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James 2:1

Jun 28, 2019   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), James (epistles), James (written), Writings  //  8 Comments

Friday, 28 June 2019

My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. James 2:1

With the words, “My brethren,” James is seen to be addressing believers, specifically Jewish believers though (see verse 1:1). That he is not merely addressing Jews in general is confirmed by the next words of the verse, “do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ…” It is with certainty that he is speaking to those who are saved through faith in Christ Jesus, whom he then calls “the Lord of glory.”

The words, “the Lord,” have been inserted by the translators, but they are rightly inserted for clarity. Simply stated though, it says, “of glory.” The Greek has an article before “glory,” and so it more accurately reads, “the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of the glory.” This then expresses the state which Christ possesses which is above all things, and of which He spoke in John 17 –

“I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”

Paul refers to Christ in the same manner, using the same descriptor, in 1 Corinthians 2 –

“which no one of the rulers of this age did know, for if they had known, the Lord of the glory they would not have crucified” (YLT).

James identifies Christ in this way, saying that we are not to hold to the faith of Him “with partiality.” This now helps to explain why He has focused on Christ as “the glory.” The scholar Bengel explains –

“Christ is Glory; and therefore faith in Him is glorious, and the faithful are glorious. This glory of the faithful is far above all worldly honour; no respecter of persons acknowledges it.”

In other words, if we show favoritism to one person over another when they are in the same type of human body as we are, then we are holding an earthly position of one over another despite the glory they possess because of being in Christ. If one were to exalt a handful of unrefined ore over a cup of gold, it would make more sense than showing favoritism of one over another. A better example might be holding a bucket of the dust of the earth up and saying it has more value than that of a man. Though man was brought forth from the dust, the sum of his parts combined with the breath of life in him, makes him of far greater value than simply the materials of which he is comprised.

As this is so, then the separation of the believer because of the Spirit which dwells in him as a result of faith in Christ brings him to a state of glory which is not to be diminished by earthly comparisons.

Life application: Anytime we show favoritism, we are failing to live as Christ did. The Bible says that “all have sinned and all fall short of the glory of God.” It goes on to say “but while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” There was no favoritism at all in this. Instead, Christ died for all. He made the example for us to follow. We are not to worry about those who reject Him because it is His right to avenge; they will receive their due penalty from His hand.

We, however, should attempt to never show favoritism when evangelizing, in church settings, or at any other time. Regardless of race, color, level of wealth, etc., we need to be about the same business with all. Pastors need to be careful of favoritism which leads to exalting the wealthy above those who have less. Parents need to be careful of showing favoritism or they will have one spoiled child and one angry child.

This list goes on – work partners, choosing friends, etc. The less favoritism we show, the better off we will be among others and the less bad words and strife will be directed toward us.

Lord, help us to not show favoritism. Instead, give us a willing heart to accept all people as You do. You gave Your life on the cross for them despite their situation. We were all sinners, and yet You came for all. Level of wealth, looks, race, and so on are things we look at, but You do not. Help us to love all equally as we work towards leading them to You. How glorious you are, and may Your glory rest upon all of Your people! Amen.

8 Comments

  • thank you , love and prayers

  • will be praying for your friend mary . love and prayers for all my s.w. friends and their families and friends .

  • I need prayer to not talk about what I know but to engage people better. Heading out for annual golf tourney today and it should be fun despite 96 degrees and little cloud cover.

    • 96. I hope you survived it! That’s a boiler.

  • Very soon favoritism will be history and we will all be on a level playing field with out regard to our past life but a new fresh start with the lord.

    John I have not seen those movies, I will check them out for sure. If you have a chance check out the ” Great Plan” video on YT or listed on my YT channel Jstrum55. It’s a video blueprint of how the Illuminati / NWO will take over the world. It Came out in 2012 and was roundly declared a hoax….fast forward to today and looking back at this videos claims, it’s been 100% accurate in everything it said was going to happen. They are in the final stages of their take over of the world but I don’t believe we will be here to see that happen, it’s a post rapture event once we are gone the last pieces of the prophecy puzzle will come together!

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

  • Thank you, Dan! And another great message, Charlie, may we be found worthy to be used mightily. My friend, S. has had a small farm, there she treated injured, sick and wounded animals of all kinds throughout the years, she used to send me so many of the most precious stories of how she nursed those different animals in her care and how they became a part of her home. The govt (UK) now needs to put a road right through her property. So please keep S in your prayers, so she trusts God is still in control, and has a wonderful plan for her, thank you! By the way, she also helped me, I fell in Jerusalem and broke my knee and she was just walking by, and came to my rescue. God bless you all!

    • Sounds like she was your good Samaritan Mary
      That is awesome. Prayers for her on the way Amen

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS!

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