James himself goes on to illustrate what works are, using Abraham as his example. Abraham believed God and acted on it [obedience]. So it is the belief and then the act based on that belief that qualifies as faith and works.
Amen Molly........belief = hearer, act based on that belief = doer. Be both a hearer and a doer of the Word. Blessings...
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just (Gk - dikaios - righteous, holy) shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
So this goes back to my earlier question considering my question: If we are to be saved from sin, what part do you think that "good works" plays in salvation from sin? What IS the power of God, and how is it unto salvation?
And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
James makes the statements that works make our faith perfect/complete. Faith is INCOMPLETE without works, because works are the entire point of salvation from sin, a change of works from EVIL to GOOD (from murderer to healer, from liar to truthspeaker, from prostitute to Christ-in-marriage)...
That is how the just LIVE by faith.
amen Living faith , I can see the difference now between the DEAD works and the good ones
James speaks of dead works LACKING FAITHor faith lacking works or one without the other
two places in hebrews on the dead works /lacking faith
Hbr 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works
, and of faith toward God,
Hbr 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works
to serve the living God?
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Jam 2:18 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.
Jam 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Jam 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Jam 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Jam 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
Jam 2:23 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.
Jam 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Jam 2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent [them] out another way?
Jam 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
cool stuff guys