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The Essence of the Letter

The Essence of the Letter

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The essence of James’s letter is a call to action (works) that allows truth to triumph over sin and error. This is the essence of everything he wrote. The individual under consideration (5:19, “anyone among you”) is a Christian who has strayed from the truth. By turning that one back to God, the ultimate discipline of death (1 Cor. 11:301 John 5:16) would be avoided. The multitude of sins covered were those that had been committed and those that would never happen because of a person’s repentance. Through genuine repentance, forgiveness is appropriated and sins are hidden from the sight of God (cf. Ps.32:11 Pet. 4:8). More
Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.
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Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old TestamentGenesis 24:34–38, 42–49, 58–67 Psalm Psalm 45:10–17 or Song of Solomon 2:8–13 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament Zechariah 9:9–12 Psalm Psalm 145:8–14 New Testament Romans 7:15–25a Gospel Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30

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