#8 in the series "James- - Soundness Of Soul"
Hearing the Word puts us on line with the Father's values. Genuine faith isn't a shapeless set of convictions. It's a visible, doable, liveable way of being, with a specific shape and identity. Faith in Christ is accepting God's glorious gospel of mercy through the death and resurrection of His eternal Son, Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ begins and is sustained as God gives His grace and mercy to only one class of people - undeserving sinners.
But as precious as that truth is, it's not the whole story. There is something even better. Sinners who repent and turn to Jesus - sinners who hold faith in our Lord Jesus Christ- not only get saved, they become "my brothers"(2:1). And James point in using that term is obvious in this context. If your family gets together at Christmas and you tell the son who is a doctor to sit at the table and carve the turkey, while the son who is unemployed is told to sit in the corner on the floor, you have one sick family gathering.
There is something that binds brothers together, but it's not social status or income. It's common parenthood. It's being of the same roots, the same family. Partiality has no place among brothers.
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