Dec 1, 2009
Seventeen Propositions about God in the Letter of James
God gives to all, generously and ungrudgingly (1:5).
God has promised a crown of life to those who love
God (1:12). God cannot be tempted by evil, and God tempts no one (1:13).
God is “the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow” (1:17).
God created us by the word of truth (1:18).
God favors the poor (2:5).
God is one (2:19).
God is the “Lord and Father” and has made humans in the likeness of God (3:9).
God answers the prayers of the righteous (4:2–3; 5:16–18).
God yearns jealously for our spiritual devotion (4:5).
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (4:6, 10).
God draws near to those who draw near to God (4:8).
God is both lawgiver and judge, able to save and destroy (4:12).
God’s will trumps all human plans (4:13–15).
God hears the cries of the exploited and oppressed (5:4).
God is compassionate and merciful to the patient (5:11).
God heals the sick and forgives sins (5:15).
Mark Allan Powell, Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009), 454.