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How can you tell the sincerity of your faith?  By the words that you speak.
James 3:1-12
To behold Christ is to be transformed in believing obedience
James 2:14-26
True Religion is displayed in a sanctified love for God and love for neighbour.
James 1:19-27
Those who fall away do so because of sin and lack love for God and not because God is unfaithful to keep his saints.
James 1:12-18
Trials increase our faith to God, but when they are difficult God gives aid to see his unswerving goodness in Christ, our exaltation.
James 1:2-11
For Christians: rejection of a God who sent his Son to die for us and his Spirit to restore us yields an incomparably severe punishment.
Hebrews 10:26-31
Worldly Success is No Sure Sign of God's Favour.
James 4:13-17
The perfect Jesus is the perfect high priest, the perfect sacrifice, and the source of a perfect, everlasting covenant.
Hebrews 7:20-28
God shall keep you through the prayer of others for your joyful growth in theology leading to a life of grateful doxology.
Colossians 1:9-12
A people saved for a glorious purpose.
Exodus 19:4-6
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!  Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
1 Peter 1:3-5
We need gospel-unity because it is a gift from God for our assurance and for Christ's glory.
Philippians 1:27-30
The Immeasurable Gift of the Gospel
2 Corinthians 5:21
God's Love, God's Salvation, God's Grace, God's Glory.
Ephesians 2:1-10
Christians, if someone wrongs you and refuses to humbly repent, then let him go, because God desires to keep and protect you from his sin.
Matthew 18:15-20
I cling to my Lord who is my Helper, Saviour and Friend.
1 Peter 3:18
We have full confidence in the revealed, illumined and inspired Word of God given to us by the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2
What is more amazing than being set free from sin?  Being set free to Christ, our righteousness and keeper forever.
1 Peter 2:24-25
As those identified with Christ, we are called to live new lives enabled by a glorious God.
Romans 6:1-4
Death in Adam; life in Christ.
Romans 5
If you have been called to preach the gospel, do not relent, because God delights in your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:1-8
Grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever.
2 Timothy 3
What does a false teacher look like?  He appears to be godly, but, in truth, he seeks only to steal and devour.  Avoid these wolves.
2 Timothy 3:1-9
Scripture is from God alone.  Let no man claim otherwise.
Galatians 1
Although our sin deserves punishment, the love and grace of God, through Christ, intercede to give us everlasting joy.
Romans 5:1-17
What is our joy?  It is not ourselves.  It is the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:6-11
Condemnation follows us in Adam, but Rejoicing is our reward in Christ
Romans 5:1-14
Good News! The life, death and resurrection of Christ is the source of our faith, pardon, justification, and reconciliation to God.
Romans 5:1-11
Rejoice!  God doesn't just save, and God doesn't just promise a future, but He promises His love and help for those who believe now.
Romans 5:1-5
Faith in God to fulfill His promises by grace is the only way by which we can be saved
Romans 4:13-25
Abraham was justified by faith, as are those who follow in his footsteps.
Romans 4:1-12
Who is the blessed man?  He who seeks after the very things of God.  To Him shall be a heavenly reward and satisfaction forever.
Psalms 1
Righteousness is a gift to those who cannot save themselves, and, instead, fall at the cross and confess Christ as Lord.
Romans 3
In God there is no contradiction, for the law condemns self-righteous sinners, but God saves the repentant who believe in Christ.
Romans 3:1-26
Church, set your minds on things above by loving one another as Christ loved you, which is your thanksgiving to God.
Colossians 3:12-17
What is the advantage of having the Law?  To know God's will.  Does the law justify?  No, it condemns.  Simply, the Law is good, we are not.
Romans 3:1-20
God is immeasurably compassionate, so much so that we cannot truly grasp it, and yet, it is exactly sufficient to accomplish His plans.
Jonah 4
God saves us to show us Himself.  Namely, that He is unlike any other and requires our worship through obedience.
Deuteronomy 4:32-40
It is not too late!  Repent and Believe!  He is merciful and mighty, alone, to save.
