The Book of James: Faith That Works – Week 2
January 15, 2023
Here, James argues against favoritism and for the necessity of good deeds. He presents three principles of faith: 1) commitment is an essential part of faith. You cannot be a Christian simply by affirming the right doctrines or agreeing with biblical facts (2:19). You must commit your mind and heart to Christ 2) Right actions are the natural by-products of true faith. A genuine Christian will have a changed life (2:18). 3) Faith without good deeds doesn’t do anybody any good–it is useless (2:14-17). James’s teachings are consistent with Paul’s teaching that we receive salvation by faith alone. Paul emphasizes the purpose of faith: to bring salvation. James emphasizes the results of faith: a changed life.