James 2:14-26 has often been understood as a corrective to Paul’s one-sided emphasis on justification by faith alone. Fortunately most scholars today disagree with that assessment, as do I. In seeking to understand James’ argument we need to keep in mind the general context and purpose of his letter. Second, we must realize that different biblical writers may at times use the same terminology in a different sense or particular emphasis. This is also determined by the context. You may want to read James 2:14-26 before we continue.