James 2:14 begins with the three Greek words ti to ophelos. These three words are found only one other time in the NT. Guess where? James repeats them two verses later! These words are translated in four different, but related, ways in the leading English translations: What does it profit…? (NKJV, MEV, KJV, RSV, ASV).
While preparing to introduce the epistle of James for a class I’m teaching, I researched what different leading conservative commentators say about salvation in James. What I found was surprising. I was familiar with three views. 1.The readers were believers who were saved forever. 2. The readers were believers who were saved, but who might