Doing What You Believe Is the Right Way

Doing What You Believe Is the Right Way

James 2:14-2614”What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.16If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” 18Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that and shudder. 20You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.{{more}}23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[b] and he was called God’s friend.24You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. 25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”This week we are studying some of my favorite verses of the bible: James 2:2-14-26. Please enjoy these verses as we read this week. Perhaps you too will come to love this part of the bible like I do.Alexander Graham Bell was an amazingly talented person. He invented the multiple telegraph, the audiometer which is used to test your hearing, the tricycle landing gear you find on planes, and a host of other less well-known machines. In addition to this he was cofounder of the prestigious magazine Science, served as President of the National Geographic Society, and spent his life working with deaf people. But most famous of all his creations was the telephone. It also made his family and his descendents enormously wealthy. But he almost lost it all. You see Bell never seemed to get around to submitting a patent application. Finally, his father-in-law, who had financed a lot of the research, got so impatient that he filed the patent on Bell’s behalf on the 14th of February 1876, Bell’s 29th birthday. And it was a good thing he did, because just a few hours later, another scientist by the name of Elisha Gray went to the patent office to get a patent on a machine he’d been working on for many years you guessed it, the telephone. This story reminds us that sometimes it is not enough simply to have great ideas. You need to act on them. Bell and his father-in-law are a good example of the relationship between faith and works. Bell had faith in his telephone, but did nothing about it. His father-in-law had faith and works to go with it.Background: James here in this passage expands on what it truly means to be hearers and doers of the word, what it means for us to “be real” about our lives. James now switches his focus from playing favorites and reiterating the law of neighbor love to how “faith” and “works” relate to all he has said up to this point. James shows us that faith and works are ultimately two sides of the same coin. Three times in this passage he repeats his thesis “faith without works is dead” In this James is stating clearly that “empty faith” is not true faith, not saving faith, it is nothing more that mouthing words. James sets out to convey to us that our faith in God and trust in Jesus must work in tandem with our actions, or our faith isn’t really faith at all. Proposition: James sets out to covey to us that our faith in God and our trust in Jesus must work in tandem with our actions, or our faith isn’t really faith at all. Here again we see James not beating around the bush but getting straight to the issue at hand, the first thing we see him telling us is that workless faith… Faith without works is no faith at all James opens this passage with two rhetorical questions followed by a third First “What use is it brethren if a man has faith but has no works”? Second “can that faith save him” Third “what use is that type of faith”? All three of these project a negative response. The answer to all three is “NO” It is no good if a person merely mouths the words, but has no actions to back them up. It amounts to nothing more than meaningless jabber. Simply saying that you are a great racecar driver, basketball player, Christian, whatever it is you may be does not mean anything unless you can demonstrate your skills in a way that would convince any who saw them If you would like the entire message please request it at: revelations_75044@msn.com