Book of James

Lesson Four
James 2:1-13

The Sin of Partiality


1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.


2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;


3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:


4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?


5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?


6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?


7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?


8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:


9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.


(God died for all people. He loves all people, and He commands us to love all people. We should not look on the outward appearance, but see people the way God sees them, lost and in need of a Saviour. We know who that Saviour is, and we should concern ourselves with sharing Him with everyone)


10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.


(This is a very important concept to understand. The law of God is not a bunch of individual laws, but is one law, comprised of many statements. You don't break one law when you sin, but you break the whole law as a single unit. This is why it does not matter if you have sinned one time or a million times, you are still a sinner and in need of a Saviour just as much as the next person. One sin or a million sins, you are a law breaker and on your way to hell without Jesus Christ. As humans, we have a tendency to look at others and think "I am better then they are" because they sin differently then I do.  But God looks at us and says, "for all have sinned and come short of my glory").


11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.


12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.


13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. Paste here

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