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JAMES 2. Faith at Work. James 2. Faith that does not work is faith that will not save Salvation by “faith only” is a most destructive doctrine and very full of deception !. Faith does not harbor prejudice , Jas 2:1-13. Faith and favoritism do not coexist, 2:1-9

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james 21
James 2
  • Faith that does not work is faith that will not save
  • Salvation by “faith only” is a most destructive doctrine and very full of deception!
faith does not harbor prejudice jas 2 1 13
Faith does not harborprejudice, Jas 2:1-13
  • Faith and favoritism do not coexist, 2:1-9
    • Partiality (respect of persons): Has respect for outward circumstances
    • Makes outward judgments, 1 Sam 16:6-7
    • Peter was taught this necessary lesson as the gospel spread to Gentiles, Acts 10:34-35
      • God does not show partiality!
faith does not harbor prejudice jas 2 1 131
Faith does not harborprejudice, Jas 2:1-13
  • Partiality is an unrighteous judgment against others and against God’s law, Jas 2:1-4; cf. Jno 7:24; Jas 4:11-12
    • The LOM commanded righteous judgment and justice, Lev 19:15
    • Israel was taught it is sin to despise your neighbor, Prov 14:20-21
    • “Do all things without partiality”, 1 Tim 5:21
faith does not harbor prejudice jas 2 1 132
Faith does not harborprejudice, Jas 2:1-13
  • Partiality is against God’s nature and purpose, Jas 2:5
  • Partiality is dishonorable, Jas 2:6 (Rom 12:9-10)
  • Partiality does not change minds, Jas 2:7
  • Partiality fails to love neighbor as self, Jas 2:8-9
faith does not harbor prejudice jas 2 1 133
Faith does not harborprejudice, Jas 2:1-13
  • Faith does not rationalize and minimize sin, Jas 2:10-13
    • Uncorrected sin brings death! Jas 1:15-16
    • Sin by commission and omission, Jas 2:11; 4:17
    • Judged by the law of liberty, not by partiality toward self and others, Jas 2:12 (1:25)
    • Judged by the judgment we give, 2:13 (Matt 5:7; Lk 6:36-38) Gal 6:7
faith is at work when it obeys god jas 2 14 20
Faith is at work whenit obeys God, Jas 2:14-20
  • Many kinds of works in the NT, Eph 2:8-10
  • Faith without works of faith will not save Heb 10:36-39
    • No spiritual profit, 2:14-16
    • Is alone and dead, 2:17
    • Is unseen, 2:18
    • Is held by demons, 2:19
faith is at work when it obeys god jas 2 14 201
Faith is at work whenit obeys God, Jas 2:14-20
  • Faith without works (of faith) will not save Heb 10:36-39
    • Is barren and fruitless, 2:20
    • Is incomplete, 2:21-22
    • Is not accounted for righteousness, 2:23
    • Cannot justify, 2:24-25
    • Is dead, 2:26
faith is at work when it obeys god jas 2 14 202
Faith is at work whenit obeys God, Jas 2:14-20
  • Faith without works (of faith) will not save Heb 10:36-39
    • Obedience faith is necessary to be saved from past sins, Jno 6:29; Rom 10:10; Acts 2:37-38; 22:16
    • Works of faith are essential in order to remain true to Christ, Eph 2:10; Gal 5:6
faith is made complete in obedience jas 2 21 26
Faith is made completein obedience, Jas 2:21-26
  • The faith of Abraham was perfected by his obedience, Jas 2:21-23
    • Justified (declared righteous) by works, 2:21
      • He obeyed by faith, Heb 11:17
      • Trusted God would keep His word, Heb 11:18-19
      • His faith was active in his obedience – this pleased God, Jas 2:22; Gen 22:12
      • Obedient faith counted for righteousness, 2:23
faith is made complete in obedience jas 2 21 261
Faith is made completein obedience, Jas 2:21-26
  • The faith that saves is the faith that obeys God, Jas 2:24-26
    • Justification by “faith only” is false! 2:24 (Heb 5:9; Lk 17:10)
      • Rahab: Example of deliverance because she had an active faith, Jas 2:25
      • Death: Example of faith without works – Lifeless, Jas 2:26
god has prepared good works for us eph 2 10
God has prepared good works for us, Eph 2:10
  • Be faithful to walk in the works of faith
  • If we believe we can walk in favoritism and not obey the word of God, then we are faithless
  • In such unbelief one forfeits God’s mercy and is a guilty transgressor
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