He did not what others would have done, because he feared the Lord. Poverty Gives Opportunity for Manifold Virtues, Two kinds of faith -- the spurious and the genuine, The faith of Christians contrasted in its results with the faith of fallen spirits. Let me now turn your attention to this — … How quickly their perception changes! Yes; and, though a man with like passions with us, and subject to weaknesses which the Holy Spirit has not hesitated to record, yet Abraham was a singularly admirable character. Right off the bat, with his "Dear Church," greeting barely behind him, he starts teaching. Bathing his forehead in the sunlight of Jehovah's love he dwelt beyond all questions and mistrusts. IN BOTH CASES THERE IS A KNOWLEDGE OF HISTORICAL FACTS. Follow me while I note some of the points in which this Divine friendship showed itself. The friend of God must not spend a day without God, and he must undertake no work apart from his God.5. There's a real plan for spiritual health, for a faith that works, and you can find it in the Bible. (8) More than that, the Lord kept His friendship to Abraham by favouring his posterity. It is a noble title, not to be equalled by all the names of greatness which have been bestowed by princes, even if they should all meet in one. On certain grand occasions we read: "The Lord made a covenant with Abram." Our lives must, in the main, run in parallel lines with the life of the gracious, holy, and loving God, or else we shall be walking contrary to Him, and He will walk contrary to us.4. Visits were received, and secrets were made known, and thus friendship grew. Follow Desiring God on … Visits were received, and secrets were made known, and thus friendship grew. See the possibility that lies within your reach — make it a reality at once.2. We now see that faith is not a mere intellectual exercise.2. It may be difficult to get there ' just as it may be difficult to achieve any worthwhile goal in life ' but the end result is worth every part of the struggle. So the apostle, "O vain man"; so Christ, "O ye foolish and blind"; so John the Baptist, "O ye generation of vipers." Lessons:1. In order to hear the message of Jas 2:1-13 in new contexts, it will be important to hear it well in its original context. H. (4) This friendship resulted in the bestowal of innumerable benefits. TRUST.1. When paramedics arrived, they found Reid conscious, moving, and complaining of a sore back. You must rejoice in the Lord, and maintain close intercourse with Him. If you and I can do this, then we can enter into friendship with God, but not else; for distrust is the death of friendship.3. Heaven and hell are mental realities.(D. He reads to them: "Ducks! (2) In consequence of these visits of friendship paid to Abraham, secrets were disclosed (Genesis 15:13-16; Genesis 17:16-21; Genesis 18:17-19). It indicated a lack of self-respect. pluck it off; who would suffer a dead plant in his garden? Yes; and, though a man with like passions with us, and subject to weaknesses which the Holy Spirit has not hesitated to record, yet Abraham was a singularly admirable character. Well, one night when Conde was supposed to be many leagues away, Turenne was sleeping soundly in his tent. How could he have been God's friend had not grace wrought wonderfully in him? What, then, is the result of the Satanic knowledge? (4) Because unavailable to eternal life, of no more use and service to you than a dead thing. —1. It still remains to be known why "believing" should be attended with results so diverse. So the apostle, "O vain man"; so Christ, "O ye foolish and blind"; so John the Baptist, "O ye generation of vipers." If you and I can do this, then we can enter into friendship with God, but not else; for distrust is the death of friendship.3. So a soul may arrive at the half-way point of a full surrender, and yet perish short of it. Plummer, . Virtue and vice — the beauties of virtue and the ugliness of vice, these were the favourite topics of the ministers, and the people had so little taste that they did not fall in love with Virtue, and even some of those that were accustomed to paint her in the pulpit, had very little regard for her themselves. )A barren faithM. and just as the household of Abimelech had been healed in answer to Abraham's supplication. If we are to be the friends of God we must be co-partners with Him. Be loyal to Christ.2. Satan never knew an instance in which the Divine faithfulness had failed! Friendship, if it exists, will breed mutual delight. Friendship creates a measure of equality between the persons concerned. (Doctors later said Reid came away from the accident with just a bruised lung.) Can two walk together except they be agreed? The imitation of the Divine character gives to the mind the lofty pleasures of benevolent feeling and action.II. Learn —. To be friends, we must exercise a mutual choice: