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Discipleship: James and Paul

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We see throughout the letters that Paul wrote to the early churches that there have been issues that have led to disagreements. As time has moved on and the church canonized the bible these disagreements have been formed and fortified through hand picking scripture that best defends ones point of view. Often times regardless of the context of passage. One of the most common arguments stems from the Book of James and the idea that it somehow disagrees with idea of salvation through faith that is expressed through the letters of Paul.
The passage that would best sum up Paul’s feelings on the doctrine of salvation comes from Ephesians 2:8-9. In this very straight forward passage there is no other way to understand that salvation is only achieved through faith.
It has been argued however that the book of James appears to contradict this teaching by Paul. It is important to understand that Paul was a tremendous early church leader and there is little doubt to that authenticity of his writing, and the knowledge that backs those writings. However we can’t say the same for the Book of James.
The Book of James does not go into detail about who the author is and he doesn’t provide adequate details to distinguish himself from among the several James’ that appear in the New Testament. Church leaders can discern somewhat that there are indicators throughout the book to make one lean towards the idea that James, the brother of Jesus, wrote the book. This James was not a disciple of Christ, in fact during the life of Jesus he wasn’t even a believer (John7:5). However, in 1 Corinthians 15:7 Paul (the writer of this epistle) shares with the reader that Jesus appeared to James, at which time he became an apostle (Galatians 1:9). (Mac...

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Works Cited

Bible Gateway." James. Ed. R.C. Sproul. Liqonier Ministries, 2012. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.
Goodrick, Edward W., and John R. Kohlenberger. "2240." The Strongest NIV Exhaustive Concordance. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004. N. pag. Print.
Hull, Bill. The Complete Book of Discipleship: On Being and Making Followers of Christ. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2006. 43-44. Print.
MacArthur, John F. "Grace To You." Born to Holiness. Grace To You, 14 Sept. 1986. Web. 11 Apr. 2014. .
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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that paul's letters to the early churches have led to disagreements, which have been fortified through hand-picking scripture that best defends one point of view. james disagrees with salvation through faith.
  • Analyzes how ephesians 2:8-9 sums up paul's feelings on the doctrine of salvation. there is no other way to understand that salvation is only achieved through faith.
  • Argues that the book of james contradicts paul's teaching. paul was a tremendous early church leader and there is little doubt to that authenticity of his writings.
  • Analyzes how the book of james does not go into detail about who is and provides adequate details to distinguish himself from among the several james' that appear in the new testament.
  • Explains that ephesians 2:8-9 is biblically accurate and accepted as any other book of the bible. faith alone, if not accompanied by action, is dead.
  • Explains that the greek word used in many translations in these passages is works, yet the niv version had translated this word into "deeds".
  • Explains why ephesians 2:8-9 is so well received by christians. the idea of salvation through faith is simple, and doesn't require a life change.
  • Explains bill hull's the complete book of discipleship as a duel gospel. the problem is that the test for salvation is doctrinal rather than behavioral.
  • Explains that john macauther agrees with the idea of two faiths. they believe in god, but not to the point of salvation.
  • Explains james' point that salvation isn't given or assured based on faith, but to have the kind of faith in christ that the lord is seeking there must be a change, growth, and impact on the way you live.
  • Explains that a new birth is completed at the time faith is placed in jesus. the moment it occurs cannot be perceived. it is known only through its effect.
  • Analyzes how luther understood the difference between dead faith and living faith in the reformation study bible.
  • Explains that james is a litmus test for christians to make sure that they are bearing "good fruit". the test ranges from chapter 1, who do you blame for your trials, through to your level of compassion.
  • Cites james, r.c. sproul, liqonier ministries, and bill hull. the strongest niv exhaustive concordance.
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