The Test of True Religion, Part 4
Passage: James 2:10–2:13
The key word of this passage is religion. A religious person is one whose external living is directed by their inner beliefs. Acting in harmony with what we believe is the essence of true religion as mentioned in 1:26-27.
The attention of this letter is now focused on what true and undefiled religion looks like. Up to this point, James has discussed four characteristics.
- Bridling your tongue (1:26)
- Visiting the orphans and widows (1:27a)
- Keep yourself unspotted from the world (1:27b)
- Do not show partiality (2:1-7)
- Love your neighbor as yourself (2:8-9)
1A. THE DIRECTION OF THE LAW (2:10-11)
1B. The conviction of the Law, verse 9b.
2B. The content of the Law, verses 10a and 11.
3B. The consequence of the Law, verses 10b and 11b.
2A. THE REVELATION OF THE LAW (2:12-13)
1B. God’s Law reveals God’s judgment
2B. God’s Law reveals God’s Mercy
The Law shows no mercy or grace. The Law is and will be our judge. Mercy and grace are found in God and through His Son Jesus Christ. The Law shows us our sin, our guilt, and our certain judgment. The Law points us to our only hope of salvation and forgiveness because mercy triumphs over judgment!