Book Of James Chapter # 2 Notes

James Chapter #2

Vs 1 – Don’t be partial to certain people EXAMPLE: Only try to get people in church whoa re wealthy or of a certain class. Don’t ignore the poor or the down and out. The Pharisee and Publican are an example of this. Also the Good Samaritan – Luke 10:25 & 30-37

Vs 2 – 4 In a nutshell; don’t turn away the poor and downtrodden. Everyone has a soul and Christ died for all and all need the Saviour.

Vs 5 – For the poor (according to society’s standards), are RICH in their faith. I Timothy 6:17 = their riches consist in faith in God. Luke 12:21 Often, the people with the least material goods tend to have more faith in God and His Word.

Vs 6 – James is dealing with the relationship of some of his congregation, with those who are poor according to societies standards. “despised” = treated shamefully; dishonoring them “rich” = the upper class of people “oppress” = they often use their power against you “before the judgment seats” = they take you to court with lawsuits. Not all rich do this, but generally speaking.

Vs 7 – “worthy Name” = Christ Their oppressors were mostly the very wealthy – they persecuted Christians and blasphemed the Name of Jesus. James is teaching: Why are some of you showing favoritism to those who despise you?

Vs 8 – Royal Law – Leviticus 19:18 and Jesus taught in Matthew 22:37-40 The Royal Law comes from the King of Kings and is given to us in Scriptures

Vs 9 – To show a preference or a partiality, would break Gods Law

Vs 10-11 – Vs 8-9 begin with the word “if” meaning: James does not saw that this occurred, but “IF” it did occur, the one doing the wrong would be guilty of breaking Gods Law.

Vs 10 – It is easy to keep that part of Gods Word that is convenient to keep. The Rabbi’s taught that: “If God should be obeyed in any one instance, He should be obeyed in all.” Gods authority is the same in every case. The Rabbi’s also taught that: “Any one sin has the seeds of all others in it.”

Vs 12 – Obedience to Gods Word is to be out of our love for God. Gods Law of Liberty frees us from the curse of the Law so that we can be free to love and willingly obey.

Vs 13 – Those who show partiality and shows no mercy, will have no mercy shown to them.

Matthew 5:7 The context is: showing partiality to the upper class over another class (poor). Rich & poor alike are sinners & in need of the Savior. It is not sweet to take revenge but to grant forgiveness.

Vs 14 – The Apostle Paul teaches: Romans 3:28 – Paul is referring to faith to be saved and not works to save our soul.

Justification is by grace – Romans 11:

James teaches: Faith which does not bring forth works is not that faith  that justifies or saves us, but it is a false image of that faith.

Faith that saves us has a real value and is shown by our outward good works. They are evidence that we have been saved.

The justification that Paul speaks of, is different from that taught by James; the one speaks of our persons being justified before God, the other speaks of our faith being  justified before men.

The verse states: “though a man may say he hath faith …”  It does not say: “if a man has faith.”  “can faith save him?” – the faith a person pretends to have; the empty name of boasted faith, contrasted with true fruit-producing faith.

A dead faith cannot bring life into a person who is dead in trespasses and sins. Can one corpse bring life into another dead corpse?

Vs 15 – 16 – if you tell a hungry person, a fellow Christian, “fill your belly” and give him nothing: this is not true faith, but truly a dead thing called with the name of faith.

The same is said about the person who needs clothes or a coat etc.

“Words” do not feed or clothe anyone.

“what does it profit?” = How does mere words help them; take away the hunger or the cold etc.

Vs 17 –  faith which hath not works is a mere dead, empty notion.

James 2:26 –  If you don’t back up your faith by works, your faith is dead, being by itself “alone,”

The faith is dead = severed from works of charity; just as the body would be “dead” if it was severed from your spirit.

Vs 18 – “shew” = exhibit,  James teaches that if a Christian truly has a real saving faith, it will be exhibited in their Christian lives.

Apart from your works, exhibit to me your faith.

James says that he will exhibit or demonstrate his faith by the works or the fruit that his faith produces.

Some “pretend” to have faith. A pretended faith is not a real faith and therefore, it cannot produce any evidence of that saving faith.

Vs 19 – James selects the great fundamental doctrine of all religion–the doctrine of the existence of one Supreme Being–and shows that it was held by devils, it could not save men.

Believing that there is one God, is the truth; but it will do you no good, any more than it does devils who believe the same, unless it leads you to be saved by faith.

Believing that there is just one supreme God requires no more faith than that of the devils. That kind of faith does not save them.

The devils have fear of God and they tremble before God. They know their eventual doom of torments and the Lake of Fire.

Vs 20 – Vain man = he reference by this language is to a man who held an opinion that could not be defended. The word vain used here, means properly empty, as opposed to full–as empty hands, having nothing in them.

Also, fruitless, or without utility or success; false.

Justifying faith produces good works; and if a man does not love to obey God and do good, he may conclude that he is not in a justified state.

Vs 21 – The reference is to Abraham. He backed up his faith in God by what he did in this extra ordinary act of obedience to God.

He took Isaac and was willing to trust in God to provide; Genesis 22:9-12

Abraham’s life was a demonstration of his faith.

Vs 22 – “faith made perfect” = accomplished; fulfilled.

Here is a proof that faith cannot exist without being active in works of righteousness.

This does not mean that the faith in itself was defective before this, but this act was a clear demonstration that Abraham not only believed, but acted upon that belief.

Vs 23 – Scripture was fulfilled = the fair and full meaning of the language of Scripture was expressed by this act, showing in the highest sense that his faith was genuine. This act was a declaration of Abrahams faith.

“called the Friend of God’ = Honored as no other mortal had been

Vs 24 – Not by a cold, abstract, inoperative faith. It must be by a faith that shall produce good works, and whose existence will be shown to men by good works.

 James is speaking about the “proof” of our faith, not the act of salvation. These are two separate acts.

Vs 25 – justification signifies, not only the pardon of sin, but receiving Gods salvation.  She obeyed God’s will.  Rahab believed what her countrymen did not believe.

She is an example of a lost, vile sinner, who believes in the Lord and backs it up by what they do.  If we are true Bible Christians, we should “walk the walk and talk the talk.”

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