15 Instead you ought to say, â€œIf the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.â€
We said last time that James gives the only good alternative to the merchants bad doctrine… The Gospel.
So, what is the Gospel? Well, in one sentenceâ€¦ Jesus is Lord!
That is what Christ’s Church confesses every day His followers gather togetherâ€¦ either by song, or sermon, or by prayer or teaching.
So, if Jesus is Lord that means itâ€™s up to Him whether we live or die! If Jesus is Lord, that means itâ€™s up to Him whether or not we move, get a job, go to college, or finish high school. If Jesus is Lord, then that means itâ€™s up to Him whether or not we take our next breath.
What does James say again? â€œIf it is the Lordâ€™s will… we will live and do this or that.â€ Thatâ€™s the Gospel! If Jesus is Lord, then that means what He says goes. And that is GOOD NEWS because He is good and righteous and He is King of all the nations!
So, thatâ€™s the alternative James gives us, right? But what if we donâ€™t take that alternative? What if we act like the merchants? James clarifies what it means to act like these merchants that plan to succeed in their goals without involving Godâ€¦
In Christ and In Defense of the Faith,