Even so faith, if is hath not works is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, thou hast faith, and I have works; shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
What is our scripture text saying? Quite simple, faith without works is dead, but our works is evidence of our faith, because Christ said that faith the size of a mustard seed and we could move mountains. From Jesus' statement it requires only a small amount of faith to do great things working for the Lord for the world to see Christ manifested in our works. Peter and John exhibited this faith when they healed the lame man found at the gate as they went in the temple to pray. The man's faith in them believing they could heal him was important in his healing.
The question now becomes, who was James directing his comments to? James was speaking all those in the church who has professed Christ and feels that faith is a stand alone action, but James says otherwise. We as believers maintain our faith by the grace of God the Father, the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the constant intercession of Christ on our behalf (Hebrews 7:25). The Godhead working together with our yielding control to Him allows us to be receptive to the Holy Spirit's leading, and in doing so we maintain our faith, which grows stronger and our works become more effective.
Faith and works goes together.
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