4. Abraham's desire for God's glory was uppermost at all times. 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. Was it not a great venture for God to call any man His friend? 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. 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. Thomas. Complete.3. He gives over to us all that He has; and friendship with God will necessitate that we give to Him all that we have.6. When Abraham pleaded with God for Sodom, the Lord patiently hearkened to his renewed pleadings. Well, then, you must be fully reconciled to Him. It was well that they landed at all; but when it is my lot again to cross to France, I trust I shall put my foot on shore in a better plight than that. A diet is one thing. THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD ASSURES US THAT ALL THE OCCURRENCES OF LIFE, HOWEVER VARIED AND PERPLEXING, SHALL CONTRIBUTE TO AN ULTIMATE WELFARE. (6) There was also between these friends a mutual love and delight. Justified by works.Abraham's faith and privilegesT. Jesus Himself invites us to live and act, and be His friends. THE TITLE TO BE UTILISED for practical purposes. The imitation of the Divine character gives to the mind the lofty pleasures of benevolent feeling and action.II. Complete.3. Work with a spirit suiting the gospel.3. Abraham loved God for God's sake, and followed Him fully, and so the Lord made him His confidant, and found pleasure in manifesting Himself to him, and in trusting to him His sacred oracles. Beveridge.If I see fruit growing upon a tree, I know what tree it is upon which such fruit grows. Love must be created in your heart; gratitude must beget attachment, and attachment must cause delight. NLT New Living Translation. I am sure if we are God's friends our greatest joy is to draw near to God, even to God our exceeding joy.IV. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 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. (6) There was also between these friends a mutual love and delight. Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? He was himself a poor man. There was great propriety and fulness of meaning in the name as applied to him.1. Just Published Cathy's New Book James Study Guide. 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. (4) This friendship resulted in the bestowal of innumerable benefits. Faith announces itself, but in another way. Having cleared our way thus far, we are in a position to do two things, viz. 4. That's not the goal, anyway. Personal communication.3. It was well that they landed at all; but when it is my lot again to cross to France, I trust I shall put my foot on shore in a better plight than that. Founded on faith.III. The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear Him. I have only one more evidence to produce, which is this: that even Satan himself, who is the father of lies, never yet ventured to impugn the great truth for which I am contending. Plummer, . James 2:1-13. Plummer, . earthly distinctions should be indiscernible in the presence of. "Why cumbereth it the ground?" Well, then, you must be fully reconciled to Him. Whatever God bade him do, he did it promptly and thoroughly. They gaze on the same object, but no cheering light flashes on their woe-worn countenance.II. To be friends, we must exercise a mutual choice: the God who has chosen you must be chosen by you. BELIEVERS MUST SEE THAT THEY HONOUR AND JUSTIFY THEIR FAITH BY WORKS. He was so obese, clergy had trouble fitting him into his stone sarcophagus, and the stench of his body filled the chapel with a foul smell. _ James 2:1-13 Let me open this mornings message by asking you a question, ^Are you a Christian snob? Plummer, . The Lord never forsook Abraham: even when the patriarch erred, the Lord remembered and rescued him. Next to this, Abraham's obedience to God was unquestioning. (4) This friendship resulted in the bestowal of innumerable benefits. The case supposed is in all respects an extreme one; yet how correctly it depicts human nature! He did not cast him off in old age. Though there still be latent spiritual life, its glow is only kept up by active stirring. 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. 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. 3. They gaze on the same object, but no cheering light flashes on their woe-worn countenance.II. It must be carefully observed that by good fruits, good works, I do not mean merely moral conduct. The faith which produces joy is the trust and confidence of the heart in the atonement and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ! There was great propriety and fulness of meaning in the name as applied to him. Brooks.I. But they never get beyond that. No other New Testament epistle begins this way. IN BOTH CASES THERE IS A KNOWLEDGE OF HISTORICAL FACTS. Worldly distinctions of wealth and rank should be dwarfed into nothingness before our minds when we realize that those who assemble in the house of God are the guests of the Lord of glory.". Parker, D. D.(1 Peter 1:8): β€” Why believing should in one case produce "joy unspeakable," and in another convulse the spirit with paroxysms of agony.I. Parker, D. D.