the God who has chosen you must be chosen by you. James says not only that this was Abraham's name, but that he was called by it. Though there still be latent spiritual life, its glow is only kept up by active stirring. Yet, behold, in infinite condescension the Lord deigns to seek the acquaintance of His own creature, the love of man, the friendship of Abraham. Regard this name as THE TITLE TO BE SOUGHT AFTER. THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD IS CONNECTED WITH THE RICHEST COMMUNICATIONS OF PEACE AND SPIRITUAL COMFORT.1. The friend of God must not spend a day without God, and he must undertake no work apart from his God.5. He was singularly favoured in all things to which he set his hand. THE TITLE TO BE UTILISED for practical purposes.1. Friendship creates a measure of equality between the persons concerned. (5) Since Abraham was God's friend, God accepted his pleadings, and was moved by his influence. Jesus Himself invites us to live and act, and be His friends. But they never get beyond that. By communion.3. THE CAUSE OF THIS GREAT DIFFERENCE IN THE PERSONAL RESULTS OF FAITH. THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD WILL BE THE PORTION OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, WHEN THE SCENES OF MORTALITY ARE OVER.(Homilist. A little word from a friend will pain you much more than a fierce slander from an enemy.(C. Difficult to acquire.II. NET New English Translation. 1. How GOD MANIFESTED HIS FRIENDSHIP TO ABRAHAM.1. Again, I say, no nobility is comparable to this. Constancy is also seen on the human side of this renowned friendship: Abraham did not turn aside to worship any false God. (Ver. The Lord styled Israel, even rebellious Israel, "The seed of Abraham My friend" (Isaiah 41:8).II. There is all this difference between being "saved so as by fire," and having "an abundant entrance ministered unto us "into the kingdom. Faith is a stooping grace. But what of the devils? He did not cast him off in old age. Why not? Once with solemn sacrifice a light passed between the divided portions of the victims. Bather they enjoin Christians to "render honor to whom honor is due" (Romans 13:7). The greeting of 1:1 is similar to that of James, the Lord’s brother, in Acts 15:23. Hence John the Baptist required the Jews to "bring forth fruits meet for repentance." There is all this difference between being "saved so as by fire," and having "an abundant entrance ministered unto us "into the kingdom. A little word from a friend will pain you much more than a fierce slander from an enemy.(C. Was it not a great venture for God to call any man His friend? If we are to be the friends of God, there must be a conformity of heart, and will, and design, and character to God. They must —1. The life of Abraham was rich with mercies. (4) Because unavailable to eternal life, of no more use and service to you than a dead thing. From that "O vain or empty man." I say it can — undoubtedly it can. He did not want that a petty princeling, or indeed anybody, should boast of enriching Abraham: he trusted solely in his God, and though he had a perfect right to have taken the spoils of war which were his by capture, yet he would not touch them lest the name of his God should be in the least dishonoured (Genesis 14:22-24).5. Patents of nobility are mere vanity when laid side by side with this transcendent honour. It must be carefully observed that by good fruits, good works, I do not mean merely moral conduct. ABC News, Jan. 10, 2005. Well, then, you must be fully reconciled to Him. Brooks. Look at the name, "Friend of God," and regard it as A TITLE TO BE WONDERED AT.1. Such a faith was that of Herod. THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD INVOLVES THE ASSURANCE OF SUCCOUR IN-SEASONS OF PERPLEXITY AND DANGER. Why not? THOSE WHO WOULD HAVE ABRAHAM'S PRIVILEGES JUST LOOK TO IT THAT THEY HAVE ABRAHAM'S FAITH. Among the Jewish people Abraham was frequently spoken of as "the Friend of Goal." Lot was rescued, and Zoar was spared, in answer to that prayer; just as Ishmael had been endowed with earthly blessings in response to the pleading, "O that Ishmael might live before Thee!" Surely, none of us will neglect any gracious attainment which lies within the region of the possible. Plummer, . Well, then, you must be fully reconciled to Him. The faith which produces joy is the trust and confidence of the heart in the atonement and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ! See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. D. D.empty-handed, and empty-hearted. It still remains to be known why "believing" should be attended with results so diverse. (3) Because it wanteth the effect of life, which is operation; all life is the beginning of operation, tendeth to operation, and is increased by operation; so faith is dead, like a root of a tree in the ground, when it cannot produce the ordinary effects and fruits of faith. We know how sweet it is to mingle the current of our life with that of some choice bosom friend. Fear is most clearly exhibited when we actually shrink from that which we say we dread. I infer from this subject the folly and criminality of doubting and denying the existence of a God. James uses that word five times in his short letter, indicating that the instructions here are something of a manual on how to grow into maturity as a believer. Parmenio was a great general, but all his fame in that direction is forgotten in the fact that he was known as the friend of Alexander. No such necessity can be supposed of the All-sufficient God. Lessons:1. 