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No Respecter of Persons

Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: [35] But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. (KJV) God does NOT show partiality. In every nation He accepts those who fear Him and do what is right. Each and every nation in this world have people who worship and love the one and only true God of the Bible; who are His children (John 1:12-13). In Peterís day, there was prejudice. There was a great Jewish-Gentile conflict. That conflict has not ended! What is prejudice? It is suspicion, and/or hatred of other races, creeds, cultures, poverty, etc. I had a black lady in one of my bible classes ask me, "Why do people hate Negroes?" I had many very good answers from others in class, but it all boils down to the fact that people do not know what the Bible states about Godís love! The truth is stated in these verses. God loves ALL people! He is NO "respecter of persons." And if God loves these people, we must love them also!

Job 34:18-19 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly? [19] How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands. [KJV] God doesn't care how great a person may be, and He doesn't pay any more attention to the rich than to the poor. He made them all. We in today's world have some terribly wicked and ungodly leaders in our government. God is pure and perfect and righteous; and He loves justice, so He is well qualified to govern this world. And when He governs, He will do it in a righteous manner. He does NOT have favorites! He judges according to our works (Ps.62:12; Jer.17:10). God looks on the rich man the same way He looks on the poor man (works). So, just what "work" is most important to God? That question is answered by none other than Jesus!

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (KJV) God simply wants us believe in the One He has sent, and that is Jesus! This is the number one priority with God the Father! We must accept Godís only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ; be ye rich or poor, healthy or sick, have great power or none at all, famous or an unknown! This is the first "work" on which we shall be judged!

James 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. (KJV) How can anyone claim that you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if they favor some people more than others? WHY do people tend to treat rich people better than poor people? Do we feel better about ourselves by associating with someone of means? Would we rather identify ourselves with an affluent person rather than an apparent failure? Are we impressed by their status, wealth, fame or power? Are we partial to the "haves" and just do not want to associate with the "have-nots?" If Jesus came today, rather than when He did, would you look down on Him? He was poor! He didnít even have a place to lay His Head (Mat.8:20).

James 2:2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; (KJV) Suppose two people came to your church service, one dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another who is poor and dressed in shabby clothes, which would you greet first? Wealth may mean intelligence, wisdom and hard work. On the other hand, it could mean their wealth was ill-gotten at anotherís expense, greed, dishonesty, selfishness or that he inherited it. God favors NO one (Ps.39:17; Isa.55:8-9). He judges their heart and motives. We on the other hand, tend to judge from external appearances (1 Sam.16:7; Mat.23:25-27). We must instead, look at each person from their character and lifestyle (John 7:24; 2 Cor.5:12; 10:7).

James 2:3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: (KJV) If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, this would be telling the poor man to stand or sit in the back.

James 2:4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? (KJV) We should NOT discriminate or be partial to the rich, or the powerful; but sad to say, far too many times even Godís children slip up on this! God absolutely does NOT do this, neither should we! IF we do, we are indeed judges of evil thoughts. We are guided by wrong motives.

James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? (KJV) James is speaking to believers! He is talking about those who have little money, and too, their simple values are looked down on in the affluent society in which we live; those who are content with what God has given them (Heb.13:5; Phil.4:11; 1 Tim. 6:6-8). There are very few rich men who make it to Heaven. WHY?? Because their riches is their god; and God plainly states we MUST place Him first in our lives (Mat.10:37-38). We must love God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength (Mat.22:37). A rich man places his trust in what he has, and not in God.

James 2:6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? (KJV) Despise here means to look down upon; to scorn; to have a contemptible, haughty, or arrogant attitude for; to consider worthless. Isnít it usually the rich and powerful that oppress the poor? The rich will not give poor folk an honest deal. How about politicians who promise to work for and help the poor? They usually end up exploiting us; taking advantage of us, and selfishly and/or unfairly end up lining their pockets. The only thing they work for is our vote! There are exceptions to all the above, but they are extremely rare!