(1 Peter 1:8): β€” Why believing should in one case produce "joy unspeakable," and in another convulse the spirit with paroxysms of agony.I. THE TITLE TO BE UTILISED for practical purposes.1. By some they were declined or deferred: "Suffer me first to go and bury my father." On certain grand occasions we read: "The Lord made a covenant with Abram." An empty barren faith is a dead faith. As water, though naturally cold, admits of a high degree of heat, but if removed from the fire will gradually become cold again, so our religious affections, to whatever fervour, liveliness, and vigour they may have been raised, will, if not kept awake and recruited by fresh matter, insensibly abate into lukewarmness and even coldness. Work with a spirit suiting the gospel.3. Next to this, Abraham's obedience to God was unquestioning. She believed the coming ruin of Sodom. In every other region where it works, is not faith the grand worker in this world? James 5:7-9: Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. There is all this difference between being "saved so as by fire," and having "an abundant entrance ministered unto us "into the kingdom. (3) More than that, compacts were entered into. How ABRAHAM MANIFESTED HIS FRIENDSHIP TO GOD.1. THAT FAITH MUST BE PROVED BY SOME TEST; and β€”. The heavens are not pure in His sight, and He charged His angels with folly, and yet He takes a man and sets him apart to be His friend. II. and just as the household of Abimelech had been healed in answer to Abraham's supplication. I would prefer to cross the Channel in comfort, and land with pleasure. Constancy is also seen on the human side of this renowned friendship: Abraham did not turn aside to worship any false God. H. It was, therefore, contrary to "the spirit of a sound mind" to court the rich. Jesus Himself invites us to live and act, and be His friends. 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. 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. Parker, D. D.)Conviction not conversionFaith begins in conviction, and there are many who halt at this stage. Having cleared our way thus far, we are in a position to do two things, viz. Bengel. Now notice THE TITLE VINDICATED. The friend of God must not spend a day without God, and he must undertake no work apart from his God.5. IV. (Dean Plumptre.)Empty-headedA. (4) Because unavailable to eternal life, of no more use and service to you than a dead thing. The Divine immutability is, on the contrary, the source of the Christian's most rapturous joy! Look at the name, "Friend of God," and regard it as A TITLE TO BE WONDERED AT.1. The Lord styled Israel, even rebellious Israel, "The seed of Abraham My friend" (Isaiah 41:8).II. Oh, that we may get to ourselves this good degree, this diploma, as "Friend of God"! DBY Darby Translation. 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. James; Chapter 2; Verse 5; Sermons on James 2:5. He did not what others would have done, because he feared the Lord. They put the Word of God into shoe leather! First, then, we call your attention to the infallible proofs by which we evince THE EXISTENCE OF GOD. BELIEVERS MUST SEE THAT THEY HONOUR AND JUSTIFY THEIR FAITH BY WORKS. There simply is no other way, no matter which celebrity happens to be pitching her new product on an Infomercial later today. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers." 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. Once with solemn sacrifice a light passed between the divided portions of the victims. In order to attain it, there must be β€”I. 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. Difficult to acquire.II. James 2:1-4 Faith Without Favoritism; James 2:5-7 God of the Poor; James 2:8-13 The Royal Law of Liberty IV. "(2) Because it receiveth not the quickening influences of the Spirit. Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. James 1:2-4: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 1. And have you noticed a trend in the miracle stories? (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). The Christian knows nothing of the suspense which fickleness would have occasioned, and which is so fatal to calmness and rapture; he rests his head on the assurances of the eternal.IV. No such necessity can be supposed of the All-sufficient God. It asks historical questions like what challenges were they facing and what questions were they asking. Received the promises with all humility.2. That the propagation of this faith is entrusted to human instrumentality. The Lord is a Friend who can never know a limit in blessing His friends. 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. Work with a spirit suiting the gospel.3. 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. As to a matter of importance, and worthy of attention and regard; being an instance of the divine conduct towards the poor, and carries in it a strong argument against respect of persons: hath not God chosen the poor of this world? By communion.3. Beveridge. Ecclesiastical servility towards the rich is a form of mammon-worship; while the one power which the Church should exalt is that of character. Faith in moral truth, in all worlds, must always have an influence on the emotions.3. It answers clearly to the "Raca" of Matthew 5:22. 