Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
1My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favouritism reallbelieve in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? 2For if a person with gold rings anin fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothealso comes in, 3and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes ansay, Have a seat here, please, while to the one who is poor you say, Stanthere, or, Sit at my feet, 4have you not made distinctions among yourselvesand become judges with evil thoughts? 5Listen, my beloved brothers and sistersHas not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs othe kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? 6But you havdishonoured the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they whdrag you into court? 7Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that wainvoked over you?
8You do well if you really fulfil the royal law according to the scriptureYou shall love your neighbour as yourself. 9But if you show partiality, yocommit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10For whoever keepthe whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it11For the one who said, You shall not commit adultery, also said, You shalnot murder. Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you havbecome a transgressor of the law. 12So speak and so act as those who are to bjudged by the law of liberty. 13For judgement will be without mercy to anyonwho has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgement.
14What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but dnot have works? Can faith save you? 15If a brother or sister is naked and lackdaily food, 16and one of you says to them, Go in peace; keep warm and eat youfill, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that17So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.