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CHAPTER 2 — PRACTICALITY OF THE MASTER (TRUTH PRACTICED)
Key Verse — 2:12
A. Love your brother — 2:1-13
1. The Exhortation (No Respect of Persons) 2:1
—Dr. Lehman Strauss: Never Show Favoritism based on a person's...
a. Possessions
b. Position
c. Personality
d. Pedigree
— A real test of our faith is how we treat other people
2. The Example — 2:2-4
— Two men attending church. They were judged based on outward appearance.
3. The Examination 2:5-13
a. The Principle: passion toward all with no partiality toward any. 2:8
— The royal law: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
b. The Process: judged by the law of liberty. 2:12
c. The Pronouncement. 2:9,13
(1) You commit sin — 2:9
(2) You receive judgment without mercy — 2:13
— Charles Swindoll:
• Let Scripture be your standard — 2:1-2
• Let love be your law — 2:8
• Let mercy be your message — 2:13
B. Live your belief — 2:14-26
— There is no act of grace in the heart where there is no activity of grace in the life.
— Will the real phony please stand up?
— Two key questions introduce this section:
(1) What is the use of saying you have faith unless you prove it with your actions? 2:14
(2) Will this kind of faith save any one? 2:14
— James versus Paul, is there a contradiction?
— Justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
— You see how by works a man is justified and not by faith only.
— Paul: the Root — God's part — Justification.
— James: the Fruit — Man's part — Validation.
— By faith, righteousness is declared.
— By works, righteousness is demonstrated.
1. Essential Faith;
— There are over 150 verses in the New Testament that base salvation on faith (believing God).
— Definition of faith: belief; complete trust; something believed with strong conviction.
— Faith is belief in action.
— Faith is the link that binds our nothingness to His almightiness.
— There are a thousand ways to please God but not one without faith.
Faith perceives the invisible, believes the incredible, receives the impossible!
a. Commence by faith — Salvation — ; , ;
b. Continue by faith — Service — ;
c. Conclude by faith — Satisfaction -
2. Experiential Faith (Genuine Faith) — 2:17,22
— Charles Swindoll:
• It is not indifferent: People of genuine faith become involved in the lives of others. 2:15-16
• It is not independent: There will be a marriage of faith and works. 2:17
• It is not invisible: “To Show” means to bring to light; to display; to exhibit. 2:18
• It is not intellectual: Not a “mental assent” to the gospel but “heart consent”. 2:19-20
3. Evidential Faith — 2:21-26
— Illustration: He uses two different people.
a. Abraham: Male, Jew, Friend of God — 2:25
(1) Basis of Faith 2:23
(2) Behavior of Faith 2:21
(3) Benefits of Faith 2:23
b. Rahab: Female, Gentile, Harlot — 2:25
(1) Basis of Faith
(2) Behavior of Faith
(3) Benefits of Faith
— Wherever you find separation you find death.
• Separation of the soul from the body: physical death.
• Separation of the soul from God: spiritual death.
• Separation of works from faith: dead faith.
FAITH: FORSAKING ALL I TRUST HIM. HE IS TRUSTWORTHY!
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