Theme: The Christian faith demands that we not treat others with partiality
I. The Rebuke of Partiality (vs.1-4)
A. The prohibition of having a respect of persons (vs.1)
“Respect of persons” — Preferential treatment –favoritism based on external circumstances and appearances
B. The illustration of having a respect of persons (vs.2-3)
C. The question of self-examination (vs4).
“Partial in yourselves” – An inner attitude that predisposes you to elevate one person above another that is based on evil motives.
II. The Result of Partiality (vs.5-11)
A. Inconsistent behavior with the reality of life- 5-7
1. God is merciful to the Poor
2. The rich are at enmity with you.
B. Disobedient behavior against God’s Word- 8-11
III. The Remedy of Partiality (vs.12-13)
A. Remember that you must give account to God for your conduct.
By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil –Example – Joseph
B. If you want to be judged with mercy—you better be merciful yourself.
Matt. 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy”
Illustration — Matthew 18:23-35
Mercy: Not getting what we deserve.
Mercy: “An attitude God has taken toward the believer because of the judgment He has taken on sin at the cross. Paul says in 2Cor. 4:1, “As we have obtained mercy, we faint not.” In Eph. 2:4 Paul says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.” In Titus 3:5 Paul says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he save us.” White pg.33