The Book of James: Faith That Works – Week 3

January 22, 2023

James 2:1-13

Here, James argues for the necessity of good works.  He offers three truths:  Commitment is an essential part of faith.  You cannot be a Christian simply by affirming the right doctrines or agreeing with biblical facts.  You must commit your mind and heart to Christ.  Good works are the evidence of true faith.  A genuine Christian will have a changed life.  Faith without good works doesn’t do anybody any good—it is useless.  These statements are consistent with Paul’s teaching that salvation is by faith alone.  Paul emphasizes the purpose of faith—to bring salvation.  James emphasizes the results of faith—a changed life.