“My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.” James 2:1
How can you claim that you belong to Christ, the Lord of glory;
- if you show favoritism to rich people and look down on poor people? Judging a man by his wealth isn’t godly, doing it shows that you are guided by wrong motives.
- if you have respect of persons?
- if you have faith but have no works – can faith save you? “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:20
Concerning the poor; don’t you know that the poor we despise have already their share in the kingdom of God. James 2:5 says, “….Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” But you have despised the poor! Remember the story of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16; “Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.” Luke 16:25
“But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” James 2:9
You will be judged on whether or not you are doing what Christ wants you to. So watch what you do and what you think; for there will be no mercy to those who have shown no mercy. But if you have been merciful, then God’s mercy toward you will win out over his judgment against you.
Fulfil the royal law
James 2:8-12 says,
“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.  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point , he is guilty of all.  For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.  So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.”