Witness to the Religious Establishment
When he was not encouraging and instructing believers, he was witnessing to the unbelieving Religious Establishment. But the Religious Establishment wanted James to shut up! They could not stand the power and truth of his preaching! The chief priest, scribes and Pharisees demanded that he shut up and renounce the truth that Jesus is the Son of God. He dared to tell the truth and was thus charged with breaking their law (blasphemy!). They then gave James one more chance to deny Jesus before throwing him off the temple to be stoned and killed below. Enraged were the enemies of Christ when, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, James declared to them with boldness that Jesus is the promised Messiah, the Son of God, the Saviour, that he is sitting at the right hand of God, and shall come again in the clouds of heaven, to judge the living and the dead!
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12