A basic and essential teaching of the Bible for all believers is the return of Christ. The idea of Jesus’ imminent return held a special place in the hearts of the early Christians and should do the same for us.
James ends his letter by encouraging the afflicted to pray, the cheerful to sing, the sick to call for pastors, the guilty to confess. He reminds them of prayer’s effectiveness as seen in Elijah. Finally, backsliders need someone to help them.
James wants Christians to do better. Can we blame him! He exhorts us to be patient, reminding us of Christ’s return. He tells us to not grumble against each other and to remember the prophets, their strength and God’s mercy.
With the thunder of an Old Testament prophet James unleashes a scathing commentary complete with prophetic warnings of God’s justice with wrath. Any who love material wealth will do well to take in what James now says.