“But one who has looked intently at the perfect law, the law of freedom, and has continued in it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an active doer, this person will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25).

With the expectation of steadfast continuation in the life of faith, James is holding forth the teachings of Jesus, who said, “But the one who endures to the end is the one who will be saved” (Mt. 24:13). It is an endurance of faith highlighted not by a willingness to hear and acquire biblical knowledge, but a faithful obedience in the “doing” of the word. The life of faith, then, isn’t so much a cognitive exercise of belief as it is the active exercise of what we believe.

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