James 2 (asv)

James 2 (asv)

Warning against Partiality

2:1My brethren, hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.2:2For if there come into your synagogue a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, and there come in also a poor man in vile clothing; 2:3and ye have regard to him that weareth the fine clothing, and say, Sit thou here in a good place; and ye say to the poor man, Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool; 2:4Do ye not make distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 2:5Hearken, my beloved brethren; did not God choose them that are poor as to the world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he promised to them that love him? 2:6But ye have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you, and themselves drag you before the judgment-seats? 2:7Do not they blaspheme the honorable name by which ye are called?



2:8Howbeit if ye fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well: 2:9but if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors. 2:10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is become guilty of all. 2:11For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou dost not commit adultery, but killest, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 2:12So speak ye, and so do, as men that are to be judged by a law of liberty. 2:13For judgment is without mercy to him that hath showed no mercy: mercy glorieth against judgment.

Faith without Works Is Dead1

2:14What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but have not works? can that faith save him?2:15If a brother or sister be naked and in lack of daily food, 2:16and one of you say unto them, Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; and yet ye give them not the things needful to the body; what doth it profit? 2:17Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself.


2:18Yea, a man will say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith apart from thy works, and I by my works will show thee my faith. 2:19Thou believest that God is one; thou doest well: the demons also believe, and shudder. 2:20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren? 2:21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar? 2:22Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect; 2:23and the scripture was fulfilled which saith, And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness; and he was called the friend of God. 2:24Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith. 2:25And in like manner was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works, in that she received the messengers, and sent them out another way? 2:26For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.


Notes:

  1. See Unity MBI for James 2. Works transforms (completes) intellectual faith into understanding faith. Faith is intellectual unless it is tested by works!

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