Living Illustration Of Authentic Faith
March 14, 2010
James 2:14, "What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?"
James 2:17, "Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."
James 2:20, 'But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?"
James 2:24, "You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only."
James 2:26, "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
It is in the context of James 2:14-26 that the Bible presents Faith that is Dead, Demonic, or Dynamic. The New American Standard Bible translates James 2:18, "You allege to have faith; I have works. I can demonstrate my faith by my works, but I challenge you to exhibit your faith without works."
In effect James says here: "You claim to have 'faith' and I claim to have 'works,' actions, behavior. I can prove the existence and quality of my 'faith' by my works (actions and behavior) but I defy you to prove to me, or any of the rest of mankind, the existence and or quality of your faith. For I do not believe that without works, actions, and behavior you can possibly have any genuine faith."
James B. Adamson
The Epistle of James
I. AUTHENTIC FAITH OF THE PATRIARCH
Remember, James is refuting a heresy claiming that
salvation has no bearing on how we live.
A. VINDICATION. 21
Note v.21 begins the same as v.25
"was not Abraham our father justified by works…"
"was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works…"
The word justified has two general meanings. The first pertains to acquittal, that is, to declaring and treating a person as righteous.
Romans 3:24, "being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus"
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