Judging with Evil
Whom God Has Chosen (2:5-7)
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It is contrary to faith in
Christ (1) 2. It is based on evil thoughts (4). 3. It dishonors what God honors
and extols what God despises (5-7) 4. It is a transgression of the law of love
(8-9,11). 5. It disregards future judgment (12).
If we truly honor the Lord
Jesus Christ, we would also honor everyone He has created, especially our
fellow believers, whom He has redeemed with His blood.
Assembly of believers (2).
Partiality involves judging
others based on such external criteria as wealth, looks, or power.
Injustice; pride; contempt for
the poor and needy.
Our partiality shows that we
place high values on material or physical possessions, such as wealth,
education, power, or beauty.
God has chosen those who are
poor in the eyes of the world (Lk 4:18; 1Cor
1:26-29), and to these who love Him, God has given them spiritual riches and
the inheritance of His kingdom.
It is wrong to despise the poor
because God has chosen them and given them the greatest wealth and the most
honorable status. Despising them is despising God.
We have become heirs of God’s
glorious kingdom and have received abundant blessings in Christ (Lk 12:32; Eph 1:3; 1Pet 1:3-4).
Partiality is a serious offense
against God, especially when we favor, admire, and flatter those who violate
God’s command and blaspheme His glorious name.
While God loves everyone
equally regardless of their appearance or possessions (Acts 10:34; Gal 2:6),
human beings tend to love only those who are rich, beautiful, and powerful.
It is contrary to the command,
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love (Gal 5:14; Mt 22:36-40;
Because God is the giver of the
law, breaking even just one point of the law is an offense against God and His
whole law. Thus, showing partiality is not just a minor offense. It makes us
transgressors against God.
Verse 12 teaches us to speak
and act with the future judgment in mind. Verse 13 reminds us of the severity
of judgment on the unmerciful. Putting these two verses together, we understand
that in order to be shown mercy at the final judgment, we must speak and act
with mercy (Mt 5:7). Since partiality involves unmerciful treatment of the
poor, this principle further reinforces the case against partiality.