You can't pick and choose from the commandments of God which ones you will keep and which ones you won't.
God has given to each of His children diverse gifts and talents befitting them to become faithful doers of the Word.
Matthew 25:15 says, "And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey."
If you claim to be a servant of God and have faith, but you sit on your talent(s) and do nothing, you could be in for a big surprise on payday!
There are several aspects of "faith" which ministers of the Church of the Unbridled Tongues rarely teach.
And it is not that initial faith which one has when he or she first comes to know the Lord and accepts Him as his or her Savior.
There are no works of any kind required for that beautiful initial first step of salvation, only a belief in Him and a repentant heart.
That is the faith of babes in Christ.
What James is going to teach us about in this second chapter are the elements of "faith" for those 12 scattered tribes who now claim to be Christians, who have taken that initial step of faith.
Where is true "faith" in our nation?
Have you ever read Luke chapter 18?
Christ, the avenger of His elect, asks a pointed question, "Shall He find "faith" on the earth", when He returns?
We know He will find a lot a Christians who claim to believe in Him and claim to have faith.
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
What in the world are Christians doing or not doing?
What kind of "faith" in God and in the Lord Jesus Christ do they really have?
Let's learn from a servant of His about faith.
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
So this applies BIG TIME to us in this final generation.
Why then is James telling us that IF we have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ that we should not have "respect of persons", which as we will see means to show partiality in judgment, exercising favoritism and giving preferential treatment, like to the wealthy for example?
Because it goes against God's law*!
Because if you have "faith" you had better be keeping and promoting the laws of Almighty God.
Here it is, the law concerning the respect of persons:
Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.
When you do any of those things you PERVERT the Word of God!!
That's right, when the rich buy their way out of their crimes and the courts in this nation show partiality and twist justice by letting them go when they are actually guilty, they all blaspheme God and His Words of righteousness!
Or perhaps you think the "law * " was done away with and our judges are free to be double minded and do whatever they "feel" is best and take bribes and look for some stupid "precedence" to justify their perverted decision!
* The only "laws" that were nailed to the cross were the laws contained in ordinances and religious statutes. In other words all blood sacrifices, ritualism, and religious ceremonies were done away with. Christians need to learn to rightly divide the word of God and learn there are different types of laws. You can start with a simple English dictionary.
The 10 Commandments and the laws which expound upon them in detail were never done away with nor destroyed.
Jesus Christ made that PERFECTLY CLEAR:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
He gives us the following example even as it relates to our assembling together in our churches today.
For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
In so much as the subject is going to be the "law", many attorneys (not all) and judges (not all) would certainly fit into this category.
In any case, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a person becoming wealthy through honest means and through the blessings of God.
Now suppose one of these rich-by-ill-gotten-gains lawyer dudes $how$ up in church with a ring of gold and perhaps the social status to go along with it, while at the same time someone from the "low rent" district, like Nazareth was in Christ's day, comes in.
How will you treat them?
(Try to "get real" and honest here because this is important if you are a servant of God. It's pretty easy to get starry-eyed when the rich and famous show up and unwittingly be drawn away from the Word.)
 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Well, for one thing, this is supposed to be the house of God they have both entered.
Will they find godliness or partiality from the keepers of His house?
If you show more respect to the rich man you do err, not just in your own sin which you have committed, but you do the rich man great harm and become a stumbling block before him by reinforcing in his mind that his rich status and/or loot "buys" him favor with God and he can also get away with oppression.
After all, he was able to buy favor with God's servants, wasn't he?
In that case, you did no better than the lawyers and the judges that you accuse of twisting justice for the rich.
Think about it.
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
Remember the scripture we quoted in our first study, concerning the church of Smyrna?
Rev. 2:9 "I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich)...".
Talk about the wealthy!
These folks of meager worldly means in this temporary flesh age are the inheritors of One who owns a lot of real estate... would you believe the entire universe?
So suppose it was one of God's beloved Smyrphs who showed up in street clothes and you gave him or her the cold shoulder while giving all your attention to the rich man?
