.2. Comparison on teaching of Paul and James Paul and James never contradicted each other because of the fact that they had different views, Paul wrote on lost sinners could be sanctified and James wrote on saved people who show that they have real faith. Both writers mentions the word works, James teaches that works are essential, but Paul teaches otherwise. But in this Paul was speaking of good works which unsaved people do trying to achieve getting to heaven. Whereas for James he wrote about good works performed; by saved people that is fruit of true, living faith. Both Paul and James agreed with each other. Paul agreed that good works are essential, for the person justified by faith (Phil. 2:12-13; Titus 3:5-8; Eph. 2:8-10). On the other hand James agreed that only through faith one can inherit the kingdom (see 5
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James 2:5). When we look at The Jerusalem Council of Acts 15, we also see and understood that James was not against what Peter and Paul said, but that
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