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Boasting in Exaltation and Humiliation

James 1:9-10

By James Fraser

James’s New Testament letter is packed with wisdom for believers, and in chapter 1 he has something profound to say to Christians who find themselves at both ends of the socio-economic spectrum. Those who are low down should consider themselves to be exalted, while those who are rich should take pride in humiliation. Why? Because although our temporary material circumstances do have practical implications, it is our status in Christ that has ultimate, eternal significance.


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In his New Testament letter, James was writing to Christians who were familiar with the experience of trials. And those trials almost certainly included persecution and oppression. After mentioning that at the start of chapter 1 he then goes on to say this in verses 9-10:

Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.

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