The worldview of the preceding paragraph was that God rules over time and requires our obedience to his will in all use of it... View the entire commentary
Instead, Be Patient
The particle oun ("then") makes definite the connection with the preceding paragraph; the picture of sin and judgment is the fresh motivation for telling the brothers now to be patient... View the entire commentary
My intention in this appendix is to put these tools to a modest test by focusing on one interpretive problem in the biblical text--a problem sufficiently confined and specific that we may look for definite results... View the entire commentary
Analysis of Past Approaches
The more common approach among biblical commentators has been to argue primarily from straightforward grammatical structure that James 1:10 speaks to rich Christians... View the entire commentary
Linguistic and Lexical Context
Though the hermeneutical value of etymology has been exaggerated in many biblical studies, we can still begin with the linguistic and lexical data as the starting point for contextualizing James's term plousios... View the entire commentary
Determining the historical context for the writing of the biblical text is important because it reveals some of the "Presupposition Pool" (T... View the entire commentary
We can look for confirmation or contradiction of this conclusion from other biblical writings that have a demonstrated background or affinity to James... View the entire commentary
Conclusions from All the Contexts
The various contexts for trying to understand James's intent give us abundant reason to conclude that he was speaking in 1:10 with rich non-Christians in mind... View the entire commentary
Areas for Contemporary Application
When the observation and interpretation of a text are carefully done, the proper areas of application become more readily apparent... View the entire commentary
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