RESPECT OF PERSONS
INTRODUCTION: The way we behave toward people indicates what we
really believe about God. A careful look at James' thoughts
reveals that from God's persepctive, the real issue is not
wealth or poverty, but the condition of one's soul.
I. POSITION OF THE POOR. v.5
"My beloved brethen" - the angrier He gets at them, the
more He has to love them.
A. CHOICE. 5a
The initiative is with God. I Cor. l:26-29
B. CHARACTER. 5b
It is possible to be poor in this world and rich in
the next, or rich in this world and poor in the next.
You could be poor in both or rich in both.
C. CROWNING. 5c
"Heirs" - to possess alot; we are joint heirs
w/Christ; King of Kings = we shall rule with Him.
II. PERSECUTION BY THE PROSPEROUS. v.6-7
A. GOSPEL HIT THEIR POSITION. 6a
"Despised" - dishonored as Christians, what
B. GOSPEL HIT THEIR POCKETBOOK. 6b
"Oppress" - to express power over; active voice
C. GOSPEL HIT THEIR PRIDE. 7
(To laugh at Jesus Christ.)
"The name by which God claimed you!"
"Called" - refers to a wife taking her husband's
name, an ...
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