by John Barnett

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A Biography of James (2 of 38)
John Barnett

James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. (KJV)

James presents to us unvarnished Pioneer or Classic Christianity. He is right to the point. In his short letter of 108 verses there are no less than 50 commands. Last week we met James, he is one of four men named James in the New Testament. This one was the brother of Jesus in Mark 6:3 "Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?" And they were offended at Him. (NKJV)
A Bio of James, Brother of Jesus

"James" was one of four brothers and two sisters of Jesus who were fully children of Joseph and Mary. Jesus was born through the supernatural conception known as the virgin birth. James rose to the place of pastoring the church at Jerusalem. He is profiled in Acts 12:17, 15:13-21, 21:18; Galatians 2:9-10.

James is the visible leader of the Jerusalem church. (Note the apostle James dies in Acts 12:2). Acts 12:17 But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, "Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren." And he departed and went to another place. (NKJV)

James was a part of the COMMISSIONING of Paul to his Missionary Journeys. Galatians 2:9-10 and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we [should go] to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 [They desired] only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do. (NKJV)

James was the shepherd and pastor of the Jerusalem church at the Council to determine what to do about gentiles coming to Christ. Acts 15:13-21 And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, "Men [and] brethren, listen to me ...

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