The Glory that Changes the Mood

James’ speech to the dispersed and probably persecuted Christians in James 2 encourages them to remain unswayed by human appearance in regards to their Christian conduct based on divine glory.  Christ was said, even by his enemies, to remain unswayed by human appearance (Matt 22:16).  Prior to this God is described as one “who is not partial” (Deut 10:17).  Thus, when James says, “My brothers,...
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Double Justification – What and Why We Should Believe It

Showing partiality or favoritism betrays God’s law of love toward neighbor; that is a healthy reason for not acting that way, especially in regards to God’s aforementioned electing love (James 2:5; 8–9).  Nevertheless, what may be most troubling for the reader of James is the statement that believers will be judged by the law of liberty (James 2:12).  Thus, we should know what this law is and...
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Towards an Impartial Heart – Going After What God’s Heart Goes After

We have all seen it, and many of us have experienced it, and some have even played the game of – favoritism.  We “pay attention to the one” and not the other (cf. James 2:3).  But before getting into an exact definition of favoritism, let’s be like children for a moment who simply want to know “Why Daddy?” The second chapter of James give three reasons why not to play the game of favoritism,...
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Three Tests for Any Religion Under Pressure

James closes the first chapter of his letter to the Christians scattered most likely by persecution with three tests to religion under pressure.  The first test is that of self-control of one’s speech; the second test is of concern for the helpless; the third test is a distancing one’s self from the world’s polluting influence.  These three things are not the totality of holiness, but are in the...
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Looking Into the Happy Word of the Risen Christ

The natural face (translates the ESV in James 1:23) is literally the Genesis Face or the face of beginnings or birth.  It says there that the non-Word-doer is like a man who looks at himself (cf. James 1:24), and sees, what we may suppose as the ugliness of sin that is characteristic of every human being since Genesis 3.  Nevertheless, there is a much better or happier way to live.  It is indeed...
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The Word of God Gives the People of God–a Future.

In other words, the Holy Scripture speak of the salvation of God’s people in the future tense; and it is by means of obeying the Holy Bible that God’s people may be assured that they have a future. James 1:19 guarantees a way not to have a future, namely by not being quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. The book of Proverbs has much to say about the importance of the control of one’s...
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