The Rich Poor And The Poor Rich by Jerry Vines

THE RICH POOR AND THE POOR RICH
James 1:9-11
Dr. Jerry Vines
One reason I know the Bible is a true book is because it
describes life as it really is. As we have moved through these opening
verses we are told in God's Word that there will be troubles in life.
All of us will experience problems and difficulties and troubles along
the way. It also tells us that we can have wisdom and we know that it
is true in life that day by day we need wisdom for a multitude of
decisions we have to make. Also, in these verse, I see that the Bible
is a true book because the Bible describes life as it really is. We
learn that there are economic distinctions in life. There are those who
are rich in this world and there are those who are poor in this world.
That is not only true in the world it is also true in the world of
believers. In verse 9 he says "Let the brother." Then, by implication,
in verse 10 "But the rich brother." He is referring to here as brothers
in Christ -- believers. He is pointing out the fact that it is true
that even among believers there are some, who for whatever reason, do
not have a great deal; and there are others, who for whatever reason,
have an abundance of things. We just know that that is true. That's
the way life is. There are some who do not have a great deal; there are
others who have been blessed with an abundance. I know the Bible is a
true book because it describes life as it really is.
I also know that the Bible is a divine book. The Bible says in
these verses that the poor brother can rejbice and the rich brother can
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also rejoice, but they rejoice for exactly opposite reasons. This is
what you call a paradox. It is something that seems to be contradictory
and yet it is very true. He says the poor believer can rejoice because
he has been exalted. On the other hand the rich believer can rejoice
because he has been brought low. There is a LI -ndnus message in the
paradox, in this contrast, in these verses.
Think wi ...


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