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Do Not Dishonor Those Whom God Has Chosen To Be a Fellow Heir of the Kingdom
James 2:1-13
Showing favoritism to the rich of this world places you in opposition to God's purposes to honor the poor.
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Shared April 8th, 2016
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James 2.1-13
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Main point summary
Do not show personal favoritism, because by so doing you are 1) acting like the world, 2) dishonoring a fellow heir of the kingdom of God, and 3) sinning against God . (Notice the progression). Rather, having been set free from showing partiality by the gospel [i.e. "law of liberty"], treat everyone with honor.
James 2.1-13
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James 2:1-13
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a My brethren, b do not hold your faith in our c glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of d personal favoritism.
My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.
For if a man comes into your 1 assembly with a gold ring and dressed in 2 a fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in b dirty clothes,
For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes,
and you 1 pay special attention to the one who is wearing the a fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,”
and then you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place,"
and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,”
and then you [don't pay special attention to the poor man, but you] say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,"
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have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges a with evil 1 motives?
then have you not made [worldly and improper] distinctions among yourselves, and become [people who act like the world] with evil motives?
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Listen, a my beloved brethren: did not b God choose the poor 1 of this world to be c rich in faith?
Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith?
[Implied answer: Yes.]
[Yes.]
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and d heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
and [did God not choose the poor to be] heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
[Implied answer: Yes.]
[Yes.]
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But you have dishonored the poor man.
But you have dishonored the poor man [that is, you have dishonored the man God has chosen to be a fellow heir of the kingdom]!
Is it not the rich who oppress you and 1 personally a drag you into 2 court?
Is it not the rich who [typically] oppress you and personally drag you into court?
[Implied answer: Yes.]
[Yes.]
a Do they not blaspheme the fair name 1 by which you have been called?
Do they not [typically] blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?
[Implied answer: Yes.]
[Yes.]
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If, however, you a are fulfilling the 1 royal law according to the Scripture, “ b You shall love your neighbor as yourself,”
If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself,"
you are doing well.
you are doing well.
But if you a show partiality,
But if you show partiality,
you are committing sin
you are committing sin
and are convicted by the 1 law as transgressors.
and are convicted by the law as trangressors.
For whoever keeps the whole 1 law and yet a stumbles in one point, he has become b guilty of all.
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.
For He who said, “ a Do not commit adultery,” also said, “ b Do not commit murder.”
For He who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not commit murder."
Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder,
Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder,
you have become a transgressor of the 1 law.
you have become a transgressor of the law.
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So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by a the law of liberty.
Rather, so speak and so act as those who have been set free from partiality by the gospel.
For a judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy;
For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy;
mercy 1 triumphs over judgment.
but [showing] mercy triumphs over [God's] judgment.
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Comments
Andy Hubert
Do not show personal favoritism, because by so doing you are 1) acting like the world, 2) dishonoring a fellow heir of the kingdom of God, and 3) sinning against God. (Notice the progression). Rather,...
I think you present a very interesting take on the structure here. At the very least I think your observation of three distinct points here is helpful.
Christopher Klein
Thanks!
Nohea
very helpful main point summary. Also, i enjoyed checking out the link you provided for village schools. (my wife is from MN!)
Christopher Klein
I just recently joined, so I'm not on their website yet. Where do you guys live now?
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