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. (2)Apprehension for the future.III. (2)Of a great sound and noise; can talk of grace, boast of knowledge, glory in their faith. Human sympathy, like faith, if it is to work anything, must bring out its direct results, or it is altogether an unprofitable thing. Practice is the proper evidence of genuine faith. 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. Does knowledge inspire joy? It looks at cultural issues like what were the common practices and beliefs of people in that time and place that this book was written to? By His care.II. We now see that faith is not a mere intellectual exercise.2. Oh, that we may get to ourselves this good degree, this diploma, as "Friend of God"! So maybe you never find the spotlight of the Super Bowl television cameras, or the popping flashbulbs of a beauty-pageant runway. Can two walk together except they be agreed? Sir Noel Paton received a chrysalis as a specimen to paint in a picture. By zeal and obedience.(G. Having a faith that works is far more valuable than a temporary moment of worldly success. Spiritual happiness here is the great evidence of personal Christianity.5. Satan never knew an instance in which the Divine faithfulness had failed! Brooks.I. The chrysalis had burst into a half-formed butterfly and perished. He began a reformation. 3. Manton. Hath God spoken, and shall He not perform? 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting … 1:20 5. How ABRAHAM MANIFESTED HIS FRIENDSHIP TO GOD.1. Luther. He β€”1. The greeting of 1:1 is similar to that of James, the Lord’s brother, in Acts 15:23. Customer Service Hours:Β 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT Monday - Friday Phone:Β (800) 458-2772. )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. III. THE CAUSE OF THIS GREAT DIFFERENCE IN THE PERSONAL RESULTS OF FAITH. pluck it off; who would suffer a dead plant in his garden? β€”, 1. Increase in love to God, and in nearness of access to Him, that the Lord may at this good hour stoop down to us as our great Friend, and then lift us up to be known as His friends.I. As Satan stands in the solemn temple of history, he trembles under the remorseless tyranny of self-condemnation!III. He β€”1. But you have not gone far enough yet.3. 2. Abraham's trust in God was implicit. Nay! What, then, is the result of the Satanic knowledge? Months later, I picked up some details from the receiving end of that project. 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. Abraham's trust in God was implicit. Luther. Sir Noel Paton received a chrysalis as a specimen to paint in a picture. From that "Wilt thou know?" But what of the devils? 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. He was God's servant and yet His friend; therefore he obeyed as seeing Him that is invisible, and trusting Him whom he could not understand.4. IN BOTH CASES THERE IS A KNOWLEDGE OF HISTORICAL FACTS. The religion that we want is the religion that has Christ for its root, and good works in everything for its fruits. He received and returned the friendship of God. Introduction. From that "Wilt thou know?" At another time it is written that God sware by Himself, saying, "Surely, blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee." 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. Satan never knew an instance in which the Divine faithfulness had failed! Faith is not only a simple, it is a sensible act. He was his shield, and his exceeding great reward, and the Lord Himself delighted to commune with Abraham. God its Author, the heart its seat, good works its fruits, Christ its object, and it saves the sinner by bringing him to the Saviour. We believe in the relations which this high and holy God sustains towards the human family. He opened it and found, not the chrysalis, but a dead butterfly β€” one beautiful wing outstretched against the polished metal, the other partially developed and still entangled among the cotton. Be loyal to Christ.2. Regard this name as THE TITLE TO BE SOUGHT AFTER. Not by any merit of its own, for it is the gift of God, and it is the work of the Holy Spirit, and it is no more than the rope which the drowning man clutches, and by which another pulls him living to the shore. Manton, D. D.I. At least his horse must've felt some relief. Progressive.3. A little word from a friend will pain you much more than a fierce slander from an enemy.(C. The two friends grasped hands, and pledged their troth. How quickly their perception changes! The impotent man had laid many a weary year by the pool of Bethesda. Practice is the proper evidence of real thankfulness to God. THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD INVOLVES THE ASSURANCE OF SUCCOUR IN-SEASONS OF PERPLEXITY AND DANGER. They have heard the evidence, examined it, and are clearly, fully persuaded of its truth. There was great propriety and fulness of meaning in the name as applied to him.1. That Object is God β€” God as the Creator, Sustainer, and Saviour. Again, we believe that this God is a Being of all possible excellence, and of infinite glory and blessedness; infinitely good and infinitely great; of unsearchable wisdom, of inviolable truth, of immaculate purity, of exhaustless patience, of