a Test Series – James 2:9-13
Intro: HAPPY BIRTHDAY America! 239 years ago on the 4th of July. This Country celebrated its independence. It was now a Nation where its citizens were free of tyranny and persecution, a Country where their inalienable rights where imbedded in the doctrine of a sovereign being. He was worshipped as Jehovah (God). To experience this freedom, thousands of men and woman paid the ultimate price; they died so that we could be free! They suffered much and even sacrifice all to allow us the opportunity to see a new dawning. These freedom fighter’s included prayer and even the study of scripture, mixed in was faith and a high level of obedience. We have come a long way haven’t we? What do you think our forefathers would say if they were here to witness this country’s birthday? To see what has become of this nation? Is it possible this country isn’t all our forefather’s died for?
We can go back a little further in time and remember the story of a man who was called by God to lead his people to the promise land. Moses was his name and he climbed to the top of a mountain where he would have an encounter with that same Jehovah I mentioned earlier. The encounter ended with God giving Moses Ten Commandments to follow. Ten laws that where embedded by God into two tablets. Time has changed, what do you think the saints of times past would say to the church today. This would certainly be an interesting discussion. In our study today James is still discussing partiality: after talking about it for the last couple of weeks and seeing the number of verses James talks about this issue, do you think it is important? Is the law of importance today? Is liberty possibly restraint by the transgressor?
“For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14 (NLT) Love can change the outcome, Jesus died so that we could be freedom.
Text: James 2:9-13
“But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For He who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” Application: Life’s tests have boundaries.
1. The Warning against Partiality: vs. 8-11
“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well; 9 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For He who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.” James 2:8-11
Living by God’s law (The royal law) requires: "You to love your neighbor as yourself," and by this you do well.
- Partiality is a sin: it violates the royal law of love. Vs 8
- It makes
one guilty of the whole law. Vs 9-10
Chain Illustration: HANGING OF A CLIFT! If you’re hanging off a Clift and link #3 breaks you’re going to die… if any one of these links breaks you still die. Tony Evans
- Partiality is as serious as adultery and killing. Vs. 11
Transgressor: The Concise Oxford English dictionary defines the transgressor as someone who goes beyond the limits set by a moral principle or standards of Law.
Partiality is serious, when it is mentioned with the adulterer and murderer I believe the Christian should take note! You could be way out of bounce. Out of bounce: there are several games that are played where there are boundaries that must be followed to play the game properly. Ping pong, tennis, basketball, football just to mention a few. When that ball is played, if it goes out of bounce several repercussions may result… James makes it clear when you become a transgressor repercussions will follow. (The link breaks!)
Believers are to love people, not show partiality. Believers are not to discriminate against some. Showing partiality is sin and it makes us a transgressor of the law. Showing partiality makes a person guilty of the whole law of God. How is this possible? How can a person be guilty of all the law if he breaks only one law? That person who is hanging off the Clift is still going to die whatever link breaks… Men follow God or else they do not follow God. There is no such thing as subtracting the laws that one does not like and keeping the laws that one does like. Every law has been given by God. They all form a whole pattern, a complete style of life. They are all necessary to point one in the right direction and toward the right goal.
Showing partiality is just as serious a sin, as adultery and killing. This is just giving an example of what has been said. The verse may also be saying that partiality is equal to murder. Partiality is a sin that selects and favors one person over another. It ignores and neglects a person. It casts one into oblivion, wipes one out; treats one as though he is nothing, absent, or non-existent. It is comparable to murder. It is the same root, the same cause, the same selfishness, the same lust, the same sin as killing. This stresses the seriousness of showing partiality. Scripture is clear in its warning: the church and believers are not to show partiality or favoritism to anyone. We are to love all people no matter their social standing or wealth.
2. The Motivations against Partiality: Vs. 12-13
“So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:12-13
- We shall be judged. Vs 12
- We shall receive exactly what we have done: a reciprocal judgment. Vs 13
There are two things that should stir us to love and care for all people, showing no favoritism whatsoever. (1) We shall face the judgment of God. We should speak and act like people who will stand before God and give account for what we have done. We are to receive people, actually reach out to them through our speech and behavior, no matter who they are. God is going to judge us on the basis of how we have loved and reached out to people, regardless of who they are. (2) We shall receive a reciprocal reward for our behavior. God is going to treat us exactly as we have treated others. If we have shown mercy, then He will show mercy to us; if we have not shown mercy, then He will not show mercy to us. There is only one thing that will rejoice victoriously over judgment and that is mercy. The judgment of God is going to swoop down and consume a person who has not shown mercy. Our only hope against the burning fire of God's judgment is mercy. Therefore, we must be merciful in order to escape the terrible judgment of God. “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7
"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” Matthew 7:1-2
"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15
Conclusion: No one said these test that all of us face in this world would be easy. “Are you out of Bounce?” Have you placed yourself amongst the transgressors and you can’t get out of the rut?
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.”
God Blessed this America with LOVE! Can you do that!
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