New Testament In a Year: November 19 – James 2

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James 2
(1-13) The Sin of Partiality
Just as Jesus the Christ does not favor one group of Christians over another group or even favor Christians over sinners, we are not to be biased toward certain people. Rich Christians are not better than poor Christians. White Christians are not better than Black Christians. American Christians are not better than Asian Christians. Before God, we are all one and the same – equally precious in His sight. We should not make distinctions among ourselves and divide the body of Christ by race, class, gender, or education status.

Those who are poor are often rich in faith and will be blessed of God to inherit the kingdom of Heaven.

Instead of favoring some over others, Christ commands us as believers to love everyone as we love ourselves. We cannot pick and choose which parts of God’s laws we want to obey. We must obey them all. And if we break one, then we break them all.

(14-26) Faith Without Works Is Dead
Faith and works go hand in hand. It is not enough for us to talk about our faith, we must also show our faith through our actions and by the way we live. This is not to say that works save us. They don’t. Only faith does that. But once we are saved, what we do becomes just as important as what we say and what we confess. Jesus didn’t say, “By their words you will know them.” He said, “By their fruits you will know them.”

Without works, faith is dead.

Favorite verse: (13) For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

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