James 2:7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? (KJV) Arenít the rich unbelievers the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble Name you bear? Worthy is honorable. Today it is so common to blaspheme the Name of Jesus. TV is at the top of the list for this. But, too, when anyone mistreats the poor, they are slandering Christ! Anything we do to another (whether good or bad), we are doing to Jesus (Mat.10:40; 18:5; Luke 10:16; Acts 9:4: 1 Cor.8:12).

James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: (KJV) It is truly good when you obey our Lordís royal command found in the Scriptures: "Love your neighbor as yourself." I believe that Jesus fulfilled the Ten Commandments for us. When we accept Him, we receive His righteousness (1 Cor.1:30). I believe we are under the law of grace, NOT the Mosiac Law (John 1:17). IF we try to keep the Mosiac Law (Ten Commandments) we must keep ALL the laws, which is about 613 laws. If you break one, you break them all! We CANNOT keep all the laws, and if we donít. we are cursed (Deut.27:26; Gal.3:10). Jesus gave us TWO commandments, found in Matthew 22:37-40. The first is to love God with our all, the second is love your neighbor as yourself. The "Golden Rule" is found in Matthew 7:12.

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (KJV) Simply. . . do unto others as you want them to do to you. IF you do this, you will NEVER hurt anyone! And Jesus says this (LOVE) covers the whole Old Testament; ALL the laws!

James 2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. (KJV) If you favor the rich over the poor, and look down your nose at them, you are committing sin! If you have mercy on the poor, you honor God (Pro.14:31). Do you want to sin? Treating the poor, another race or culture, in a shabby way, you are making God angry. Treat them in the way you want to be treated, and you will honor God.

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (KJV) This is very similar to Deut,27:26 and Gal.3:10. I praise God every day for the Gift of salvation through His precious Son, Jesus. I know I cannot keep the Law, but Jesus did! And He passes on His righteousness to ALL who have faith in Him (Rom.5:17; 1 Cor.1:30; 2 Cor.5:21; Phil.3:9; Tit.3:5). Thank You Jesus!

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (KJV) There is no difference between the Jewish people and the Gentiles (non-Jews, Greek), in Godís eyes. There is only ONE True God; and He is Lord over ALL people! Yes, the Jews were Godís chosen people (Ex. 19:5; Deut.14:2; 26:19; Ps.78:52), but they fell short of what God wanted of them (to be missionaries to the Gentiles); and they rejected Jesus as their Messiah when He came. When the rejected Christ, God opened the door to the Gentile people. Whosoever means anyone that will, can call upon the Name of the Lord!

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (KJV) These words are first seen in Joel 2:32; Jew, Gentile, whosoever, anyone, everyone who calls upon the precious Name of Jesus shall be saved!

Leviticus 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. (KJV) We should always judge our neighbors fairly, not favoring the poor, nor showing honor to the rich. Judges SHOULD always be fair and just in their sentencing; not caring whether a person is rich or poor. Sad to say, all too many judges take bribes and make judgments accordingly. This is utterly condemned by God (Ex.23:8; Isa.1:23; 5:23; 33:15; Am.5:12). We ALL should "do unto others!"

Deut. 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it. (KJV) Moses was speaking to Israel, telling them to choose wise rulers over them (Deut.1:12-13).

If only those who have rule over us would exercise these qualities, it would be a much better world.

  • #1 Fairness.
  • #2 Impartiality.
  • #3 The ability to recognize they didnít know it all.
  • #4 Character strength.

These qualities should be evident in our lives as we live the lives of Godís children.

Deut. 16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. (KJV) No one should ever twist justice or show partiality. No one should ever accept a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and corrupt the decisions of the godly. Because Israel did not appoint wise judges and Godly rulers, they were plagued by injustice and rebellion. We should do our utmost best to elect people who have rule over us, who make decisions for us.