2. If we are to be the friends of God, there must be a conformity of heart, and will, and design, and character to God. When we say of two men that they are friends, we put them down in the same list; but what condescension on the Lord's part to be on terms of friendship with a man! - C.J. III. Hypocrites must be roused with some asperity and sharpness. Hence St. James says, that "through works is faith made perfect," that is, through the perpetual activity and stir of practical devotion.(J. (Vers. Oh, happy man, to know no scepticisms, but heroically to believe! Hypocrites must be roused with some asperity and sharpness. The Lord is a Friend who can never know a limit in blessing His friends. Work with a spirit suiting the gospel.3. At this present moment, among the Arabs and other Mahommedans, the name of Abraham is not often mentioned, but they speak of him as Khalil Allah, or the "Friend of God," or more briefly as of Khalil, "the Friend." mute. Difficult to acquire.II. II. (Luke 13:7).(T. Study James 2 with ... Chester McCalley . Regard this name as THE TITLE TO BE SOUGHT AFTER. The Divine unchangeableness is a cause of terror to lost spirits. (5) Since Abraham was God's friend, God accepted his pleadings, and was moved by his influence. Parmenio was a great general, but all his fame in that direction is forgotten in the fact that he was known as the friend of Alexander. Bengel. James was apparently dissatisfied with people who talked the talk but never got around to walking the walk. Whatever God bade him do, he did it promptly and thoroughly. Bengel. Here is a great encouragement to the people of God. Improved them with much fidelity.II. Abraham's communion with God was constant. We submit that the secret is this, viz., IN THE CASE OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS ACCOMPANIED BY HOPE, WHEREAS IN THE CASE OF SATAN IT IS ASSOCIATED WITH UTTER HOPELESSNESS. (Dean Plumptre.)Empty-headedA. Patents of nobility are mere vanity when laid side by side with this transcendent honour. They gaze on the same object, but no cheering light flashes on their woe-worn countenance.II. Next to this, Abraham's obedience to God was unquestioning. IN BOTH CASES THERE IS A BELIEF IN DIVINE FAITHFULNESS. The younger one interrupted, and the older one scolded. Can two walk together except they be agreed? The imitation of the Divine character gives to the mind the lofty pleasures of benevolent feeling and action.II. You and I need friendship: we cannot always lead a self-contained and solitary life; we are refreshed by the companionship, sympathy, and advice of a like-minded comrade. Received the promises with all humility.2. Though a man say he hath faith, and have not works. Whatever God bade him do, he did it promptly and thoroughly. The two classes occupy different standpoints in relation to truth. James says not only that this was Abraham's name, but that he was called by it. He was a perfect child towards God, and therefore a complete man.2. Spurgeon. Abraham, on his part, had no secrets, but laid bare his heart to the inspection of his Divine Friend. Now notice THE TITLE VINDICATED. Oh! Neither the amiableness of our disposition, nor discernment into the mysteries of the gospel, nor flaming zeal, nor strict regard to modes of worship, though of Divine institution, will prove the reality of our religion without a sanctified heart and a holy life (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). Surely, none of us will neglect any gracious attainment which lies within the region of the possible. How GOD MANIFESTED HIS FRIENDSHIP TO ABRAHAM.1. Our lives must, in the main, run in parallel lines with the life of the gracious, holy, and loving God, or else we shall be walking contrary to Him, and He will walk contrary to us.4. And, further, genuine faith receiving the record which God has given of His Son will be manifested in an actual resorting to Christ for forgiveness and a cordial affection to His person, work, and offices. By His care.II. Lessons:1. He received and returned the friendship of God. A cordial welcome greets him when he caters, and he is conducted fussily to a principal seat; while the poor man in the squalid clothing is coldly pointed to a place where he may stand, or at most is permitted to sit in an uncomfortable comer. By His sympathy.3. The two friends grasped hands, and pledged their troth. Certainly they'll be more modern than yesteryear's Scarsdale Diet, or the Cabbage Soup Diet, the Astronaut's Diet, the F-Plan, and the Zone. Empty-headed, in being so deluded as to suppose that a dead faith can save; empty-handed, in being devoid of true spiritual riches; emptyhearted, in having no real love either for God or man.