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Relevant Faith: Overcoming Partiality, James 2:1-9

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Relevant Faith: Overcoming Partiality, James 2:1-9

Ryan Heller

I.          God doesn’t discriminate

ForGod shows no partiality.
Romans 2:11 (ESV)

II.         Authentic Christ Followers do not discriminate

My brothers,show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ,the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place, “while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs ofthe kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But youhave dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorablename by which you were called?
James 2:1-7 (ESV)
III.            How can we make this connection

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin…
James 2:8-9 (ESV)

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 22:-36-39 (ESV)