Study in James – Jas 2:9 “But If You Have Respect To Persons…”

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Jas 2:9 But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

This verse when looked at inwardly explains something I never saw before – Jacob could not be loved and Esau hated if Esau were never created.  Jacob became heir because he tricked Esau for the birthright.

Gen 25:29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:
Gen 25:30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray you, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
Gen 25:31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day your birthright.
Gen 25:32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
Gen 25:33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware to him: and he sold his birthright to Jacob.
Gen 25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

Once we become Jacob and take the birthright from our flesh, the flesh, our old man, continues to accuse the new man and point out his faults, judging him and becoming respecter of persons. Making it as though it were by my own works of the flesh that God chose me to be who I am. But the old man gave up his birth right for a mere morsel of bread and beans.

Jas 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point , he is guilty of all.

Mat 6:19  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Mat 6:20  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Mat 6:22  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Mat 6:23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Mat 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Mammon represents our own self worth.  It’s mammon that we serve and not God. If we think that Jesus was only talking about physical riches, we’ve been blinded by the light. I am still offending the law by my old man persecuting my new man. “If you hate your brother, you are a murderer.”

Jas 2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, YET IF YOU KILL, you art become a transgressor of the law.
Jas 2:12 So speak you, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
Jas 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.

God has chosen the “POOR  BEGGAR” of this world to be rich in faith. Why?  Because God chose to use the sin in my life to humble me and to kill me causing me to be RICH in faith in God and not in myself. Had he not enslaved me to sin or at least to see myself as enslaved to sin, I would have been even more puffed up with pride and arrogance. I had often thought that the supposed new man I thought I was really was just me in a new suit.  And that is exactly what the second beast with the head wound is; ME DRESSED UP TO WORSHIP AN IDOL OF MYSELF.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Now we have two examples of how to look at the poor and the rich inwardly. so now we can look at what all this was about, laying a foundation for James chapter one.

Jas 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

These are not the literal tribes of Israel, but the spiritual tribes of the Israel of God that are scattered abroad. And why are we scattered? Because the Shepherd has been smitten.

Zec 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

Mat 26:31 Then saith Jesus to them, All you shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

Gal 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Jas 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into different temptations;

The words “fall into” are only used in two other verses, but in the one verse it is used in a way to highlight what this above verse is saying. The words “fall into” are translated “fell Among” in the next verse.

Luk 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and “FELL AMONG” thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

And this is what trials do; they strip us of what we think is ours, “the golden ring, the purple and fine linen” (Jas 2:2).  They steal what we think is righteous. For it is by “falling into” or going “down from Jerusalem to Jericho” that breaks us down from our self-righteous flesh and steals what we thought was ours. Trials steal the birthright from the flesh and give it to the spirit. But the new man does not then ridicule the old man. Symbolically the new man sees that it was necessary for the flesh to be flesh.  That is represented by the Samaritan taking care of the robbed old man. His birthright may have been robbed, but it was still necessary for him to be what he was for a time. The taking care of him and putting him up in a house until he is healed is the new man seeing the sovereignty of God in OUR WHOLE LIFE.  We just want to see God in our idolized good deeds which we believe show us that we are GOOD. “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God” (Luk 18:19).

Luk 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, HE HAD COMPASSION ON HIM,
Luk 10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
Luk 10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said to him, Take care of him; and whatsoever you spendest more, when I come again, I will repay you.

This Samaritan and robbed man are THE SAME MAN.  Once Christ is in us, our new man sees what the LORD had preordained by His counsel to be done by our old man, He has compassion on Him and sees the sovereign plan of God.  How can we have compassion on what our old man has done unless we see he cannot do anything separately and independently from God?  For it was these very “sores on Lazarus” that God has used to bring me down “to Jericho” to be robbed of everything I thought was mine The last part of verse 35 is God’s way of telling us that we only have a measure of the spirit. But when Christ returns in full, he will show us all things, “whatsoever you spendest more, when I come again, I will repay you” This goes with Leviticus 25:22-27 and the Jubilee, when the land is given back to its original owner. We will cover this later.

Jas 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience.

When God shows us our worth in the flesh, it is a trial to the flesh. The flesh wants to claim some little part for itself. But the new man stands on faith in the works of God that He has performed by Christ. And standing in the works of God IS THE WORK OF GOD THAT PRODUCES PATIENCE.

Jas 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

When we stand on the truth that all our lives were predestined by the hand of God for a greater good, then we are perfect and lacking nothing. This is the denying of the flesh – patience.  I always thought that denying the flesh was denying drugs, alcohol, and such; those evil outward works that cause me so much pain.  This is a truth, but only a small part of it. Not taking credit for the good works, or at least works that appear to be good, is the real denying of the flesh.  Stopping the flesh from glorifying itself in good works is standing on faith and in Christ. And when we don’t, then we must be tried “in hades” as the rich man to burn up all our riches. All of this is a good thing for the man of God, and that is why we are told to “count it all joy”. When we count it all joy, we are “wanting (lacking) nothing”. And the word “nothing” is G1721 and means a relation of rest;

“A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, A RELATION OF REST”.

Jas 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

The wisdom that is lacked is knowing how to rest in the temptation.

Jas 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Asking “in Faith” is asking to see the temptation in the works of Christ.  Seeing the sovereign hand of God in the temptation from the old man is desiring the credit for the works. We know that the “sea” represents the world from the Revelation studies, the “waves” represent trials, and the “wind” represents “spirit” (Joh 3:8).  When we are being tossed by the waves, we are being tossed by spiritual doctrine of the world to think on things that are either right or wrong, never settling on truth.

Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Jas 1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

Let not the man that is being tossed in his mind by every doctrine of the world that he will ever reach rest. Because that man is the old man, the first Adam.

Jas 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Being double minded is being focused on the truth at times and then focused on worldly doctrine.  We all do it at times in our life. The old man cannot let go of these doctrines of the world, and THIS MAN, the old man, will never receive anything of the LORD to allow him to reach rest.

Jas 1:9  Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

This is Lazarus and our new man. This is the humbled place where we rest in the Sovereign plan of God. It is symbolized in Lazarus being exalted or “carried by the angels (brothers and sisters who know the truth) into Abraham’s bosom.” The exalting is not being transferred to some mystical planet in space where we wait for the LORD to return and destroy all those bad people like the “rich man”. No, this is us being taken to a peaceful, restful place of mind, in our heavens.

Jas 1:10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
Jas 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falls, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

Have you ever met a literal rich man who was so proud that he was made low for being literally rich? No, you haven’t, and no, I haven’t.  The rich man is my flesh, and as the grass of the field and as the flower of the field (my beauty in the flesh) shall be withered by the “Sun of Righteousness” (Mal 4:2).  Those who have been carried to rest by other brothers and sisters will rejoice in seeing their flesh being made nothing, being made low.

Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.

Blessed is the man who endures the temptation to exalt himself and take credit for his works.  For when he is tried in the lake of fire, he shall see it as all of the LORD and not of himself.  He will see his works as being ordained before the world began and that he was ordained by The LORD to walk in them. We will see ourselves as His workmanship and nothing of ourselves.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Our minds instantly go to drugs, alcohol, stealing, lying, coveting, etc., but that is not the temptation which is being discussed here. The temptation is to take credit for any of the works – GOOD OR EVIL!!!  God is not tempting me to take credit for ANY WORK of His.  The temptaion is coming from the perfectly created flesh that was created in the first lump of clay to be what he is, a self-centered, self-glorifying child of the Devil;

Gen 3:4 And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day you eat thereof, then YOUR EYES shall be opened, and YOU SHALL BE as gods, knowing good and evil.

THIS IS THE TEMPTATION, and it is from my old man, the son of the devil, to take credit for ANY WORK and to think I know what work is good or evil. I say it again: it was my sin that brought me to Christ, NOT MY GOOD WORKS, for I cannot do good of myself, for none is good, only God. The rich man thinks he is rich in good works and Lazarus is poor because he sees the sin of his old man and is VOID OF ANYTHING GOOD IN HIMSELF. The sins of the flesh are what God has been using as A GOOD WORK to destroy me. For those without eyes to see, the works they think they are doing in and of themselves as a new creation, still blind them.  Any work that is being done – from the good to the evil – is being done by God for the good of His preordained plan. It may not be good to our flesh, but it is good to God for the completion of His plan. My Creator had me enslaved to alcohol for years, and that was THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLAN THAT HE USED TO DESTROY ME. IT WAS GOOD. It was an evil to my flesh but a good for my new man. I thought my drinking was a problem that I HAD CREATED OF MYSELF.

Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is DRAWN AWAY of his own lust, and enticed.

EVERY MAN, EVERY MAN, me, you, my parents, my friends and anyone who has ever walked this earth, is DRAWN AWAY FROM GOD AS CREATOR and takes credit for his works. We all want to believe that we are gods and that we are separate and independent from God.  He helps us when He sees we need help, but all other times it is all of us or so we think. This is the lie we were born with, little liars from birth. Then it was cultivated by the Babylonian churches we attended.  We are drawn away of our own desire to be as God and enticed with the thought that we can be like Him of ourselves. We want to believe if we just put our minds to it we can be little gods, created by our own desire to be good or evil.

Jas 1:15 Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.

When this lust is conceived, and it is in each and every one of us, we show our nature, (S)atan (I)nfluenced (N)ature – SIN nature and this nature, as all nature, brings forth death.

Jas 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

My sin was a good work of God that was predestined for my destruction so that I could be remolded into a new vessel – not putting new wine in my old bottle but putting new wine in my new bottle.

Mat 9:16  No man puts a piece of new cloth to an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up takes from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
Mat 9:17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

I cannot take credit for any work of the flesh and then bring it to God to be recognized, because no matter how good the work in flesh is and no matter how many it helped, it was still tainted by flesh – old wine out of old bottles.  However when my new man is created in me, I give all glory to God for ALL THINGS; new wine in a new bottle.

Jas 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Rom 9:16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

It was by the will of God that I was what I was in the flesh. It was a good work, a good thing He created to bring me to destruction. But once the new man is created, he sees that all he is, all he does, all he ever will be, is because his Creator WILLS IT TO BE.

I also want to take the time to say that I pray you all know that we are to fight the old man and all that he represents. That should be obvious to all that are reading through the eyes of the new man. All the scriptures that tell us that the evil that God used to destroy us was good, we are not to turn around and say “let us do evil that good may come” (Rom 3:8).  Nevertheless the old man WILL SAY THIS! The old man will use this truth to turn to an occasion for the flesh. That, too, is something that must be beaten out of him. As the new man, Christ will teach us to KILL everything that lives in the old man, until the day we are physically killed.

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