Bible: James 2:12-26

2:12 Speak and act as those who will be judged by a law that gives freedom. 1  2:13 For judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But mercy triumphs over 2  judgment.

Faith and Works Together

2:14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, 3  if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can this kind of faith 4  save him? 5  2:15 If a brother or sister 6  is poorly clothed and lacks daily food, 2:16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,” but you do not give them what the body needs, 7  what good is it? 2:17 So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself. 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” 8  Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by 9  my works. 2:19 You believe that God is one; well and good. 10  Even the demons believe that – and tremble with fear. 11 

2:20 But would you like evidence, 12  you empty fellow, 13  that faith without works is useless? 14  2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 2:22 You see that his faith was working together with his works and his faith was perfected by works. 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, Now Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness,” 15  and he was called God’s friend. 16  2:24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 2:25 And similarly, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another way? 2:26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

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