34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, "In truth I perceive that God is no respecter [shows no partiality] of persons, [God is fair, God is pure, God is just, and God anonymously pleads with every man to turn from their selfish, evil ways because God would have all men to be saved; but man must heed God's convictions in his day of visitation. However, the vast majority of men love their own, selfish, evil ways; and so they deny the truth and flee from God's revealing of their deeds, unaware it was the light of God reasoning with them and attempting to save them from the consequences of their continued evil, selfish life.]
|James 2:1-4,8-9 |
1 My brothers, do not mix the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with showing partiality towards men.
2 For if one man comes to your assembly with a gold ring, in costly apparel, while a poor man comes in inferior clothing,
3 And if you show respect to the man that wears the prestigious clothing, and say to him, "Sit here in this fine place;" and say to the poor man, "Stand over there, or sit here below my footstool,"
4 Are you not then showing partiality [preferential prejudice] among yourselves, and have you not judged [that person] with evil thoughts?
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well;
9 But if you have respect to persons [showing partiality to certain people, not treating everyone equally], you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.2