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FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD


James Chapter 2:26
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Brothers reread the above verse again. This is a very powerful statement by James the earthly half-brother of Jesus.

If our spirit leaves our body then we have died. There is no life without our spirit living in our earthly bodies.

Think about this statement, and you will agree with James that there can be no life if our spirit leaves us.

The second part of this statement should ring just as true to us. James was making and analogy here. He says that our faith is dead without our works.

Brothers, he is saying that if our spirit leaves our body then we are dead, and if we have no works for God then our faith is as dead as our body is without our spirit.

Reread this verse again and again until you understand this truth. God expects our works to be the evidence of our faith. We must go about working for our heavenly Father. Our works will be seen as evidence of our faith.

He says 'FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD.' Brothers, please show your faith by your works. We will be held to this standard by our Lord Jesus.

8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Faith alone will not save us brothers.

15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Brothers, please see here that if we do not offer food and clothing to this poor sister or brother then we are without works, and any faith that we have is dead.

19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

God knew that Abraham was a man of faith, but until he was willing to show his faith by his works, by this work was his faith shown not only to God, but also to all who saw his faith. Even in this day some two thousand years later do we see Abraham's great faith. We are told that Abraham believed God. We also must believe God just as Abraham did in his day.

26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

God bless you my brothers;

John Hipp
HVM - C2117