TITLE: Partiality is Sin
By Philip Barrington
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Things I have learned!
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, [the] Lord of glory, with respect of persons:James 2:1
To point out more of an understanding, this verse says, we as brothers and sisters that belong to our Lord Jesus Christ, favouritism must not be shown.
Gills Exposition puts it like this:
“That is, such as have, and hold, and profess the faith of Christ, ought not along with it to use respect of persons, or to make such a distinction among the saints”
This is happening today. Is it not sad? I remember not so long ago, the church building was going to be reasonably packed. I could not see because of eye problems. While speaking with me and hands on me, I was shuffled to the back of the church because visitors were their priority. I believe some consideration could have been executed because of my eye problem. But no attempt was made to help out. I am not saying this because of hurt. But I thought at the time, that their attitude was so wrong.
James is saying here that a distinction of the saints should not even be considered. I asked my self with the seating problem. “Was I asking for favouritism?” “No!” was the answer that came back to me. I was asking for consideration and if it weren’t possible, then sitting at the back may have been the only answer. But I saw in their shuffling an attitude, that they had favouritism amongst the church.
Our Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is nothing short of the same, without partiality. We have the same Lord, the same faith, the same law of liberty of grazing and having the freedom of Christ.
“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” James 2:8, 9 (K.J.V) (be free to look up in N.I.V).
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