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05 James 2:1-7 Show no Partiality (James 2:1-7)Krisan Marotta, March 11, 2015
Part of the James series, taught at a Precepts Charlottesville Bible study
Judging by external appearance is at the heart of James 2:1-7. But James is not concerned with whether we are nice to people or not. James is raising a more profound question: how are you looking at the world?
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1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2For 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; 3And 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: 4Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5Hearken, 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? 6But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? (KJV)