Jonah 3
When we are in despair without hope of deliverance, look to the merciful Lord who is faithful to save and deliver.
Jonah 2
Obey when God calls.  Reject God and suffer the consequences.  In both obedience and disobedience, God will accomplish His purposes.
Jonah 1
In Christ we are made heirs to the throne of God, justified by faith, children of promise and free from the shackles of law.
Galatians 3:15-29
The Law was Given for Blessing, but it Became a Curse
Romans 3:1-8
God is Holy, We are Sinful, He shall Judge the Nations.
Romans 2
How Does God Prevent Divine Contradiction? By Revealing His Power in the Gospel.
Romans 1
Marks of True Salvation: A New Heart, Divine Conviction and the Delight of God Alone.
Romans 2:25-29
God wants us for Himself, so He does it by Himself, for our joy, and His worship.
Psalms 23
Jews, the bearers of the law, are not exempt from the wrath of God
Romans 2:17-24
Spiritual gifts in the public assembly are for its mutual benefit and the reflection of God's character.
1 Corinthians 14:26-40
Christ, Our Master and Commander - the Anchor of Our Faith.
Matthew 8:23-27
Men lead as men, women submit as women, and do it for the pleasure of God and the gospel.
1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Prayer for the Peace of God Rooted in the Character of God Given to the People of God through the Son of God.
1 Timothy 2
Healthy Churches for Christ-Centred, Gospel-Hearing, Cross-Bearing Peoples.
Acts 6:1-8
No one receives pardon, all are to be judged. For those in the law, Christ's example condemns.
Romans 2:12-16
If you are good, then God shall give life; If you are bad, then God shall render destruction.
Romans 2:6-11
Come ye weary, heavy-laden, lost and ruined by the fall, if you tarry, till you're better, you will never come at all.
Romans 2:1-5
How do we stay motivated to share the gospel to the nations? We see the immensity of the grace that we first received.
Romans 1:1-7
When God gives us up to our sinfulness, it is a complete destruction of everything He originally intended.
Romans 1:28-32
What is the result when God abandons sinners? They seek pleasure in things just like themselves, which will always be insufficient.
Romans 1:26-27
God abandons those who refuse to love and obey Him, but such abandonment does not come without a hope of restoration.
Romans 1:24-25
God alone saves and justifies
Romans 1:16-17
What is the primary motivation for God's wrath against humanity, and what is man's chief sin?
Romans 1:18-23
We need to praise God for the faithfulness of gospel-centred missions, but the task is not complete. Does God call me to go? Faithful steps.
Romans 1:8-15
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Mercy and Not Sacrifice
James 2:1-13
Blessed is the man who desires to do good with his whole being without partiality, for God has saved him wholly.
#mercy
#charity
#love
Published June 2nd, 2020; Updated July 8th, 2020
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To behold the glorious Christ is not to receive someone according to their face but according the fact that Christ faced the partiality of man, so that man would not have to face the partiality of God. To live in light of our identity in Christ is to live as those who exercise mercy to all without reservation. For we have received mercy without reservation through Christ who paid the penalty of our sins without reservation.
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Ἀδελφοί μου, μὴ ἐν προσωπολημψίαις ἔχετε τὴν πίστιν τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ τῆς δόξης.
My brothers, do not hold, in partiality, the faith of our Lord, the glorious Jesus Christ.
ἐὰν γὰρ εἰσέλθῃ εἰς συναγωγὴν ὑμῶν ἀνὴρ χρυσοδακτύλιος
For if a man with a gold ring enters into your synagogue
ἐν ἐσθῆτι λαμπρᾷ,
in bright clothing,
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εἰσέλθῃ δὲ καὶ πτωχὸς
then a poor man also enters
ἐν ῥυπαρᾷ ἐσθῆτι,
in filthy clothing,
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ἐπιβλέψητε δὲ ἐπὶ τὸν φοροῦντα τὴν ἐσθῆτα τὴν λαμπρὰν
then you look well upon the one who wears the bright clothing
καὶ εἴπητε• σὺ κάθου ὧδε καλῶς,
and say, "you rightly sit here,"
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καὶ τῷ πτωχῷ
and to the poor man,
εἴπητε• σὺ στῆθι ἢ κάθου ἐκεῖ ὑπὸ τὸ ὑποπόδιόν μου,
you say, "you stand or sit there, namely, by my footstool (as a servant),
progression
καὶ οὐ διεκρίθητε ἐν ἑαυτοῖς
then were you not distinguished among yourselves
καὶ ἐγένεσθε κριταὶ διαλογισμῶν πονηρῶν;
and did you become judges with evil thoughts?