(A. Abraham's trust in God was implicit. Follow me while I note some of the points in which this Divine friendship showed itself. TRUST.1. The scene spread out before its e) e, how vast! "(2) Because it receiveth not the quickening influences of the Spirit. In this case the august Friend displays His pure love, since He has nothing to gain. THOSE WHO WOULD HAVE ABRAHAM'S PRIVILEGES JUST LOOK TO IT THAT THEY HAVE ABRAHAM'S FAITH. The title only declares a fact. )The Friend of GodC. 16, no. A man is known through his friends: you cannot help judging a person by his companions. Our lives must, in the main, run in parallel lines with the life of the gracious, holy, and loving God, or else we shall be walking contrary to Him, and He will walk contrary to us.4. Bengel. It is a noble title, not to be equalled by all the names of greatness which have been bestowed by princes, even if they should all meet in one. Abraham's desire for God's glory was uppermost at all times. Satan never knew an instance in which the Divine faithfulness had failed! How GOD MANIFESTED HIS FRIENDSHIP TO ABRAHAM.1. (1)Full of wind, they have a little airy knowledge, such as puffeth up (2 Peter 1:8). There was great propriety and fulness of meaning in the name as applied to him.1. There is one marked difference, however, in this historic knowledge — viz., the Christian has read the history, but the devil has lived it! The greeting of 1:1 is similar to that of James, the Lord’s brother, in Acts 15:23. 2. In the end, the results will be more valuable than any other possession on earth. Bathing his forehead in the sunlight of Jehovah's love he dwelt beyond all questions and mistrusts. We now see that faith is not a mere intellectual exercise.2. The title only declares a fact. There is an argument in the very use here of this great title. Practice is the proper fruit of every gracious affection: it is the proper proof of the true knowledge of God: "Hereby," says the apostle, "we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments" (1 John 2:3). The spring time came, summer and autumn followed with more than wonted splendour, and again it was winter, when, while Sir Noel was looking for something else, his eyes fell upon the small tin box. Oh, happy man, that dwelt on high while men were grovelling at his feet! Whatever God bade him do, he did it promptly and thoroughly. - cf. Christians, while contemplating God, grow glad in His presence; their faith rises into rapture, "joy unspeakable and full of glory." The Divine unchangeableness is a cause of terror to lost spirits. 1. And what is this? Do they not remember that there is such a thing as self-deception, a persuasion of the mind that we desire, love, fear that which, on proof, we desire not, love not, fear not? The chrysalis had burst into a half-formed butterfly and perished. Thomas. It took Saul three years of intensive study and reflection to rethink his theology (Galatians 1:15-18). Beveridge.If I see fruit growing upon a tree, I know what tree it is upon which such fruit grows. The other day there lauded on the shores of France a boatful of people sodden with rain and salt-water; they had lost all their luggage, and had nothing but what they stood upright in: they were glad, indeed, to have been saved from a wreck. How ABRAHAM MANIFESTED HIS FRIENDSHIP TO GOD.1. To Abraham through-the grace of his Divine Friend difficulties were blessings, trials were blessings, and the sharpest test of all was the most ennobling blessing. The knowledge of God supplies to the devout mind topics on which it loves to dwell, and which call forth into active exercise its purest and best emotions.3. Sooner or later, if you're really going to have a diet that works, you'll have to give up the belt-driven fat massagers, the deep-fried banana sandwiches, and just do a little education. We know how sweet it is to mingle the current of our life with that of some choice bosom friend. Practice is the proper evidence of a true closing with Christ for salvation. Admire and adore the condescending God who thus speaks of a man like ourselves, and calls him His friend. That faith is not a mere belief in Divine predictions. The Lord is a Friend who can never know a limit in blessing His friends. 