8 For it is by grace you have been saved, James 2:14, 17 Faith and Deeds
through faith—and this is not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God — 9 not by works, so that
no one can boast.
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters,
if someone claims to have faith but has no
deeds? Can such faith save them?
Claiming to have faith is only saying I have faith, it is NOT PROOF
of real faith.
It is only a man professing to have faith. James is teaching one can say he has faith,
but there is nothing about his life that indicates it.
17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not So which is it?
accompanied by action, is dead.
Are we saved by grace alone
and not by works
as the apostle Paul teaches,
or is it grace plus works
as the apostle James
seems to be teaching? James 2:20
You foolish person, do you want evidence that
faith without deeds is useless?
James certainly appears to contradict Paul’s teaching:
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to Are James and Paul teaching a different gospel?
bring us unto Christ, that we might be
justified by faith.
To the person who looks at it without spiritual
eyes, it will appear that way. But for we who
trust and know the absolute truth of scripture
we know…..there are no contradictions in
scripture and all scripture can and must be
reconciled together. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful
for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in
righteousness,17 so that the servant of God may
be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
I have come to understand that Paul and James
do not contradict each other or teach a different
gospel. Their teachings can and must be
reconciled with no contradiction.
Here is how I came to reconcile their teachings
together. Paul is teaching the good news of
the gospel— salvation comes by faith alone
in Jesus Christ and it is a GIFT FROM GOD. Ask yourself, can anyone earn a gift?
must earn your gift, it is not a gift
receiving your wages for working.
Paul says it is not so. Romans 3:28
28 For we maintain that a person is justified by
faith apart from the works of the law.
Paul is evangelizing in his teaching on salvation;
James is not. James is speaking to saints and
instructing us on Christian living. His teaching
is: “YOU SAY
you have faith so SHOW ME
that YOU DO have faith by your works….by your
, so that those who do not have faith WILL SEE yours!
As followers of Christ, we do not have a halo
over our heads nor do we have a large “C”
our foreheads allowing others to know we are
followers of Jesus Christ. The only way anyone
will see our faith in Christ is by our works.
James is not teaching we are saved by our faith
plus works. He is instructing us that our faith in
Christ does NO ONE (including ourselves)
good unless our faith is also accompanied with
works. By my works I know my faith in Christ
is alive and active
in me. By my works, I hope
and pray those who do not know Christ will see
my faith in Christ and come to desire what I
have and follow Him.
As for me, I will never ever try to work my way
into heaven again. I refuse.
It is impossible for me to earn it. I choose rather to enter His rest. Hebrews 4:10
10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests
from their works, just as God did from his.
I trust Jesus completely to save me. I enter His
He is my only hope for my salvation.
28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to
do the works God requires?”
29 Jesus answered,“ The work of God is this: to
believe in the one he has sent.”
Praise God…..It’s all about Jesus….by His work on the cross
……we are saved.
God loves you and so do I!