“Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.” (James 1:9–11, KJV)
“The brother in humble circumstances can be glad in his high standing spiritually, and the one who is rich can be glad for his human frailty (knowing that he has “eternal glory” in Christ, 2 Cor. 4:17). Social prominence passes away, wealth withers away like a wild flower in the hot sun, and fame will fade. Hope in the eternal is evidence of believing faith.” Bible Knowledge Commentary, John Walvoord
This plays a bit truer than the JFB commentary, which can’t make up its mind which commentary it is citing is the truest. The JFB wavers (ignoring the very context of this passage which is not to waver!), and cannot make up its mind whether this passage says that a rich man will never be saved or not. David Cloud answers this well in his ABSS series’ – the rich man rarely is saved, because they are like the wealthy man in the Gospel, who accumulates great wealth, and the Lord answers, “Thou fool, this night thy soul will be required of thee.”
Rarely – but that does not mean it doesn’t happen! If the Lord were to see fit to give me great wealth – then I would now be required to manifest it wisely. Certainly, the point of those with wealth, is that it is required in the Bible they help those without wealth. That’s the point of the rich… to help those in need in churches. I’m not going to get into “Well, they’re in a bind of their own doing…” That’s for every person so blessed to decide to what point they will help. I’m just going to say, that for a wealthy man, don’t you think the Lord is going to ask you a question about this at the believer’s judgment?
THe only exception I know of is this – if you are poor because you refuse to work, then start begging. Because the Bible is very clear on this. Yes, I’d love to sit around and do nothing all day except what I want. But the Bible is very clear on this – I am to work a job. And you are too. I’m aiming this comment on the one Messianic congregation I once attended, where it really seemed to me that with the exception of the Navy members in the synagogue, I was the only man that had a job. Messianics just seem to want to sit around all day and not work!
Well, there you go. Get a job.