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James 2: In 2:21-12 the initial question is varied again:

Berlin, Reichstag, 11.11.1989
Berlin, Reichstag, 11.11.1989

Now the moral level is touched: After the external conflict (ability) and the internal conflict (will), the problem is once again aggravated as a moral conflict:

May Jesus heal? May Jesus play God and cancel the punishment of the disease imposed by God? In 2:13-17 the question of forgiveness of sins is generalized.

The moral question becomes the theological one: may Jesus remove the Jewishly commanded barrier between the people of God, the Jews, and the Gentiles?

The message of the whole passage is: Yes, Jesus may heal and he did. Gentiles, if they want and believe, can belong to the people of God.

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