Faith Without Works Is Dead
Brothers, we are told here in the book of James that indeed faith without works is dead. We as children of God are to allow both faith, and works to go hand in hand with each of us who walk in the light as Jesus was in the light. When Jesus was here on earth he did many works which taught his disciples, and the new believers that both faith, and works were to be required of both, them in His day, and us in our day.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
Brothers, please treat the poor as you would the rich, and give unto them the things that the body, and spirit needs. We are told here that faith without works is dead. Do not allow your faith to be dead faith by not doing the works which must accompany your faith.
God makes a very strong statement here in the book of James. He tells us that only a foolish person believes faith apart from works is righteousness no, he says that faith without works is useless. He reminds us of Abraham whom he called His friend because he had both faith and works, not just faith, and not just works, but faith and works.
He tells us that we are justified by faith and works, not by either one alone. He tells us in the last sentence that, 'For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
Brothers, please go about this hour walking in the light, and showing all whom you meet that faith, and works are in you, and that you stay in the light as Jesus did by knowing and exhibiting your faith by your works. Please remember that your faith alone will not make you righteous, and neither will works alone make you righteous, but rather in faith and works you will be made righteous. Praise God! Walk as Christ Jesus walked.
God Bless you my brothers,
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