Sunday Sermon: The Triumph of Mercy (James 2:1-13)

Redeemer Presbyterian Church - Traverse City, MI

Oct 22 2023 • 41 mins

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world (James 1:27).” In this verse, James talks about something pretty important! The difference between pure religion and false religion. Yet, immediately after this, he launches into a discussion of the sin of partially in chapter 2:1-13. Why would James speak about pure religion, and then go straight to partiality? Doesn’t partiality seem like a “lesser” sin compared to others? James reveals to us that this is by no means true. Partiality strikes at the very heart of the gospel, for it strikes at the heart of Christ. God is the judge, and He is impartial. When we exercise partiality in the church, we are exalting ourselves to God’s place as judge. This Lord’s Day we will see how partiality in the Church is contrary to the gospel. But we will also rejoice! Because for us transgressors, mercy has triumphed over judgment at the cross.

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