Our Verse of the Day for Sunday, June 28th, 2015 is James 2:26
A FAITH THAT WORKS
"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
There has been an ongoing controversy over the nature of our salvation. The conflict between faith and works finds its roots in the second chapter of James, "Faith without works is dead." All through scripture the emphasis is on the fact that salvation is wholly by grace through faith in Christ Jesus alone and "not of works, lest anyone should boast". However, the Bible also teaches that true saving faith is always accompanied by fruit and will result in good works. James was talking about a faith that works. There is an eternity's worth of difference between faith with works and faith that works. (See James 2:14-26)
The two do not contradict each other; in fact, they complement each other.
Faith and works according to James - The emphasis should be on what Jesus called the "fruit" of our faith. James was simply arguing for the evidence of faith.
Faith and works according to Paul - Paul reminded us that "we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Eph. 2:10)
As you meditate on the relationship between faith and works, remember, it is a faith that works that pleases God.
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