Whew! It's been a wonderful trip so far. We have seen the man in the mirror and found out about temptation. Knowing now God never tempts us. We also saw what wisdom looked like up close and personal.
I need to share this picture with you. This is what I see our journey into James-land as. In my minds eye, not only are we studying together, we are meandering down this path that leads to somewhere, to a time past when it maybe wasn't simpler but it was meaningful. The Natchez trail was an important trail, those who took the Mississippi down river could not float their boats back up river, so they broke them apart, sold the wood and walked back home to Memphis or Nashville from Natchez MS. So, as we go through this book, lets float our boat down the trail and break every chain that holds us back as we walk through the woods and let your journey be of greatness in the end.
We will find rest and comfort at the end of the journey, maybe we will find a little place to rest along the way though. Maybe sing some old hymns that touch the soul.
So, as we begin into James-land 2, we know that God has place His Words in the Scriptures, they are inspired by God to teach us what is true. James is for believers, if you have not asked Jesus to live and dwell in you, it's time. It's as easy as ABC. Admit that you need a Savior, Jesus, that you know He died on the cross for you, Believe that He died and rose again on the 3rd day, he came to seek and save you. Confess that you are in need of a Savior and that you want to make a U-turn and give it all to Him to deal with. The pray it. Believe it and know it.
Before we dig into this, let us pray. Heavenly Father, open our hearts, minds, and ears to hear your Word. Speak to us through your Word and let it soak us with truth and love. Let all your anointing in the Word come down on us and help us to remember important stops along the way. In Jesus mighty Name, Amen.
Are you ready for the first part of this journey? This chapter is a bit shorter and yet contains much.
James 2Amplified Bible (AMP)
The Sin of Partiality
I know I am not perfect and I have to work at this, what about you?
12 Speak and act [consistently] as people who are going to be judged by the law of liberty [that moral law that frees obedient Christians from the bondage of sin]. 13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; but [to the one who has shown mercy] mercy triumphs [victoriously] over judgment.
Those were big stops weren't they? Now let us ask these questions.
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14 What is the benefit, my fellow believers, if someone claims to have faith but has no [good] works [as evidence]? Can that [kind
of] faith save him? [No, a mere claim of faith is not sufficient —genuine faith produces good works.]
15 If a brother or sister is without [adequate] clothing and lacks [enough] food for each day, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace [with my blessing], [keep] warm and feed yourselves,” but he does not give them the necessities for the body, what good does that do? 17 So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself dead [inoperative and ineffective]
18 But someone may say, “You [claim to] have faith and I have [good] works; show me your [alleged] faith without the works [if you can], and I will show you my faith by my works [that is, by what I do].” 19 You believe that [g]God is one; you do well [to believe that]. The demons also believe [that], and shudder and bristle [in awe-filled terror—they have seen His wrath]! 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish [spiritually shallow] person, that faith without [good] works is useless? 21 Was our father Abraham not [shown to be] justified by works [of obedience which expressed his faith] when he offered Isaac his son on the altar [as a sacrifice to God]? 22 You see that [his] faith was working together with his works, and as a result of the works, his faith was completed [reaching its maturity when he expressed his faith through obedience].
23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and this [faith] was credited to him [by God] as righteousness and as conformity to His will,” and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see that a man (believer) is justified by works and not by faith alone [that is, by acts of obedience a born-again believer reveals his faith]. 25 In the same way, was Rahab the prostitute not justified by works too, when she received the [Hebrew] [h]spies as guests and protected them, and sent them away [to escape] by a different route? 26 For just as the [human] body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works [of obedience] is also dead.
See, you made it through... That wasn't so bad was it? Did you learn anything new? What did you get out of it?
Here is one man's thought on it.
So, you have made it through James 2. So far so good. Only a few chapters left. We will savor these two for a day or so and then walk through 3 tomorrow. Are you ready to continue to soak in God's Word?
Here is some more to ponder on from Into Thy Word.org
Abraham was saved by his faith in God (Gen. 15:6; 22; 26:4-5). What Abraham did was prove his faith by trusting in God and then backing up that trust by his obedience to God's directive, even though it seemed irrational to offer up his only son, for whom he had waited so long.
I would use these questions if I was teaching face to face, because I believe we can get help from others who have been just as passionate about studying the Word as we are. When I was teaching in the church, I would find so many sources to bring into helping teach what God had placed on my heart. Sometimes, we have to. I gave credit where it is needed.