Doers of the Word: A Reconsideration (Feb. 4, Thurs.)

The word of the day is “doer.”  In our reading of James 1:19-27, we confront the teaching that we must be “doers of the Word and not hearers only” (vs. 22).  This instruction immediately calls to mind the controversy between “faith and works” that has raged in the Western church since the Reformation.  The issue has so prejudiced our reading that James is often treated as a foil to the teaching of Paul on grace. But let us clear our minds to hear the message of this passage.  Let’s begin with the question, “What, after all, are ‘works’ (vs. 2:14)?”  The Greek word for “works” means simply  “acts” or a “deeds” (Strong’s #2041, 102).  They are what “doers of the…