James 2:5

5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?  NIV

Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him?  NLT
Listen, dear friends. Isn’t it clear by now that God operates quite differently? He chose the world’s down-and-out as the kingdom’s first citizens, with full rights and privileges. This kingdom is promised to anyone who loves God.  The Message
Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? NKJV

8 responses to “James 2:5

  1. money doesnt make u rich god does
    rich in the spirit
    rich when u get to heaven when u get all your jewels for serving him on earth!
    :] ♥ :] ♥

  2. hes saying that God dosent look for the rich and famous people and then say if you arent rich then you cant get to heaven…what he does is look for the humble people who love him and arent just looking out for themselves but genuinely love him and have a heart for him

  3. God chooses people who put Him first in their lives before anything on this earth. The Bible says that we store up our treasures in Heaven not on earth, our treasures in Heaven will be beyond what we can comprehend. All God wants us to do is love Him, to be completely devoted to Him and we are promised to inherit the Kingdom and eternal life with Him.

  4. nice job ally and nice use of another scripture to reinforce this scripture…
    How true is it that God doesnt use the high and mighty…think about Christ…He was royalty but he came to earth born in a manger in a stable and was raised as a carpenter…Then the scriptures also says in Matthe 8:20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

    Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,

    Romans 2:11,12 For God does not show favoritism. All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law

    Acts 10:34 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.

    Job 34:18-19 he not the One who says to kings, ‘You are worthless,’ and to nobles, ‘You are wicked,’ who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?

    Just some extra scriptures to reinforce this scripture

  5. This scripture reminds me of the scripture in Matthew:

    Matthew 5:3-12
    3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
    I find that the more I know about God …. The less knowledgeable I am. I know that might not make since but I think God, and having a relationship with God, makes us really realize how useless we really are. There is nothing we could ever do or say that could have made us worthy of His love. But the secret is ….the big answer….the final jeopardy… God loves us anyway….because He made us in this particular way…so that we could fill our divine purpose to honor, worship, and exalt Him above all else. Until we step down from our self proclaimed “worthiness” and realize God loves us just as much as He loves the most lowly, disgusting, disease infested, scum of the earth. Just remember God HATES sin not the sinner.

  6. We talked about this some tonight at my parent’s house. There are two great examples of God choosing the poor in SCripture.

    1) He chose a nation of scattered slaves to be rescued and reunited in His time and made them His chosen people. All through History, Israel has been the little guy with no land who God rescues and restores and “chooses”. Not the rich and powerful and prestigious Romans or Babylonians. But is it sin, and neglect of God that has returned Israel to slavery every time.

    2) Jesus said that He came to seek and to save those who were lost. The destiture street people and slaves who had no hope of freedom. Not the rulers and kings who thought that they could be saved by their own might.

    We should reach out like God does. He showed us HIs heart in how who chooses people. Don’t fall for man’s logic. Reach out to the lost and clueless.

  7. This reminds me of a scripture in I Cor “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” God does not do things the way that we do–and He chooses people to do His work who the world may not consider worthy. Just as an example…Ron Luce, the founder of Teen Mania Ministries, a global youth ministry organization, was a high-school drop-out and a teenage runaway who had a very terrible childhood, yet God has taken him and used him to change hundreds of thousands of lives, both here in America and around the world.

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