Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The General Epistle of James
Faith Works Bible Study
Faith Versus Works Bible Quest
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is
our very intriguing Faith and Works Bible study on how faith works
and faith versus works Bible debate. The truly thought provoking
Faith Works and Faith Versus Works message will truly bring a smile
to the lips and heart and shine the LIGHT of Truth upon your
be-YOU-tiful Christian walk path.
Faith Works Bible Facts
Faith Versus Works Bible Argument
It's a fine day to share some more Daily Bread together! Our study is
focused today on 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 discussed in Acts, Chapter 15.
Let's start 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 was restitution 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 another duty!
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 shall we?
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 because 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
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.
New Testament Daily Bread
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare