James 2 Explained – "Faith Without Works is Dead" (Can Faith Save Him?)

Posted By on July 12, 2019



hey guys quick video explaining James chapter 2 highlighting some verses that are often misunderstood and twisted let's pick it up in verse 1 the Bible says this my brethren have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ the Lord of glory with respective persons first of all let's make note of the fact that the audience in view here are the saved and that's evident by the title ascribed unto them in verse 1 brethren he says in verse 5 my beloved brethren and the admonition here is to have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ with respect of persons the question is what is respect of persons well he gives us an example in the following verses but if they come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring in goodly apparel and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment and he have respect to him that wears the gay clothing and say unto Him sit down here in a good place and say to the poor stand out there or sit here under my footstool are ye not then partial in yourselves and are become judges of evil thoughts so we see the contrast in this example of the rich man and goodly clothing gay apparel and the poor man and vile Raymond and he's rebuking this mentality that says we are going to be partial towards this person because of their social status because of their income because of their clothing he's rebuking it as sin and he says are you not then partial in yourselves and our become judges of evil thoughts what's he saying you're wrong about this this is a sinful mentality to have and he's rebuking it hearken my beloved brethren hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him but ye have despised the poor do not rich men oppress you and draw you before the judgment seats so we see in verse 6 that these specific brethren were guilty of despising the poor by being partial towards the rich based on their apparel social status and income which God is against in the Bible is abundantly clear that we are not to respect persons whether it be the poor or do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called if he fulfilled the royal law according to the scripture thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself ye do well but if he have respect to persons he commits sin and are convinced of the law as transgressors foe so ever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one point he is guilty of all for he that said do not commit adultery said also do not kill now if thou commit no adultery yet if thou kill thou art become a transgressor of the law so speak II and so do as they that shall be judged by the law of Liberty in verse 12 it says so speak II and so do as they that shall be judged by the law of Liberty here's the point speak it but do it speak ii and so do don't just talk about it be about it don't just say it don't just speak it don't just think it don't just hear it it says in chapter one be doers of the word and not hearers only deceiving your own selves so don't just say it Christian do the work do it don't be just a hearer be a doer of the word as they that shall be judged by the law of Liberty now the mistake that people make is that they think this is referring to an eternal judgment a spiritual judgment in hell and it's not it's referring to a physical judgment on Christians we have to understand that the Lord will judge his people the Bible says for the Lord shall judge his people how with chastening and scourging the Bible says for whom the Lord loveth he chasing it and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth look at verse 13 for he this specific Christian shall have judgment without mercy that hath showed no mercy and mercy rejoices against judgment so look Christian if you have no mercy God will have no mercy on you when he chastens and scourge as you verse 14 what does it profit first question my brethren again noticed the usage of the word brethren we are talking to the saved brothers and sisters in Christ though a man say notice that word so speak II and so do it says in verse 12 though a man say he hath faith and have not works can faith save him now again salvation from what save him from what not hell not an eternal judgment but the judgment spoken of in verse 12 and 13 and the answer is can faith save him no faith alone cannot save you from God's chastening and scourging from physical judgment from God it can't save you if you don't have works if you hear but don't do if you speak but don't do God will chasten and scourge you he will judge you so can't faith save him no again this isn't talking about Hell not only that but a secondary application that can be made is this can our faith alone save our brother or sister in need and again the answer is no they need our works for physical salvation and that is exemplified in the following verse if a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food and one of you say unto them depart in peace and be ye warmed and filled notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body what does it profit so again the question being answered here is what does it profit what does it profit my brethren the one man say he hath faith and have not works works are profitable unto men look at Titus chapter 3 this is a faithful saying and these things I will that thou affirm constantly that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works these things are good and profitable unto men even so faith if it had not is dead being alone yay a man may say thou hast faith and I have works show me thy faith without thy works and I will show thee my faith by my works the point of verse 18 is expounding upon this truth that man cannot see my faith without my works my faith is not profitable unto others without my works think about in terms of preaching the gospel my works are what profit others not just my faith my faith and my works have to be together for me to be profitable unto men when I go out and knock someone's door and share them the gospel what is that doing my works and my faith are profiting men why because now they are hearing the gospel I'm giving them an opportunity to call upon the name of the Lord in faith and receive salvation that's the point of this chapter understanding that our works are good and profitable unto men and we as Christians need to be careful to maintain good works works do not save us that's clear what our works are profitable unto men and if we have faith without works what does it profit who what does it profit men what does it profit our brothers and sisters in Christ thou believe is that there is one God thou doest well the devil's also believe and tremble but wilt thou know o vain man that faith without works is dead was not Abraham our Father justified by works when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar seest thou how faith wrought with his works and by works was faith made perfect verse 21 is another verse often taken out of context to teach a works based salvation it says was not Abraham our Father justified by works abraham was justified by works let's keep reading when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar see us now how faith wrought with his works and by works was faith made per now is this a justification before God or again in the context before man well let's look at Romans chapter four what shall we say then that Abraham our Father as pertaining to the flesh hath found but if Abraham were justified by works he hath whereof to glory but not before God but what set the scripture abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness so comparing Scripture with Scripture we understand that our faith justifies us in the sight of God but our works justify us in the sight of men because man cannot see my faith without my works and that's the point if Abraham were justified by works he hath we're up to glory but not before who God our works do not justify us in the sight of God they justify us in the sight of men and that is the point of James chapter 2 what does it profit knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by the faith of Jesus Christ even we have believed in Jesus Christ that we might be justified by the faith of Christ and not by the works of the law but by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified there are brethren there are saved born-again believers who have faith without works and they are not profiting anyone they are not profitable unto men they are not profitable unto their brothers and sisters in Christ and that's a shame that's sin that's unfortunate but you know what they need James chapter 2 why to reprove them to rebuke them to exhort them and encourage them to add to their faith works not to be justified in the sight of God they're saved by faith alone but to be justified in the sight of men that men may see their works and glorify their father which is in heaven so there it is guys quick explanation of James chapter 2 I pray it was a blessing if you're not a hundred percent sure you're going to heaven I encourage you to watch the video in the description below go to heaven a summoning demonstration and be saved today god bless

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  1. If people were NOT saved by their works before repentence, don't assume you are saved by your works after repentance. At no point did you have anything to do with your salvation. Jesus paid the full price on the cross, and he took our place in Hell, God raised him from the dead, and likewise we will also be raised up. You cannot save yourself from eternal judgment, but you can save yourself from earthly judgment. God will correct us with scouging and chasting if we are to willingly sin against him in this life. Though we as HIS people, as sons of God, as his sheep, may falter to sin, God will discipline us for our benefit. God as a perfect Father will never leave nor forsake his children. If God were to send any of them that believed on the name of the only begotten Son to hell, God is a liar, and a corruptible god. However, God is faithful, you dont have to worry about your eternal security if you believe, because God made it possible for us to have eternal life, through his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven, and there is no salvation under any other circumstance. Either youve sinned or you havent and generally speaking we all have, and will struggle due to our sin nature. Trust in the Lord, believe on him, and you will be saved. If youve already repented, if youve already believed on him, you ARE already saved.

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