RESPECT THAT IS CHARACTERISTIC OF THE GOSPEL
NT: Mt 20:20…, Rom 2:11, Eph 6:9, Col 3:25
THE ISSUE IN THE EARLY CHURCH
•These were individuals who were thoroughbred with the OT law (1:1)
•Religiosity is not necessarily true religion (1:25,26)
•In their new covenant faith there were practices and the lack of practices that deflected the Glory of Christ.
WHAT WAS THE ISSUE AT HAND?
•Wealth was conferring a spiritual status
•James says its evil, but why?
•The entry into the KoG is not gained by wealth (Mt 19:23-24; Lk 6:20)
•The rich in the congregation were not exemplifying Christlike character
ADDRESSING THE SIN
•James brings to mind the words of Jesus and the OT (Mt 22:37-40)
•Why is it called a ‘Royal Law’? It seems that its demonstration is an indication of the giver of the commandment who is a King. King Jesus.
•A lawbreaker in God’s sight is one who has failed even in ‘one’
•Partiality not curtailed grows to discriminate and lacks compassion. Warning!..Judgement
Task yourself with interpreting the ‘Royal Law’ and its practice constantly