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Pamphlet #5128 KCJames5-2

There is much more spiritual starvation in our land than there is physical.

Let's start again with verse 15.

James 2:15
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?

Telling a brother or sister to go in peace and be satisfied, while not supplying him or her with clothing and food for their body shows a pretty calloused attitude, wouldn't you agree?

 Again, this applies to the flesh, but we must know that there are two bodies, the flesh and the spiritual body even as Paul taught us in 1 Cor. 15:44, "There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body."

There is much more spiritual starvation in our land than there is physical.

Are you able to give that which is needful to the spiritual bodies of our brothers and sisters!

[17] Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
The point here isn't that you should run out and do many "wonderful works", like giving care packages to the homeless for the purpose of showing the world what a great Christian you are and that you have faith.

Many try to do that, i.e. show others what good Christians they are.

Certainly there is nothing wrong with giving and helping people and volunteering your time, etc.

Our people are even known for their humanitarian works.

But, if they aren't careful they may be among the MANY who will come to the Lord when He returns and try to cash in on their "good and wonderful works" as documented in Matthew 7:

Matthew 7:22
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And what will Jesus say to these folks who claim to be "saved" and "born again" Christians and who now do these "wonderful works" while claiming to have faith?
[23]And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Your "faith" and isn't derived from your works!

It is just the opposite, your good works are result, a manifestation, of the faith you have.

In other words, if you truly have faith and believe in God and His Word then your faith will be evidenced in the good works that you do.

Otherwise, you have a real problem with your faith and you have deceived yourself by listening to the unbridled tongues of the "many who come in His name and deceive many".

James 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.
If one cannot show any works then his faith is simply an alleged faith.

"Oh," but you say, "that's not all my friend!
I not only have faith but I'm a believer too!
I believe that God is one!"

Well, that's a good start, but did you know that Satan and his evil cronies also believe there is one God?

Is that how we tell you are a Christian, by what you say and what you claim to believe? Yadda, yadda, yadda!

[19] Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
We can tell that a person is wicked by the evil deeds he does, can't we?

Again, the analogy is that a good tree brings forth good fruit, but a bad tree brings forth evil fruit, or perhaps no fruit at all.

[20] But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
So listen up, O vain man (as if to say airhead)!

It is real plain and simple.

If you say you have faith yet you've got no works showing that you do, then you are all talk and your faith is dead, spelled D-E-A-D!

Is there anything you don't understand about the word "dead", that is, in light of your difficulty with knowing what having "faith" means?

Here are just two examples of faith bringing forth good works.

Many more examples can be found summarized in Hebrews chapter 11, which is often called the faith chapter.

You see, we KNOW all these servants of God had faith because of what they did!

That's the whole point!

It is not complicated at all!

James 2:21
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Abraham's "work" in offering up Isaac wasn't just an act of obedience to God, like because he was afraid he would get zapped or because he thought he could earn salvation points. It was a display of his faith in God, for you see, God had promised to raised up the Messiah through his son Isaac and yet he was being told to sacrifice him on the altar.

But Abraham believed God and had the faith to know that God knew what He doing and that perhaps He intended to raise Him from the dead.

So Abraham was willing, in faith, to give up his only begotten son.

That shows real faith!

Hebrews 11:17
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

[18] Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

[19] Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

Isaac was miracle child anyway, wasn't he?
James 2:22
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
The question James is asking, O vain man, is that do you see how "faith" and "works" go together, hand in hand.

You can't have one without the other.

You can't go out and do good works to prove you have faith and you can't have real faith without being a doer.

[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.
Wow, imagine being called the Friend of God!

Well, IF you are a "doer" of His Word, and not just a pew potato, then you are also a Friend of God.

Jesus said so Himself:

John 15:14
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Do you see that a man is justified by his being a "doer", i.e. by his works, and not just because he says he has faith?

Faith cannot stand alone, apart from works, or it isn't really faith at all.

James 2:24
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Again, you cannot separate the two.

You cannot have one without the other.

Here is another fine example of faith in action!

James 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?
Amidst all the non-believers, it was Rahab the harlot who believed that "a few good men" with God's help were going to take the city and because of her faith she was willing to risk her life and everything she owned to perform a great service to God's people.

That alone showed she had faith.

She was a "doer", a woman who took action.

She could have just told the men of Israel to depart and that she would pray for them that God would deliver them, but she didn't.

She pitched in and helped get the job done and she received great blessings because of her "actions".

Yes, she received the gift of life.

Hebrews 11:31
By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

James 2:26
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

It is not even matter of being successful in your works.

Abraham never actually went through with the sacrifice of Isaac, i.e. the knife never pierced his son, but because of his faith, which was demonstrated in his willingness to "do it", he was justified by God.

Wow, where does that kind of faith come from?

Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
First you must continue to look into the perfect law of liberty, the Word of God, and daily absorb the nourishment from the true vine that you may be able to bear fruit.
James 1:22
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Then you must be a doer, because if you say you have faith and are not a doer, you are just plain kidding yourself!

If you want the blessings of God, continue to study His Word to show yourself approved, which will greatly increase your faith, and then be a doer according to the gifts and talents He has given you.

You will be blessed for the deeds (works) that you do.

Our brother James and fellow servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, says it best:

James 1:25
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them {the ancient Israelites} for ensamples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

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