Understanding the Scriptures
|Entire (v. 4)||Complete|
|Liberally (v. 5)||Openly, freely|
|Upbraideth (v. 5)||Reproves, rebukes, scolds|
|Double minded man (v. 8)||Wavering, uncertain, doubting|
|Endureth (v. 12)||Resisteth (see JST, James 1:12)|
|No variableness, neither shadow of turning (v. 17)||No change|
|Glass (v. 23)||Mirror|
|Bridleth (v. 26)||Controls|
James 1:5—“If Any of You Lack Wisdom, Let Him Ask of God”
Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote, “This single verse of scripture has had a greater impact and a more far reaching effect upon mankind than any other single sentence ever recorded by any prophet in any age” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3:246–47). It was after reading this scripture and feeling the truthfulness of it that Joseph Smith went to pray about which church to join. From that humble prayer came the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel.
James 1:25—What Is the “Perfect Law of Liberty”?
|Blaspheme (v. 7)||Irreverently use|
|Respect to persons (vv. 1, 9)||Favor some people over others|
|Convinced (v. 9)||Convicted or punished|
|Destitute (v. 15)||In dire need|
|Wrought (v. 22)||Labored together|
|Imputed (v. 23)||Counted|
James 2:1—“Have Not the Faith of Our Lord”?
The Joseph Smith Translation corrects this phrase to read that “ye cannot” have the faith of Jesus Christ “and yet have respect to persons” (JST, James 2:1).
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study James 1–2.
Scripture Mastery—James 1:5–6
Joseph Smith was only fourteen years old and confused about religion when he read from the book of James.
Write a Talk for Sacrament Meeting
Imagine you have been asked to speak in a sacrament meeting. Using what you learn from James 1:12–16, 22–27, outline a five-minute talk about how young people can better live the gospel.
Scripture Mastery—James 2:17–18
Some religions teach that faith is all that is needed in order to be saved and that good works are not necessary. James taught differently. Read the letter below and write a response using the information found in James 2:14–26.
I am afraid you are not Christian because you do not accept Jesus as your Savior. You believe that you need to do righteous works along with having faith to be accepted by God. You are deceived! Works are not necessary if you have faith and believe. The grace of Christ makes works nice, but unnecessary. Please turn from your errors, accept Christ, and do not rely on your works to save you. Only then can you have peace.
Your friend in another church.