Deut. 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked. (KJV) We should cleanse our sinful hearts and stop being stubborn. Stubbornness is an abomination to God (1 Sam.15:23; Pro.3:23; 11:20). Only Jesus can circumcise (cleanse) our hearts! (Deut.30:6; Jer.4:4; Rom.2:28-29; Col.2:11).

Deut. 10:17 For the Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: (KJV) The Lord your God is the God of all gods and Lord of all lords. He shows no partiality and takes no bribes. Moses is telling Israel that God is THE God, the one and only God, whom they should fear. God treats everyone the same! He has NO favorites, NO teacherís pets, and praise the Lord! God NEVER takes bribes from anyone!

2 Chron. 19:7 Wherefore now let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts. (KJV) The Lord our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or the taking of bribes. God cannot sin; cannot lie; does not favor one person above another; does not accept bribes. He has always been this way, and always will be this way! He does NOT change!

Romans 2:7-11 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: [8] But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, [9] Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; [10] But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: [11] For there is no respect of persons with God. (KJV) Salvation is by faith alone, NOT works! But, after you have been saved, you want to do well for the Lord. Any good work we do after we are saved is a grateful response to what Jesus has done for us. We can NEVER, in any way, pay for eternal life; but, we love Him so much we want desperately to please Him in any way we can. Salvation is available to whosoever will accept His offer of the best Gift ever; and it is absolutely FREE of charge!

Col. 3:23-25 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; [24] Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. [25] But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. (KJV) Heartily means to put your heart and soul in whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Serve Him eagerly. Do what you do to please God, not man! Let us remember that God has no favorites who can get away with evil. He sees what wrong people do: l-o-n-g coffee breaks, start late, quit early, slack on the job, loafing on the job. He knows what you do! He sees your heart! You will be held accountable! Be loyal, faithful, willing and glad to serve Him. Donít be lazy for God!

Anyone who does wrong will be accountable for his wrong. Christ Jesus as the Great Judge, will straighten out everything in your life, and mine, that we donít straighten out ourselves! Each one of us shall be judged in perfect judgment! Right and true judgment (Ps.96:13; Acts 17:31). Even our innermost secrets shall be judged (Rom.2:16). We can hide nothing from God, not even our thoughts (Eze.11:5).

1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: (KJV) The heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of Him during your time as foreigners here on earth.

Luke 10:30-37 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. [31] And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. [32] And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. [33] But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, [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. [35] And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. [36] Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? [37] And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. (KJV)

There are three different views in these verses:

  • #1 The thief . . . what you have is mine.
  • #2 The priest and the Levite . . . what I have is mine 
  • #3 The good Samaritan . . . what I have is yours.

This parable pictures the love of Christ for us. Like the traveler, we too are wounded and left to die. We can do absolutely nothing to save ourselves. Then steps in the Good Samaritan (Jesus), and binds up our wounds and makes arrangements for our care and welfare.

There are three things to consider in this parable:

  • #1 Our lack of love is easy to justify.
  • #2 Our neighbor is anyone (whosoever), red, yellow, black or white; any race, creed, culture, social background, ANYONE that is in need.
  • #3 Love means taking action when you see someone in need. This does NOT only apply to money! It includes love; a hug, a smile, just showing you care. It includes sharing; your time, your knowledge, a shoulder to cry on. I am referring to people in true need!

There are many people who prey on others . . . who are too lazy to work, who collect food stamps and welfare checks when they are well able to go out and make a living for themselves. I am talking about people who expect, even demand that the government support them. God has some specific things to say about them.

Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: (KJV)

Proverbs 19:24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. (KJV)

Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. (KJV)

Proverbs 21:25-26 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. [26] He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not. (KJV)

Ephes. 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. (KJV)

1 Thes. 4:11-12 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; [12] That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. (KJV)

2 Thes. 3:10-12 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. [11] For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. [12] Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. (KJV) ANY able bodied person who does not work should not eat.

Why is it wrong to show favoritism to the wealthy, the powerful, the famous, etc.??

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