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James Chapter 2:1-4

My brothers, show no partiality (favoritism) as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

James 2:1-4
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My brothers, show no partiality (favoritism) as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.
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For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,
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and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,”
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have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
  1. What does James say about partiality (showing favoritism)?
    James 2:1
    My brothers, show no partiality (favoritism) as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.
  2. If you show favoritism to a rich man, what have you done?
    James 2:2-3
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    For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,
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    and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,”
  3. If you do this, how have you become?
    James 2:4
    have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

James Chapter 2:5-7

Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?

James 2:5-7
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Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
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But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?
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Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
  1. Who has God chosen to be rich in faith?
    James 2:5
    Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
  2. What will the poor be heirs of?
    James 2:5
    Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
  3. Who has been dishonored?
    James 2:6
    But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?
  4. Who oppresses you and drags you to court?
    James 2:6
    But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?
  5. Who do they blaspheme?
    James 2:7
    Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

James Chapter 2:8-13

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin.

James 2:8-13
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If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
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But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
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For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
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For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
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So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.
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For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
  1. What is the royal law according to the Scripture?
    James 2:8
    If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.
  2. But if you show partiality, what do you commit?
    James 2:9
    But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
  3. By what are you convicted?
    James 2:9
    But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
  4. Who is guilty of all?
    James 2:10
    For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
  5. How do you become a transgressor of the law?
    James 2:11
    For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
  6. How are we to speak and do?
    James 2:12
    So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.
  7. To whom is judgment without mercy?
    James 2:13
    For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

James Chapter 2:14-17

James 2:14-17
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What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
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If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,
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and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
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So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

  1. Does it profit a man if he says he has faith, but does not have works?
    James 2:14
    What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
  2. If someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
    James 2:14
    What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
  3. If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
    James 2:15-16
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    If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,
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    and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
  4. What is faith, if it is by itself, and it does not have works?
    James 2:17
    So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

James Chapter 2:18-24

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe; and tremble.

James 2:18-24
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But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
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You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
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Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?
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Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?
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You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;
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and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
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You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

  1. What will someone say?
    James 2:18
    But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
  2. How does James say that he will show you his faith?
    James 2:18
    But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
  3. If you believe in God, do you do well?
    James 2:19
    You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
  4. When the demons believe in God, do they do well?
    James 2:19
    You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
  5. What is faith, that has no works?
    James 2:20
    Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?
  6. When was Abraham our father, justified by works?
    James 2:21
    Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?
  7. What do you see by this?
    James 2:22
    You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;
  8. How was his faith made perfect?
    James 2:22
    You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;
  9. What does the Scripture say about Abraham?
    James 2:23
    and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
  10. What do you see then?
    James 2:24
    You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

James Chapter 2:25-26

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

James 2:25-26
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And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
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For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

  1. How was Rahab the harlot justified?
    James 2:25
    And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
  2. As the body without the spirit is dead, so what is faith without works?
    James 2:26
    For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.