This week we will be studying James 2, Christian Conduct. The key verse is:
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10)
Yesterday we looked at the law. Today will look at faith and works.
Faith and Works v 14-20
a) Destitute man v 14-16
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? 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?
b) Faith needs works v 17-20
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. 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?
What causes us to fail to put our faith into action? Is it that we fail to have faith that God can accomplish anything He chooses? Do we feel inadequate to in our relationship to our Savior? Each of us needs to spend time with the Lord and iron out these issues. Romans 8:37 states, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
Do we believe this and act upon it?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001