Main point summary
Do not show favoritism in the faith, but rather love all and show mercy.
My brothers, 1 w show no partiality
as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ,
x the Lord of glory.
For if a man wearing a gold ring
and fine clothing comes into your assembly,
and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,
and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing
“You sit here in a good place,”
y while you say to the poor man,
“You stand over there,”
or, “Sit down at my feet,”
have you not then made distinctions among yourselves
and become z judges with evil thoughts?
Listen, my beloved brothers,
a has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be b rich in faith
and heirs of c the kingdom,
d which he has promised to those who love him?
But you e have dishonored the poor man.
Are not the rich the ones who oppress you,
and the ones who f drag you g into court?
Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable h name by which you were called?
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture,
i “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,”
you are doing well.
But if you j show partiality,
you are committing sin
and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
For whoever keeps the whole law
but fails in one point
k has become accountable for all of it.
For he who said, l “Do not commit adultery,” also said,
l “Do not murder.”
If you do not commit adultery
but do murder,
you have become a transgressor of the law.
and so act
as those who are to be judged under m the law of liberty.
For n judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy.
Mercy triumphs over judgment.
A few devotional thoughts... - "Lord of glory" really struck me. There have been individuals set as lords over many things (lands, etc.), but Jesus is here referred to as the lord ... Of glory. Pretty cool to think about. Not to mention, the king of kings and lord of lords (rev 19:16). With that said, if anyone should get our attention or favoritism in assembly, it should be Jesus. - "whoever keeps... is guilty of all" Gal 3:10 Adds that a curse is on anyone who does not do all things in the law. This magnifies the grace and mercy of God. - on a practical note, let us fight to love everyone in our assembly. Not showing favoritism. It's actually the poor of the world that God has chosen to give great riches and make heirs of the kingdom (vs 5)