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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 brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.
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For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,
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and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, "You sit here in a good place," and say to the poor man, "You stand there," or, "Sit here at my footstool,"
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have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
  1. What does James say about partiality (showing favoritism)?
    James 2:1
    My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality.
  2. If you show favoritism to a rich man, what have you done?
    James 2:2-3
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    For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,
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    and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, "You sit here in a good place," and say to the poor man, "You stand there," or, "Sit here at my footstool,"
  3. If you do this, how have you become?
    James 2:4
    have you not shown partiality 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 brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
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But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?
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Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?
  1. Who has God chosen to be rich in faith?
    James 2:5
    Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
  2. What will the poor be heirs of?
    James 2:5
    Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
  3. Who has been dishonored?
    James 2:6
    But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?
  4. Who oppresses you and drags you to court?
    James 2:6
    But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?
  5. Who do they blaspheme?
    James 2:7
    Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are 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 do well;
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but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
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For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
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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.
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So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
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For judgment is without mercy to the 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 do well;
  2. But if you show partiality, what do you commit?
    James 2:9
    but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
  3. By what are you convicted?
    James 2:9
    but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
  4. Who is guilty of all?
    James 2:10
    For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
  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." Now if you do not commit adultery, but you 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 do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
  7. To whom is judgment without mercy?
    James 2:13
    For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

James Chapter 2:14-17

James 2:14-17
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What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
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If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
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and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
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Thus 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 does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
  2. If someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
    James 2:14
    What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can 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 naked and destitute of daily food,
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    and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
  4. What is faith, if it is by itself, and it does not have works?
    James 2:17
    Thus 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 without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
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You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe; and tremble!
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But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
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Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
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Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
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And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God.
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You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

  1. What will someone say?
    James 2:18
    But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without 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 without 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 there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe; and tremble!
  4. When the demons believe in God, do they do well?
    James 2:19
    You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe; and tremble!
  5. What is faith, that has no works?
    James 2:20
    But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
  6. When was Abraham our father, justified by works?
    James 2:21
    Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
  7. What do you see by this?
    James 2:22
    Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
  8. How was his faith made perfect?
    James 2:22
    Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
  9. What does the Scripture say about Abraham?
    James 2:23
    And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God.
  10. What do you see then?
    James 2:24
    You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

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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Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
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For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

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