College Press NIV Commentary Series is formatted with a verse-by-verse explanation of the text. It was developed for both the scholar and the average Bible student. The epistles of James & Jude hold a very unique position in the New Testament Canon. The writers of these episles are brothers of our Lord Jesus Christ! It would be difficult for us to imagine the profound effect this relationship would have on these two men. However, what it brings to their inspired writings is a direct, personal, and intimate look at the Living Word. The epistle of James stands alone in a single call: Faith without works is dead! The connection between works and living faith cannot and will not be separated. Salvation does not come from works, but spiritual works come from a saved and faithful heart. The value of James lies in its linking together faith and righteousness. This is a wisdom that can only come from God. This message--this call to believers to receive "wisdom from above" -is very relevant to the Christian today. The epistle of Jude also has a powerful message for Christians today. In a culture that is growing in its apathy and antagonism toward Chrisitanity, in a world that is more accepting of everything non-Chrisitan, and less tolerant of the faith, Jude has one message: There are times when the faith must be defended! That defense embodies opposing false teaching, and living the upright and godly lives spoken of throughout the Bible. James & Jude has 203 pages.