Sunday, 12 June 2011
06:10:26 PM (GMT)
James 2:14-26 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have
faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is
without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep
warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But
someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without
deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God.
Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was
not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son
Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together,
and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that
says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he
was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what
they do and not by faith alone.
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she
did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Ephesians 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this
is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can
boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which
God prepared in advance for us to do.
Real faith is not just something we say, not just something we feel, not just
something we intellectually understand. Faith is an action.