Devotional: James 1:1, Matthew 5


  • Read first James chapter 1
  • Then read Matthew chapter 5


One key characteristic of the books of the Bible is their unity.  That these books all work in agreement and align with one another in both their message and purpose is nothing short of a miracle in and of itself.


Imagine the process if would take for men to have coordinated such a work of over 40 writers spanning thousands of years to assemble a book that was so closely in synchronization – and then to protect it for thousands of years following its creation.  Not only would this feat be impossible for man to pull off, it would be in complete opposition to our nature are fallen sinners.  If we could do this, why would we?  Why would we craft such a master work that paints us as inferior, fallen creatures dependent on this God?


What is something that regularly amazes you about God’s Word?


How has the Holy Spirit revealed to you new insights into God’s Word this week?


What portion of Matthew 5 resonates with you today?


Knowing James is the younger, half-brother of Jesus, what  light does that shed on his declaration as, “a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” in James 1:1?


How can reflecting on the verses in Matthew 5 help you find your place as a servant of Jesus Christ?



The Scriptures

The Bible is the inspired Word of God given to His people and revealed by the Holy Spirit.  It is complete and without error in its content and given to individual believers with the intent of instructing them in who God is and transforming their lives according to His will.

Exodus 24:4, 1 Thes 2:13,2 Peter 1:19-21, John 17:13-17, 1 Cor 2:7-15, 1 John 2:20, John 16:12-13, Deuteronomy 4:2, Ps 19:7, Isa 40:8, Matthew 24:35, Luke 21:33, John 10:35, Matthew 5:18, Luke 24:44, Exodus 24:7, Deuteronomy 4:1, Ps 119:9-16, Acts 17:11, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 5:19, Romans 15:4, Colossians 3:16, Romans 16:25-27