unbending equity, of incomparable benignity, and of boundless love. There is all this difference between being "saved so as by fire," and having "an abundant entrance ministered unto us "into the kingdom. Next to this, Abraham's obedience to God was unquestioning. If we are to be the friends of God, there must be a conformity of heart, and will, and design, and character to God. It cannot be that He is solitary: He is within Himself a whole, not only of unity, but of tri-personality β€” Father, Son, and Holy Spirit β€” and herein is fellowship enough. Be prudent.4. Spiritual.2. Having cleared our way thus far, we are in a position to do two things, viz. A vain faith and a vain man are oft suited and matched.3. The Father of the faithful was beyond all men "the Friend of God," and the head of that chosen race of believers whom Jesus calls His friends. Faith is very powerful. In this case the august Friend displays His pure love, since He has nothing to gain. Constancy is also seen on the human side of this renowned friendship: Abraham did not turn aside to worship any false God. Visits were received, and secrets were made known, and thus friendship grew. Love must be created in your heart; gratitude must beget attachment, and attachment must cause delight. Most deliberately, heartily, resolutely, undividedly, you must choose God to be your God and your Friend. The life of Abraham was rich with mercies. for we are led to judge the character of God by the character of the man whom He selects to be His friend. Let us enjoy heaven on the road to heaven. It is as impious to deny the utility and necessity of good works as it is to ascribe merit to them. )The Friend of GodG. If we have got as far as that, then the next thing will surely follow β€” there must be a continual intercourse. Does knowledge inspire joy? 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. That a mere profession of belief is useless must appear very evident to any one who chooses to give the matter the slightest consideration. (8) More than that, the Lord kept His friendship to Abraham by favouring his posterity. 2. Manton, D. D.I. Why not? 1:26; 3:1-12), taking care of the orphans and widows (Jas. Again, I say, no nobility is comparable to this. By His care.II. He gives over to us all that He has; and friendship with God will necessitate that we give to Him all that we have. If we are to be the friends of God, there must be a conformity of heart, and will, and design, and character to God. We also may be called friends of God. You must rejoice in the Lord, and maintain close intercourse with Him. 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. The Lord never forsook Abraham: even when the patriarch erred, the Lord remembered and rescued him. "Why cumbereth it the ground?" James says, "Faith if it have not works, is dead." 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! An empty barren faith is a dead faith. Spiritual happiness here is the great evidence of personal Christianity. Aspire after the best gifts. Oh! Patents of nobility are mere vanity when laid side by side with this transcendent honour. Or it can even be the sign of greed, dishonesty, and selfishness. They are the way to the kingdom, as one said, though not the cause of reigning. Abraham loved God for God's sake, and followed Him fully, and so the Lord made him His confidant, and found pleasure in manifesting Himself to him, and in trusting to him His sacred oracles. Thomas. Series: James. 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. III. God has given you wings! When Abraham pleaded with God for Sodom, the Lord patiently hearkened to his renewed pleadings. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. It is the perfection of reason to believe, not this false world, not the father of lies, but God; and especially to believe Him on subjects of too large grasp for our puny minds, and quite beyond the range of our senses, not excepting His declarations on the high mysteries of the Trinity and the atonement of His well-beloved Son. And if it hadn't been for all those peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches he kept deep-frying in butter, the Sleeping Beauty Diet might have worked for Elvis! They had the feelings, but no work! None of us will be content with a scanty measure of grace, when we may have life more abundantly. (1) The Lord often visited Abraham (Genesis 15:11 17:1; 18:1, etc.). Faith is a reasonable thing. Justified by works.Abraham's faith and privilegesT. None of us will be content with a scanty measure of grace, when we may have life more abundantly. THE OBJECT OF FAITH IS THE SAME IN BOTH CASES. FAITH IS NOT GENUINE UNLESS IT PRODUCES SUCH ACTIONS AS ABRAHAM'S.(T. Patents of nobility are mere vanity when laid side by side with this transcendent honour. He was a perfect child towards God, and therefore a complete man.2. Yet, behold, in infinite condescension the Lord deigns to seek the acquaintance of His own creature, the love of man, the friendship of Abraham. Luther. H. Spurgeon.Abraham was called the Friend of God because he was so. No such necessity can be supposed of the All-sufficient God. By confidence.2. max volume. 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