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Ἀκούσατε, ἀδελφοί μου ἀγαπητοί• οὐχ ὁ θεὸς ἐξελέξατο τοὺς πτωχοὺς τῷ κόσμῳ
Listen, my beloved brothers, did God not elect the poor in the world
πλουσίους ἐν πίστει
to be rich in faith
καὶ κληρονόμους τῆς βασιλείας ἧς ἐπηγγείλατο τοῖς ἀγαπῶσιν αὐτόν;
and inheritors of the kingdom, which he promised to those who love him?
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ὑμεῖς δὲ ἠτιμάσατε τὸν πτωχόν.
But you dishonoured the poor one.
concessive
οὐχ οἱ πλούσιοι καταδυναστεύουσιν ὑμῶν
Do the rich not overpower you
καὶ αὐτοὶ ἕλκουσιν ὑμᾶς εἰς κριτήρια;
and drag you into the courtroom?
οὐκ αὐτοὶ βλασφημοῦσιν τὸ καλὸν ὄνομα τὸ ἐπικληθὲν ἐφʼ ὑμᾶς;
Do they not blaspheme the good name that calls upon you?
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Εἰ μέντοι νόμον τελεῖτε βασιλικὸν κατὰ τὴν γραφήν•
If, on the one hand, you complete the royal law according to Scripture,
ἀγαπήσεις τὸν πλησίον σου ὡς σεαυτόν,
"You shall love your neighbour as yourself,"
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καλῶς ποιεῖτε•
you are doing well.
εἰ δὲ προσωπολημπτεῖτε,
But if, on the other hand, you show partiality,
ἁμαρτίαν ἐργάζεσθε
you are working sin
ἐλεγχόμενοι
and/when you are being corrected
ὑπὸ τοῦ νόμου
by the law
ὡς παραβάται.
as transgressors.
comparison
temporal
ὅστις γὰρ ὅλον τὸν νόμον τηρήσῃ
For whoever might/desires to keep the whole law,
πταίσῃ δὲ ἐν ἑνί,
but stumbles (even) in one (of its commands),
γέγονεν πάντων ἔνοχος.
he has become liable for all of it.
ὁ γὰρ εἰπών• μὴ μοιχεύσῃς,
For the one who said, "he does not commit adultery,"
εἶπεν καί• μὴ φονεύσῃς•
also (must have) said, "he did not murder."
bothand
εἰ δὲ οὐ μοιχεύεις
But if you do not commit adultery,
φονεύεις δέ,
but you murder,
γέγονας παραβάτης νόμου.
you have become a transgressor of the law.
Οὕτως λαλεῖτε
Thus, speak
καὶ οὕτως ποιεῖτε
and do
ὡς διὰ νόμου ἐλευθερίας
as if, through the law of liberty,
μέλλοντες κρίνεσθαι.
you are about to be judged
ἡ γὰρ κρίσις ἀνέλεος τῷ μὴ ποιήσαντι ἔλεος•
For the (coming) judgment is merciless to the one who does not practice mercy.
κατακαυχᾶται ἔλεος κρίσεως.
Mercy triumphs over/against judgment
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When you're looking to serve others (perhaps speaking of serving other Christians), don't show favouritism to one group over the other (show charity to everyone).
You are either perfect or not perfect.
You dishonoured the poor then the rich dishonoured you!
These people who do good for the rich are people who want to be seen and noticed and venerated for their works--they are the people who do to get. They are not the ones who keep secret from the left hand what the right is doing.
