It seems highly likely that this letter was written by James the Just, brother of Jesus and leader of the Jerusalem Church. Abel points out that the teaching of James shows important connections with the teaching of Jesus that is recorded in the Gospels.
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These are sermons preached during our Sunday worship services. (Recordings were not always successful, so there are gaps in the postings.)
The Letter of James has many echoes of the teaching of Jesus, making this passage from chapter five an appropriate text for consideration prior to the observance of the Lord's Supper.
James 1:22–25: "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 who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing." (ESV) An application of this principle is seen later in the epistle, in James 2:1-13.
Abel stepped in to give me one more Sunday out of the pulpit following my knee replacement surgery. Since this was a Communion Sunday, his message reminded us of the Passover background to the Lord's Supper, and how the gospel is presented to us in this Sacrament.
This sermon on Ephesians follows the passage from which Abel preached on July 24. Building on what he has said, we hear Paul emphasizing the contrast between the two ways of living which people pursue in our day as in his.
My son Abel preached while Susan and I were away for this Lord's Day. He chose his text to coordinate with our study of Romans chapters 9-11, which deal specifically with issues related to Jews and Gentiles within the Church.