Faith without works is dead being alone. (text from James 2:17) If I say that I have faith that a smoke detector will save me if my home were to catch fire, and I purchase a smoke detector that instructs me that I must install a battery, and I did not. If my home were to catch fire, would the smoke detector save me? Was I obedient to my faith in the smoke detector?
Many people confuse the works of faith with the works of the Law of Moses. “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” (Jms 2:17) Faith takes action to make it complete otherwise it is dead faith. If you have faith in something and place your trust in it, then you will have corresponding actions that will make your faith complete. “Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?” (Jms 2:21) Abraham’s faith was made complete when he obeyed God and placed his son on the altar to slay him the scriptures saying, “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” (Heb 11:17-19) “Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.” (Jms 2:22-23) “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (Jms 2:26)
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