He who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing.
A Doer That Acts
Topic: Wisdom & Understanding
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves…. But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing.“
James the Great was one of the revered Twelve Apostles of Jesus. Often identified as the son of Zebedee and Salome, he was brother to John the Apostle, another central figure in early Christianity. Together with John and Peter, James formed a triad that witnessed some of the most significant events of Jesus' ministry, including His transfiguration and His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Their close proximity to Jesus during these pivotal moments showcased their integral roles in the foundational years of the Christian faith.
According to the New Testament, James's zeal for the teachings of Jesus was evident in his actions and devotion. However, this fervor also made him and the other apostles targets for persecution. Following Judas Iscariot's tragic end, James became the second apostle to die. Significantly, he holds the unfortunate distinction of being the first apostle to be martyred for his faith. His death, as recorded in the Book of Acts, came by the order of King Herod Agrippa I of Judea, who had him executed by the sword around 44 CE.
The martyrdom of James is not only a testament to the early challenges faced by the Christian community but also stands as a symbol of unwavering dedication to one's beliefs. His life, teachings, and ultimate sacrifice for the nascent Christian faith have made James the Great a central figure in Christian history, honored and remembered by generations of believers.
The letter of James
Wilson, Andrew, editor. World Scripture - a Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts. Paragon House, 1991, p. 105 [James 1.22 and 1.25].
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