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Ἀδελφοί
drop
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prepphrase
pstack
cword
μου
pred
subjectverb
ἔχετε
μὴ
ἐν
προσωπολημψίαις
directobject
τὴν
πίστιν
τοῦ
κυρίου
ἡμῶν
Ἰησοῦ
Χριστοῦ
τῆς
δόξης
vsnum
James 2:1
γὰρ
rocketship
διεκρίθητε
οὐ
καὶ
ἐγένεσθε
vertical
ἐν
ἑαυτοῖς
predicate
κριταὶ
διαλογισμῶν
πονηρῶν
καὶ
εἴπητε
ἐπιβλέψητε
εἴπητε
ἐπὶ
τὸν
φοροῦντα
τὴν
ἐσθῆτα
τὴν
λαμπρὰν
shelf
σὺ
κάθου
ὧδε
καλῶς
καὶ
τῷ
πτωχῷ
σὺ
στῆθι
κάθου
ἐκεῖ
ὑπὸ
τὸ
ὑποπόδιόν
μου
καὶ
ἀνὴρ
εἰσέλθῃ
εἰς
συναγωγὴν
ὑμῶν
ἐν
ἐσθῆτι
λαμπρᾷ
χρυσοδακτύλιος
πτωχὸς
εἰσέλθῃ
καὶ
ἐν
ἐσθῆτι
ῥυπαρᾷ
δὲ
δὲ
ἐὰν
James 2:2
James 2:4
James 2:3
James 2:5
ἀδελφοί
μου
ἀγαπητοί
Ἀκούσατε
θεὸς
ἐξελέξατο
οὐχ
τοὺς
πτωχοὺς
τῷ
κόσμῳ
πλουσίους
κληρονόμους
ἐν
πίστει
τῆς
βασιλείας
καὶ
ἐπηγγείλατο
τοῖς
ἀγαπῶσιν
αὐτόν
ἧς
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δὲ
James 2:6
ὑμεῖς
ἠτιμάσατε
τὸν
πτωχόν
οἱ
πλούσιοι
καταδυναστεύουσιν
οὐχ
ὑμῶν
αὐτοὶ
ἕλκουσιν
ὑμᾶς
εἰς
κριτήρια
καὶ
James 2:7
αὐτοὶ
βλασφημοῦσιν
οὐκ
τὸ
ὄνομα
καλὸν
τὸ
ἐπικληθὲν
ἐφʼ
ὑμᾶς
ποιεῖτε
καλῶς
τελεῖτε
νόμον
βασιλικὸν
κατὰ
τὴν
γραφήν
ἀγαπήσεις
τὸν
πλησίον
σου
σεαυτόν
ὡς
Εἰ
μέντοι
James 2:8
δὲ
James 2:9
ἐργάζεσθε
ἁμαρτίαν
participle
ἐλεγχόμενοι
ὑπὸ
τοῦ
νόμου
παραβάται
προσωπολημπτεῖτε
εἰ
ὡς
γὰρ
James 2:10
γέγονεν
ἔνοχος
πάντων
ὅστις
τηρήσῃ
τὸν
νόμον
ὅλον
πταίσῃ
ἐν
ἑνί
δὲ
γὰρ
James 2:11
γέγονας
παραβάτης
νόμου
μοιχεύεις
οὐ
φονεύεις
δὲ
λαλεῖτε
ποιεῖτε
καὶ
μέλλοντες
κρίνεσθαι
διὰ
νόμου
ἐλευθερίας
ὡς
Οὕτως
οὕτως
εἰ
δέ
James 2:13
γὰρ
κρίσις
ἀνέλεος
τῷ
ποιήσαντι
μὴ
ἔλεος
ἔλεος
κατακαυχᾶται
κρίσεως
James 2:12
εἶπεν
καί
εἰπών
μοιχεύσῃς
φονεύσῃς
μὴ
possession (of evil thoughts)
dative of place
Pred. Acc. (to be)
gen. obj.
A.C./temporal
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