Author: James (1:1), probably a brother of Jesus (see Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3).
Date: Approximately AD 60.
In Ten Words or Less: Real Christian faith is shown by one’s good works.
Details: Though the apostle Paul clearly taught that salvation is by faith alone and not by good works (see Romans 3:28), James clarifies that good works will follow true faith: “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?” (2:14). James encourages Christians, in everyday life, to view trials as opportunities for spiritual growth, to control their tongues, to make peace, to avoid favoritism, and to help the needy. The bottom line? “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (4:17).
From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.