Shame on you for dishonoring one who God honors!
But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
The same laws of justice should apply equally to the poor, the rich, and the politicians alike.
And it is also a disgrace how some churches cater to, thereby showing respect to, some of these "rich" oppressive men.
 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
(On a deeper level this should also bring to our minds that there is soon coming a time of "delivering up" to councils for His name's sake (Mat. 10:17).)
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
Royal = basilikos, bas-il-ee-kos', Greek 937; from Greek 935 (basileus); regal (in relation), i.e. (literal) belonging to (or befitting) the sovereign (as land, dress, or a courtier), or (figurative) preeminent :- king's, nobleman, royal.
It was supposed to be a trick question, the kind lawyers ask as a "set up".
Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
But He didn't!
This summarizes the first 5 of the 10 Commandments.Matthew 22:37
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
 This is the first and great commandment.
This summarizes the second 5 of the 10 Commandments. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Have you read ALL of the details concerning them in the law and the prophets?
But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
So if you judge with partiality and treat the rich better than the poor, then you transgress the law of God (Deut. 16:19), and that transgression of the law is sin!
1 John 3:4
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Therefore there is no need for Christians to repent of sin (for sin can no longer exist if there is no law) and so, hey, anything goes!
James is going to give a little clarification about the subject of law using the Big Ten (commandments that is).
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
It's either all or nothing!
(Again, you must know what laws we are talking about.)
Here's a simple example from the Ten Commandments to illustrate the point:
For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
Before Jesus Christ paid the price with His shed blood on the cross at Calvary, the transgressing of God's law carried with it the death penalty, right?
IT STILL DOES TODAY!... for even all of Christianity teaches that unless you accept Christ as your Savior and have repented of your sins (transgressions of the law) you will DIE!
And no one can perfectly keep the law of God, for "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God", i.e. all have (and do) transgress the law.
So salvation can only be achieved through Jesus Christ, but again, that doesn't mean the law is now null and void because you weren't saved by the law, but by His grace, or that there are no "works" for the Christian because you didn't need any works to be saved.
 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
Keep God's commandments so as to achieve salvation?
No, if you are saved, then keep the law to show you have faith is Jesus Christ.
If you transgress the law, you don't need re-saved, just repent and ask for forgiveness.
The law is not bad.
It is a very, very good thing!
It teaches us right from wrong and when properly followed in our Christian nation, which means enforcing the penalties to be executed upon criminals, it gives us liberty and freedom throughout our land.
Have you not read the inscription on our Liberty Bell taken directly from that perfect law?
Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.
James said "So speak ye, and so do."
If you talk the talk then you better walk the walk.
If you say you have faith then show it by being a doer.
How would we know the servants of God had faith unless we saw them in action.
Actions speak louder than words.
People are promoted by what they do, i.e. how they perform on the job.
So if you have looked into the perfect of law of liberty and you see yourself as a servant of God, a workman for Jesus Christ, and you claim you have faith, what do you see as your "job description" and what does your "job performance" evaluation sheet look like? What is written in your book?
Does it say:
1.) Hard working seed planter.
2.) Keeps up to date with what's happening by constantly studying the Word.
3.) Shows no respect of persons and judges others on their merits.
4.) Displays patience and wisdom in dealing with salvation prospects and those who have been sorely deceived by the unbridled tongues of competitively oriented ministers.
5.) Repentant when violating company rules.
Evaluation Remarks: Displays tremendous faith.
Or does your evaluation sheet read:
1.) Frequently does not show up
for work except perhaps once a week to punch the time clock.
2.) Routinely requests blessings and raises and asks why he's not receiving them.
3.) Is not knowledgeable with company policies, procedures, and rules which he believes are no longer applicable.
4.) Does not maintain the required continuing education credits in the Word to show himself approved by top management.
5.) Tends to pre-judge others who disagree with him and often gives preferential treatment.
6.) Doesn't believe working for the company means "working" for the company.
Evaluation Remarks: Claims to have faith but there seems to be little evidence of it.
In our next study James is going explain that faith without works is dead faith. Imagine that!
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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