by Theodore Wright
James 2:14 (NKJV)
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
Or in other words “can that faith save him”. That kind of faith, is a dead faith, not a saving faith and hence not real faith.
True faith in Christ saves and produces good works.
James 2:15-17 (NKJV)
If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
What makes that kind of faith a dead one is the lack of love.
Real faith is a faith that works by love.
James 2:18-19 (NKJV)
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe — and tremble!
Real faith demonstrates itself by works of love. Knowledge is not the same as belief.
It is belief in Jesus which saves.
James 2:20-21 (NKJV)
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
Yet, we also read in Romans 4:2-5 (NKJV)…
For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,
So how then is someone justified, by faith or by works? Abraham was justified before men by his works but justified before God by his faith. Faith does result in works if it is indeed the true and justifying kind.
The works mentioned in the above passage cannot be in reference to “works of the law” as the law of Moses did not even exist as yet during Abraham’s time.
Therefore, we are not saved by works at all of any kind except by the work of Jesus Christ Himself through the Spirit of God!
Titus 3:5 (NKJV)
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Hebrews 9:14 (NKJV)
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?
We cannot be justified by a faith that doesn’t work. But yet, neither can we be justified by faith and works.
Romans 11:6 (NKJV)
And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
Once you have attempt to add works to grace you have denied God’s grace that is received by faith.
Then how are we justified? By faith which works!
James 2:22 (NKJV)
Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
Faith did the works through Abraham. We are saved only by faith. However, that faith is a fruitfully productive one which is spurred by love.
James 2:23 (NKJV)
And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.
It was Abraham’s faith belief that He was made righteous by God.
Works demonstated this justifying faith.
James 2:24 (NKJV)
You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
We see that a man is justified only by faith which demonstrates itself by works. Works cannot save, faith plus works cannot save, but faith which works does save.
We see faith in action.
James 2:25 (NKJV)
Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
Hebrews 11:31 (NKJV)
By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.
Faith was working together with the works of Rahab.
We can see now that faith must have love to work.
James 2:26 (NKJV)
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Faith without works is dead being alone without love.
Having faith alone in Jesus Christ for your salvation means that you are believing only in Jesus to save you. It also means you are not placing your faith in anyone or anything else, not even in your own works, for your salvation.
This does not mean that faith salvation is that which is alone lacking love or resulting works. Dead faith doesn’t work but real and true living faith works!
Trusting in a false “faith and works” gospel or “faith plus works” gospel denies the work Jesus did to save you and renounces Him as the only and true Savior.
Galatians 5:6 (NKJV)
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything,
but faith working through love.
Real salvation is found in the true “faith which works” gospel because faith works by love!
FAITH + LOVE = WORKS
FAITH + LOVE = SALVATION, true gospel
This is a real and productive faith.
FAITH – WORKS ≠ LOVE
FAITH – WORKS ≠ SALVATION
FAITH – WORKS = LICENTIOUSNESS, false gospel
This is a dead faith.
FAITH – LOVE ≠ WORKS
FAITH – LOVE ≠ SALVATION
FAITH – LOVE = EMPTY RELIGION, false gospel
This is a superficial faith.
FAITH + WORKS ≠ LOVE
FAITH + WORKS ≠ SALVATION
FAITH + WORKS = LEGALISM, false gospel
This is a counterfeit faith.
There is no need to add works to faith to be saved because faith is what produces works. Moreover, your works cannot save you.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Dividing your faith in Jesus Christ with other people, things or works not only distracts you from Jesus, the only and true Savior, but actually prevents you from receiving salvation which comes only through faith alone in Him.
If you could be saved by your own works in addition to God’s grace through faith then you would become your own savior and Jesus would be but merely your co-savior. What blasphemy!
Who else do you believe saves you besides Jesus Christ to insult His name? Do you trust a church denomination, religious leaders or dead people? How many saviors do you put your faith in?
In order for salvation to be received it must be received by faith alone in the only true Savior Jesus Christ. Otherwise it cannot be received at all.
John 14:6 (NKJV)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Acts 4:12 (NKJV)
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Acts 16:31b (NKJV)
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,
Scripture taken from the New King James Version.
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