1:2). Once with solemn sacrifice a light passed between the divided portions of the victims. THAT THE TEST ESPECIALLY PROPOUNDED OF IT IS SCRIPTURE IS THAT OF HOLY WORKS. Does James Contradict Paul? 1. H. The two friends grasped hands, and pledged their troth. (2)Of a great sound and noise; can talk of grace, boast of knowledge, glory in their faith. By His love.2. Plummer, . (1)Remorse for the past. that we must ascertain if ours be the genuine faith of God's elect? He —1. THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD IS CONNECTED WITH THE RICHEST COMMUNICATIONS OF PEACE AND SPIRITUAL COMFORT.1. We now see that faith is not a mere intellectual exercise.2. Oh, that you and I may be cleansed to such a pure, holy, and noble life that we, too, may be rightly called the Friends of God!III. The Divine unchangeableness is a cause of terror to lost spirits. And there is a disposition in the mind of man — a complex disposition — first to cherish images and pictures of distress that excite the emotion, and then to escape from the emotion when it has been excited. Beveridge.If I see fruit growing upon a tree, I know what tree it is upon which such fruit grows. The faith in Divine truth which is to save must be exercised now.4. Constancy is also seen on the human side of this renowned friendship: Abraham did not turn aside to worship any false God. (Dean Plumptre.)Empty-headedA. c. The Last days—indicates that James believed that the coming of the Lord was near 5:8-9. d. It is important to make the most of every opportunity-redeeming the time. From the second chapter of the epistle of James, it is apparent that showing partiality was still being practiced and its sinfulness needed to be pointed out 5. Select an option and chat directly with a member of our support team. 3. )LinksJames 2:5 NIVJames 2:5 NLTJames 2:5 ESVJames 2:5 NASBJames 2:5 KJVJames 2:5 Bible AppsJames 2:5 ParallelJames 2:5 Biblia ParalelaJames 2:5 Chinese BibleJames 2:5 French BibleJames 2:5 German BibleJames 2:5 CommentariesBible Hub. 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Many times, new Christians arrive in church ready to experience the best days of their life, just bliss and blessings, while waiting their turn to go to heaven. D. D.empty-handed, and empty-hearted. Though there still be latent spiritual life, its glow is only kept up by active stirring. THE TITLE TO BE UTILISED for practical purposes.1. Sir Noel Paton received a chrysalis as a specimen to paint in a picture. Abraham's desire for God's glory was uppermost at all times. Luther. Through this channel flows in the power from on high. If we are to be the friends of God we must be co-partners with Him. James again addresses his readers as “my brethren” (1:2, 16, 19; 2:5, 14; 3:1, 10, 12; 4:11; 5:7, 9-10, 12, 19). Beveridge. If you and I can do this, then we can enter into friendship with God, but not else; for distrust is the death of friendship.3. I. False and mistaken faith is usually a brat of darkness: either men do not understand what faith is, or do not consider what they do.2. There's no more time for waddling. Introduction. That faith is not a mere belief in Divine predictions. In this particular instance it is intended that we should know that while God was Abraham's Friend, this was not all; but Abraham was God's friend. If we have got as far as that, then the next thing will surely follow — there must be a continual intercourse. To explain the nature of the faith which produces "joy unspeakable and full of glory."1. Practice is the proper evidence of real thankfulness to God. (7) Observe, too, that this friendship was maintained with great constancy. Abraham's communion with God was constant. How could he have been God's friend had not grace wrought wonderfully in him? 1. Afflictions themselves are part of God's wise and gracious discipline — evidences, not of anger, but of love.IV. Startling is the reflection that Satan has been the contemporary of all ages! . Constancy is also seen on the human side of this renowned friendship: Abraham did not turn aside to worship any false God. On certain grand occasions we read: "The Lord made a covenant with Abram." Oh, happy man, that dwelt on high while men were grovelling at his feet! Respect of persons is inconsistent with sound Christian principle. Manton, D. D.)Faith perfected by worksJ. No such necessity can be supposed of the All-sufficient God. On certain grand occasions we read: "The Lord made a covenant with Abram." This shows that he is writing to professing Christians, not to the world. Oh, that you and I may be cleansed to such a pure, holy, and noble life that we, too, may be rightly called the Friends of God!III. (4) Because unavailable to eternal life, of no more use and service to you than a dead thing. BELIEVERS MUST SEE THAT THEY HONOUR AND JUSTIFY THEIR FAITH BY WORKS. )The Friend of GodG. When Jesus inquired, "Wilt thou be made whole?" 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