Thursday, 3 August 2017
Show me your faith . ( James 2 v 14 - 26 )
So let us look at what James means,when
he wrote those words, 'Show me your faith'
Now we had considered it cannot mean
salvation by works, but what does it mean.
As we read what James has written, one could be
confused ,when we read 2 v 24,'' You see that
a person is justified by what he does and not by
faith alone''.James is writing to Jews , and the
Jew believed that ,that all Israel has a
portion in the world to come ( Jew's daily prayer
book ) John the Baptist, and Jesus had to challenge
this hollow claim ,the words of John ,are in keeping
with what James is saying, ''Prove by the way you live
that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.
Don't just say to each other, We're safe '' (Matthew 3
v 8- 9). James uses two examples of those who showed
their faith, Abraham and Rahab, As the heading in my
Bible declares ,Real faith shows itself by deeds.
'' The message is not out of place in the contemporary
church, too prone to regard baptism and churchgoing
as sufficient pledges of eternal security whither or not
there is in the lives of the people any fruit in keeping