James: Influencing a Future Ministry

The book of James was written by James, the younger half-brother of Jesus Christ. James was not one of the original disciples of his older Brother’s ministry. The reaction to Jesus’s ministry by His brothers and sisters was, “…shew thyself to the world” (John 7:4). We then read in John 7:5  For neither did his brethren believe in him. This seems to have included James.

As a good, loving, and mentoring older Brother should, Jesus told them in John 7:6 …My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. In other words, “You’re worried about all these worldly things, and you could die lost at any moment”. Coupling this statement of Jesus with some of the things we’ll read in the letters of James and Jude, both of whom were half-brothers of Jesus, we are going to find that this was a very straight-forward speaking family!

We are given some more insights into the early life of James by Paul the Apostle in 1st Corinthians 15:7  After that (after the resurrection of Christ), he (Jesus) was seen of James; then of all the apostles. It says “then of all the apostles”. This does not mean James was an apostle when Christ appeared to him, but that James was an apostle when Paul wrote these words.

Seeing that Jesus specifically appeared to His younger brother James after being resurrected, it’s likely that James was either 1) very close to believing on Jesus as Lord and yet hadn’t made the decision to get saved yet, 2) got saved when He saw Jesus alive, or 3) was already saved and Jesus wanted to appear to His younger brother to encourage him in his God-given calling.

Either way, James eventually got saved and became a disciple, or as he would say in the opening lines of his letter, “a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ”.

Because Jesus positively influenced a future ministry, we are blessed by the letter of James today!

Published by Jason Fulmer

Jason Fulmer is a Pastor and Personal Development Teacher. He currently operates two blogs: PastorFulmer.com where he posts Bible-based Pastoral articles, and NextLevelLiving.blog where he posts Bible-based leadership and development articles. His life's goal is to encourage men and women to go to THEIR next level of living and leading. He believes the best way to accomplish this goal is through Education and Example!

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