1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold
the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.
2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine
clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes
3 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,”
4 have you not then made distinctions among
yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
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?
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?
7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the
honorable name by which you were called?
8 If you really fulfill the royal law
according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are
9 But if you show partiality, you are
committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in
one point has become guilty of all of it.
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.
12 So speak and so act as those who are to be
judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to
one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Idea: Mercy, not partiality is compatible with faith in our glorious Lord Jesus
by receiving the word/law (1:21)
out the word/law (1:22-25)
2. By partiality, we would become a judge against
God’s chosen (2:4-5) and take side with those rich who are against the body of
b. Drag to court
3. By partiality, we would break the whole Law
of God’s Kingdom (2:8-11)
a. You are committing sin as a transgressor
b. The royal law = the law of the kingdom à the Great Commandment
c. The Great Commandment ß the Ten Commandments
d. Break one, break all (2:10-11)
4. By partiality, we would be judged under the
law of liberty by which you
are saved (2:12-13a)
a. What is the law of liberty?
b. Essence of Law of liberty is mercy
c. Partiality shows no mercy or compassion
5. Ultimately Mercy triumphs over judgment
(2:13b) à True
a. Visit orphans and widows in their affliction
b. Keep oneself unstained from the world (1:27c)
a. Partiality can lead to all kinds of evil:
apartheid, slavery, racism, a
b. Contemplate: Cold-relief center, domestic
helpers among us
c. Challenge: Grow and maintain that soft heart