Faith Without Works Is Dead!

“For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”

James 2:26

When we read this verse, some could interpret it to mean that one must possess faith and works to receive salvation. On the surface, it seems James stands opposite of Apostle Paul, who said, “We maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the Law” (Rom. 3:28). On the contrary, James agrees with Paul; however, he also states that faith and works are inseparable. He does not advocate that a person can be justified by works apart from faith. Instead, Paul stresses that by faith, we are saved, and James emphasizes that the natural byproduct of our salvation is good works.

Let’s be clear. Doing something nice for someone with a begrudging attitude and disgruntle heart does not equate to a good work, but doing something with a heart of compassion and love in Jesus’s name, that’s a good work indeed. It is important to understand that there is no amount of good works that will earn God’s favor, His forgiveness of sin. The forgiveness of sin can only be received through Jesus Christ, to be cleansed by His shed blood. Therefore, do not be fooled by those who claim the good works are necessary to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Such teaching is not congruent with God’s word.

In summary, faith is how one obtains salvation–to become a Christian, while works are how we demonstrate our Christianity. Therefore, let us strive to employ good works throughout our day, not as a means to try and earn God’s favor, but that He may glorify Himself through us by enabling others to see Jesus working both in and through us to show and tell the gospel to the world.


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One thought on “Faith Without Works Is Dead!

  1. James Reasor July 15, 2021 / 5:06 PM

    I believe as someone accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal savior, they should seek to be like Him. Jesus traveled throughout the land doing things for humanity as He demonstrated His love and compassion for others. Likewise, we who are followers of Jesus Christ should seek to be like thim. After all, Jesus did tell Peter in John chapter 21 that if he loved Him he should take care of His lambs and His sheep. I believe the same applies to us in this day and time who are followers of Jesus Christ. As we take care of God’s lambs and sheep this will reflect good works. Of course when we do these good works, we should do them in Jesus name. Thank you for sharing this lesson with us! Many blessings to you my brother!


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