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Seven Talks on the Epistle of James

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Seven Talks on the Epistle of James James’s Vision of the Perfect Man and Woman

David Gooding

If we say, ‘Yes, I know the Lord,’ and we don’t have any intention of keeping his commandments, we show that we just don’t know the Lord.


‘If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man.’ (James 3:2)

James does not mean sinless. We shall not be talking about sinless perfection, though we believe with all our hearts that one day—when the Lord comes—we shall be sinlessly perfect. We are talking about perfection in the sense of ‘maturity’; a fully–grown, developed character.

In that sense, therefore, we are to read James’s lessons as to what those features are that mark a fully mature, fully grown believer. Once more we shall have to admit to ourselves what James tells us: ‘we all stumble in many ways’. None of us has yet attained and we have to say with the Apostle Paul himself, ‘Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own’ (Phil 3:12).

Dr Gooding expounds the epistle under the following headings:

1 Not Double–minded in Face of Trial
2 Not Religiously Self–deceived
3 Not Guilty of Social Discrimination
4 The Judgment of the Lord for Believers
5 The Tongue
6 Our Desires and Pleasures
7 Our Moral Judgment

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