The phrase is part of a couplet, so it needs to be read in that context.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
The phrase does not assume that God might lead us into temptation. Instead, it assumes that God does deliver us from evil. The couplet gives the impression that temptations will come, but prays that God delivers us from them. ...
There are two common ways to explain this:
The "third year" refers to the third year of Elijah's stay in Zarephath, following a stay of some months at the brook Cherith (Adam Clarke, Barnes, Haydock, Keil and Delitzsch)
The "third year" refers to the time of Elijah's exile, which did not begin until the dry period had already been underway for six months (...
If you (say you) have faith but don't have works, do you really have faith?
Works are the result of faith. They don't save you. If you have faith, it is only natural that you will have works. James's question is to people who have no works. Why don't you have any works? Where is your faith?
Matthew 12:33 (NASB)
"Make a tree good and its fruit will be ...
James is writing his epistle to "my brethren" (1:2), who are already of the church, so he is not writing to unbelievers to tell them how to be saved from their sins an get right with God. His readers have already come to Jesus and had their sins washed away in the blood of the Lamb, been justified by faith, and entered into a saving relationship with God.
I have always understood James as referring to the "jealousy" of God as brought forward in many OT passages. For example;
Exodus 34:14 (RSV) 14 (for you shall worship no other god, for the
LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),
Deuteronomy 4:24 (RSV) 24 For the LORD your God is a devouring fire,
a jealous God.
Deuteronomy 6:15 (...
We ask when we have the desire.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your
heart. (Psalm 37:4, NIV)
Psalms tells us that God will give us the desires of our heart. Simply asking without any sincere desire will not be successful. Only a sincere request is granted.
And we should ask according to His will. We can't ask whatever we ...
Many people do not realize that believers and non-believers alike receive a default protection from God. They have a "hedge" around them similar to the hedge described as around Job. If it were not so, Satan and his evil spirits would do be able to do as they please.
"Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?" (Job 1:10)
It is important to distinguish between cessation of spiritual gifts being bestowed on individuals, and cessation of all miraculous events entirely. Cessationists consider the first case (individual bestowment of spiritual gifts) to have ceased, but not all miraculous events entirely.
See B. B. Warfield's Counterfeit Miracles, in the section titled Faith ...
According to the New Bible Dictionary, 2nd Ed., "Justifiction" entry, Paul used justify as a technical term, but James used it in a general sense of being vindicated, or proved genuine and right with God and man (p. 649).
"James quotes Gn. 15:6 for the same purpose as Paul does -- to show
that it was faith that secured Abraham's acceptance. But now, he
This verse by itself may seem to some that it is implying works based salvation, but upon further examination, this is not necessarily the case. Proponents of Sola Fide would cite the context of the passage and also the harmony of Scripture to argue that Jame's language doesn't actually suggest works based salvation.
The Verse's Context
To understand the ...
I don't believe in cessationism, but I will explain one answer used by cessationists.
The word "sick" in the passage you quoted can also be translated "weak" (i.e. in faith), and thus, the verse can be interpreted to mean that if a brother is weak in faith, he should come to those who are stronger in faith for the purpose of support, prayer, etc.
In such ...
This may be a simplistic answer, but it came as something of an "aha!" moment to me when I first heard it many years ago:
In general, it is probably not the best idea to ask God to do something God doesn't want to do, or to ask God not to do something God does want to do.
Presumably God's will and God's knowledge of the situation is better than ours. So if ...
Richard Gaffin, who provided the cessationist perspective in Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?, says in his book Perspectives on Pentecost (pg. 114) that individual endowments of healing were "foundational gifts" which have "passed out of the life of the church." But he says more:
At the same time, however, the sovereign will and power of God today to heal ...
Your answer has "Catholicism" tag, so I'll try to explain Catholic belief that Paul and James are in perfect harmony, that they say the same, just from two perspectives.
Let's start with James. He wrote in the second chapter of his letter:
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have
faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save ...
If God cannot tempt anyone, what is the meaning of the following scriptures?
James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:
for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
1 Kings 22:20-22 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he
may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, ...
In the Protestant belief, works are a sign of faith, and the Holy Spirit working in the life of the believer.
The ESV commentary elaborates on this interpretation thusly:
Faith without Works Is Dead. James continues the theme that hearing/faith must lead to doing/works. It may seem that James contradicts Paul’s “by grace you have been saved through ...
Evangelical theologians teach that these two passages do not instruct us to "enjoy" trials in the sense of getting pleasure out of them. Rather, we are to have joy despite the trials, because we recognize them to be profitable.
On James 1:2, Thomas Constable writes that the trials themselves are not the source of joy, but rather what they produce:
How is the teachings in the Book of James consistent with Salvation by Grace alone?
James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Many take the verses of James chapter two and see in them a treatise on salvation.
However, in context James is chastising church leaders for being respecters of important people and neglecters of ...
The verse is not referring to any specific prayer, but rather to the prayer of faith (ευχη της πιστεως) as opposed to prayer that is undertaken without faith. For this reason James emphasizes a verse later:
The entreaty of a righteous man hath much strength
He further provides Elijah as an example (v.17-18):
Elijah was a man subject to like passions ...
Let's take some basic context and expand out a few verses.
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22- You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23- and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him ...
The letter of James is believed to have been written in A.D. 45, before Paul began his ministry. Paul’s writings are dated from A.D. 50 to A.D. 70. Therefore James’ letter predates Paul’s letters.
I found an article that helps to answer your question about the seeming conflict between faith alone and faith without works being dead:
The Book of James is ...
The Protestant ‘Westminster Confession of Faith’ was drawn up in 1647-8 and a very considerable collection of Protestant denominations subscribe to it, so I will simply quote from this book for classes studying it. The relevant Articles are quoted, followed by the author’s further clarifications as to what the Articles mean.
XIV. OF SAVING FAITH
1. The ...
Consider the following passages:
Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in YHWH, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Deuteronomy 4:29 "But from there [among the world] you will seek YHWH your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your life."
Jeremiah 29:11-14 "For I know the plans I have for you,” ...
The apostle Paul, in recounting his conversion experience to King Agrippa, speaks of the same things in Acts 26:19-20 (NKJV) (emphasis mine):
19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision [I received on the road to Damascus], 20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, ...
Simple. You said, salvation by grace alone. you are right. so that no one will say 'but I did that'.
You just got confused when you said, salvation by grace thru faith alone. Erase the 'thru faith alone'.
Because faith alone does not save
Works alone does not save
Faith and works does not save
The key is James 2:24, no one is righteous. God makes us ...
The final "tempted" in James 1:13 means "test." (http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3985&t=ESV)
It does not mean to lure someone to sin, which is the popular meaning of the word. None of the examples given are God luring people to sin against him.
Speak evil/against/slander means to talk down to others-as in being condescending. This refers to slander out of envy and reflects the work of Satan whose name means slanderer (Rev. 12:10). It breaks God's royal law (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 22:36-40; Rom. 13:8-10; James 2:8), destroys fellowship, and keeps non-believers away from the church. It also devalues those ...
the answer is--- yes. We do both. We ask God to give us wisdom; all wisdom comes from Him. We could live for eighty years and not get true biblical wisdom if we don't ask God.
But we have to seek it, too. We won't be sleeping one morning and 60 lbs of wisdom come crashing through the roof and wake us up. We have to do things to seek wisdom; praying, ...
It is not a contradiction he is just stating the obvious. Our good works are a manifestation of our faith. Faith if it hath not works is dead being alone.
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
The devils believe in Jesus but are not saved. If we have faith the only way we can be saved is ...