by Jerry Vines

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Show Me Your Faith (9 of 22)
Series: Behave Yourself
Jerry Vines
James 2:14-26

This is a very important subject, and it is not an easy subject to understand. You do know that you need to put on your thinking cap when you come to God's house because when you deal with the Word of God, you need to do some good solid thinking. I'm going to try to break it down for you and help you to understand it because really what I'm going to deal with this evening is what I call "Show Me Faith." I think that is the great theme of this passage of scripture.

This is the passage where it is believed by many that James contradicts the Apostle Paul. The Apostle Paul in his letters makes it very clear that we are justified by faith in Jesus Christ alone.

Martin Luther grabbed hold to this great truth of justification by faith alone, and it was this truth which began the Reformation. Martin Luther came to understand that we are not saved by any works which we do, that we are justified by faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ plus nothing and minus nothing, and this the great truth of the Reformation literally transformed the Christian faith at that period of time.

Paul is the great hero, the great champion of the truth that we are justified by faith alone. In Romans 3, verse 28, it says, "Therefore, we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law." In Galatians 2, verse 16, he says, "Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." So Paul teaches very clearly that we are justified by faith alone.

Now James comes along and he says in these verses of scriptures that a man is justified by works and not faith alone. In verse 24 it says, "Ye see, then, that by works a man is justified, and not by faith o ...

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