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Faith Tested Through Trials (2 of 17)
Series: The Epistle of James
We discovered last week that James was written to three classes of Christians. First, to those who are going through trials, persecutions, suffering. James says this Letter is for those who are going through "various trials." Second, it is for those who are wondering if there really is anything to this thing called Christianity. It is for those who believe in the Lord, the Bible and the Church sometimes, but at other times, we wonder if it really works. Third, it is for those who have difficulty with other Christians. Some people just rub you the wrong way, or you can't figure out how they operate. There is no love lost between you, because you never really had any love for them in the first place. They are just not your kind of people.
The first chapter deals with trials. James is writing this to the twelve tribes, who were scattered abroad when the great persecution came against the Church there in Acts 8.
This is written to Christians. James says to these people, "My brethren." That is the word "adelphos," and it means from the same womb. We are brethren because we are all born again from the same spiritual womb. We have all eaten the same spiritual food and have drunk of the same spiritual drink.
The Scriptures affirm that all of the brethren have these trials, tests, temptations that come upon them. Peter mentioned these trials, "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to test you, as though some strange thing happened unto you." (I Peter 4:12)
The word for trial is "peirasmos," and it is used in regard to outward trials and inward temptation. James says we face "diverse temptations" or "various trials." That word "diverse" or "various" means variegated, different, many colored. It can be anything or everything. It can be inward. It can be outward. It can be something you bringupon yourself, or it can be something that someon ...
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