THE GENERAL EPISTLE OF JAMES
FAITH WORKS BIBLE STUDY
FAITH VERSUS WORKS BIBLE QUEST
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THE GENERAL EPISTLE OF JAMES
FAITH WORKS BIBLE FACTS
FAITH VERSUS WORKS BIBLE ARGUMENT
It's a fine day to
share some more Daily Bread together! Welcome back to the study of the
letter from James. In this chapter you'll begin to see a marked difference
between Paul and James. Paul's focus is all about
Grace, whereas James
seems to concentrate on law. That doesn't mean that James is a Pharisee, or
a bad guy in any way. In TRUTH it reveals the fact that James taught the
Jewish people which were under the Laws of Moses. Paul on the other hand
taught the Gentiles and the laws of Moses did not apply to them as
today's study off with a little Daily Bread Crumb. Let's talk about law for
a moment. Back in ancient times, the law was a bit different than in our
modern world. The law was the commandments that God gave to Moses.
Then after Joshua's death, there were judges who led the people in following
the commandments of God. Then after that, the people wanted a king, so there
were kings, who then added to the law as they wished. Over thousands of
years, the laws were so expansive that nobody could know all of them and
more important that nobody could bear them so God had to sacrifice His Son
and made a NEW COVENANT which is the NEW TESTAMENT.
Let's continue now with James' letter.
FAITH WORKS BIBLE EVIDENCE
FAITH VERSUS WORKS BIBLE DISCUSSION
My brethren, don't claim to have the Faith of our Lord
Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality toward people. If someone
comes to your congregation with a gold ring, and wearing nice clothes, then
someone else comes in filthy clothes, and you treat the person wearing the
nice clothing better, aren't you being partial in your heart and being
judges of evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren, Hasn't God chosen the
poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He has
promised to those who love him?
But you have
belittled the poor. Don't rich men trouble you, and bring you before the
courts? Don't they blaspheme that worthy name that you're called
(Christians)? If you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture,
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, you do good, but if you have
prejudice (preconceived judgment or opinion), you commit sin, and the law
sees you as transgressors. Whoever obeys the whole law, and yet offends
(stumbles) in one point, he is guilty of all. For He (God) that said, Do not
commit adultery, also said, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, but
you kill, you have become a breaker of the law.
This is an
interesting thing to ponder. If anyone stumbles in one point of the law, he
is guilty of all. That would make each and every one of us guilty of all.
Does that mean that all criminals should be judged guilty or judged innocent
by their jury of peers? Neither. Even in God's law, there were restitutions
required for crimes that were committed. But to judge a person's heart, and
not to forgive them, or to presume that a person shouldn't be forgiven
because of the nature of their crime is not anyone's judgment to make but
God's. We have a responsibility to uphold the law, not to judge.
FAITH WORKS BIBLE PROOF
FAITH VERSUS WORKS BIBLE WAR
Here's a good
thing to remember concerning these last thoughts that James shares ... Being
overly careful about one virtue does not make up for the complete neglect of
So say, and do, as they
that shall be judged by the law of liberty. Whoever has shown no mercy will
be judged without mercy, and mercy is a joy against judgment.
My brethren, what good is it, if a man says he has
Faith, but doesn't have works? Can Faith save him?
This is a great
place to stop for a little Daily Bread Stick. What is works? Works is the
performing of moral or righteous acts. That sounds a lot like fruits,
doesn't it? That's because fruits are the results of works. James has an
example of works for us to think about.
If a brother or
sister needs clothing and daily food, and you say to them, Go in peace, and
be warmed and filled, but you don't give them the things they need, what
good is it? So you see, faith without works, is dead, by itself. Yes, a man
may say, You have faith and I have works, show me your faith without (apart
from) your works, and I'll show you my faith by my works.
FAITH WORKS BIBLE WISDOM
FAITH VERSUS WORKS BIBLE DIFFERENCES
You believe that
there is one God, and that is good. The devils also believe, and tremble.
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
Wasn't Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his
son upon the altar? See how faith operated with his works, and by works
faith was made perfect (complete)? And the scripture was fulfilled which
says, Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness: and
he was called the Friend of God. You see then how that by works a man is
justified (put right), and not by faith alone. In the same way, wasn't Rahab
the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had
sent them out another way? Just as the body without the spirit is dead,
faith without works is dead also.
Now if you
have read the Epistles of Paul you see a dispute between Paul and James. One
Preaches Faith and the other Works. This type of division is what divided
the Church. Let us settle this matter in our own minds and hearts today
FAITH WORKS BIBLE CONCLUSION
FAITH VERSUS WORKS BIBLE SUMMARY
What it boils down to is God's Grace establishes our Faith which
establishes our works. We do not do that which we feel God wants us to do
outta fear of law but rather cuz He LOVES us and we LOVE Him. I will give ya
an example ... If you married a person and lived in fear every day
that your spouse would leave you if you breathed wrong the marriage would
not last. BUT ... If it was based on LOVE and that is why you CHOSE to do
the right things. That makes all the difference. Faith ... Not Fear
establishes works. But hear TRUTH ... It will never be your works, but
rather God's Grace that gets us to Heaven.
Come back again
soon and we'll dig a little deeper into James' letter and find out what
other lessons we can learn and share together, right here at Daily Bread.
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