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1 My [mou] brethren [adelphos], have [echo] not [me] the faith [pistis] of our [hemon] Lord [kurios] Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos], the Lord
of glory [doxa], with [en] respect of persons [prosopolepsia]. KJV-Interlinear
1 My brethren, do not hold your
faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal
In the previous chapter, James spelled out the true
nature or process of the Christian life.With freedom provided by faith, comes responsibility in the function of
the liberty of our spiritual life.
God mandates that we grow up, be mature, and advance
in our spiritual life as productive and responsible believers, seeking God
first through our function within our spiritual life, empathy and sympathy
toward others, and self last.
He does not sponsor bystanders, unproductive members,
who are quick to take, and are reluctant to and refuse to give.
With salvation comes great blessing.The fact that a believer will end up in heaven
is infinitely better than the alternative of the Lake of Fire.However, the believer who advances in his
spiritual life to maturity, will receive blessings and reward, which are
infinitely greater than those who do not advance in their spiritual life.
And though these two blessings are phenomenal and
infinitely beyond anything available on this earth, believers are warned to not
deem themselves as better, or superior, than anyone else.Recall that we are all dust, and in what
manner can a speck of dust boast to another speck of dust?
Look about you and see the amazing differences in the
faces of people.Some are startlingly
attractive while others lack beauty.But, they all have the same common denominator - dust.
God formed us all and used the most worthless of
ingredients.And out of dust come
artists, doctors, the beautiful sparkling eyes of a child, and more.What can man boast of?
All blessing, all promotion, all reward, all provision
comes from God and from no other.Why
then would people slobber all over a person who possesses gold rings and purple
robes, over the poor?Why then do people
lean with bias toward those whom they perceive might give them attention,
promotion, or more?
Mans role on this earth is to prove Satan wrong and God
right.God has placed each individual
into history, with every possible and conceivable circumstance, in order to
demonstrate His wisdom over that of every other creature, including and
You should be thankful that you possess life.You should be thankful that you possess
salvation.You should be thankful that
God has done immeasurable things for you.Even giving you the honor of a role in history, for the purpose of
defeating Satan, evil and death.
Why then would anyone throw away that blessing, and
exchange it for the world, which amounts to a grand total of nothing?
What can the world give you, that is greater than that
from God?What can another person give
you, that is greater than that from God?From whom, or from what, can you gain anything that will be greater than
that which comes from God?
Then why sin, why scam, why play games with people and
life, why ignore truth, which indifference of arrogance will gain you total
failure in life, and destroy your eternal blessings. Eternity is a very ling time, therefore its
value cannot be measured by human means.And yet most folks wrestle over the mud of this earth.
Eventually we will discover in this Book of James,
that there are three levels of grace.
The first is common grace or that which applies to all
people, believer and unbeliever alike.
The second is grace, or that which applies to all
believers regardless of their spiritual growth.
And the third level, is greater grace, which is the
level of grace that applies to mature believers only.
The third level is your target, your goal, the end of
your spiritual race, to which you should pursue with all of your strength and
purpose in life.
Therefore, honor God first, through Christ, honor
others second, and reserve yourself to last, and let God promote you in His
good time, not yours.
God has a plan for your life.His plan is far greater than anything you can
do for yourself.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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