What Does James 2:5 Mean?

Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?

James 2:5(ESV)

Verse Thoughts

God has no partiality for He is equally as desirous to save the rich as the poor, the female as the male, the gentile as the Jew the old as the young, and yet James here seems to imply that God gives special favour to those that are poor, in respect of the riches of this world. How could this be?

Well, although this verse says that God has chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith, there is no bias or favouritism on behalf of God. God knows the heart and He knows all who will trust in Him.

God also knows that a poor man living in needy circumstances is more likely to grasp hold of God’s great gift of salvation, which is given freely to all, rather than a self-sufficient, affluent man whose super-abundance of material possessions and great wealth renders him independent of God’s provision and even disdainful of His free gift of grace.

God knows that those that trust Him and believe His Word are truly rich – for the outcome of believing on the Lord Jesus Christ is forgiveness of sins; peace with God; a new life in Christ; the indwelling Comforter; joint-heirs of Christ’s coming kingdom and a glorious and eternal heavenly home, among a multitude of wonderful blessings that are showered on all who trust in His name.

The world’s opinion of riches is bound up in the baubles of this world that will one day be burned up, while true riches are to be found in Christ.

My Prayer

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for my salvation and the many wonderful promises that I have received by grace, simply because I trust Jesus. Keep my heart humble before you, to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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