What does faith without works mean?
Well, as we already know, faith is the substance of the things that we hope for and the proof of the unseen realm. We also know that without faith, that it is impossible to please God. But what about our works? Do you have faith that your works can come to fruition? Let’s look at James 2:17 which says, “17. Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”.
“26. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
Just as the human body can’t work without the spirit, so does faith without works. In order for the spiritual works of God to manifest themselves in the physical realm, they need a push; something that will get them started on the right track so by time the physical need becomes a problem the spiritual work is already in motion. This also applies to my life because there have been times in my life where I have wanted a problem to go away and prayed and prayed about the situation and the solution never came.
Pastor Yusef Fletcher said, “works can only truly manifest themselves when they are working together with faith”.
James 2:21; 24 says this, “21. Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 24.You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone.” If you have faith, works will naturally be a product. Faith and Works are not enemies because True faith and righteous works go hand in hand. Faith brings a person to salvation, and works bring that person to faithfulness.
Faith is the Cause Works are the Effect.
This statement is true in today’s society; because people are always trying to find out why their problems don’t go away when they want them to and pray and pray for the situation to end, but it doesn’t because they don’t have enough faith that the problem is already taken care of by God.
A good character in the Bible that I feel represents Faith is Hannah, Samuel’s mother. Hannah was a woman during the time of the Priest Eli and his two sons who yearned for a child. Her faithfulness and devotion to God enabled her to have a son whom she named Samuel, meaning “Name of God” because she asked for a son that God would use to further His kingdom.
Faith is a powerful tool that anyone can use and is a weapon against the Devil and his demonic forces who will try and instill fear and doubt in you in order to diminish your faith in God.
Web Consultant Mike Mobley, wrote an article for beforethecross.com entitled, “Why Is Faith Without Works Dead?” which talks about this topic. He said, “We must pray for God to draw others into a relationship with Himself while we try to lead others to live for Jesus Christ. Out of an overflow for what Jesus has done for us, how could we not have works following our faith? They both go together.” In my opinion, this statement means that we should help bring others to Christ while at the same time lead others.
In a subsequent article entitled, “Does James Teach Salvation By Works?”, Mike Mobley also talks about salvation by works. He says, “James teaches that we are saved not by works but by the kind of faith that produces good works.”.
Mike Mobley stated, “When James says a person is not justified by faith alone, he means that a person is not justified by mental knowledge alone.”
“8. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. 9. Not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
WordPress blogger Mission Ventures Ministries wrote a blog post called, “FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD – James 2:26” which focuses on this particular topic. They ask the question: “Is a person saved by faith alone?” and this is where the premise of the blog starts off. They later state in the post, “For faith to work, we must let God work His truth into us! It is not enough to know what the Lord says and agree with it.”
Mission Ventures Ministries said, “Working faith is like the ground that is being tilled, planted and harvested by the Word and the Spirit of God. For faith to work, we must be willing to get into action.”
We, as people and Christians shouldn’t take James 2:26 lightly; we need to realize that because we have faith that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we are saved through faith, but now we have to perform our works. I recently watched a YouTube video called, “Faith Without Works Part 1” where Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold talked about this subject. He says how grace and salvation through faith are different and shouldn’t be mixed or else there will be confusion.
He says that salvation through faith talks about service while grace by faith talks about salvation and how Abraham was saved through faith because of his works. Before I watched this video, I always thought that grace by faith and salvation through faith were the same.
In the end, though, God gives righteousness to those who believe (Rom. 4:3). The reason being because if the person who does not work comes before God by faith alone without having performed rituals or following the Jewish law will be counted as righteous. We, as people and Christians need to recognize and do our works because we are not saved from faith alone.
So, What does this say about your faith? Do you have faith in God, but believe that you can go to Heaven just through faith alone? Just like Mission Ventures Ministries asked: ““Is a person saved by faith alone?” I will ask the same. Please comment below and join the discussion,
“Faith Without Works Part 1 – Ralph Yankee Arnold”. YouTube, uploaded by Salvation By Grace, 4 years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP0IXV7CPhg . Accessed 26 July
Mission Ventures Ministries. “FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD – James 2:26” MissionVenturesMinistries.wordpress.com, https://missionventureministries.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/faith-without-works-is-dead-james-226/ . Accessed 26 July 2017.
Mobley, Mike. “Why Is Faith Without Works Dead?” beforethecross.com, http://www.beforethecross.com/biblical-teachings/why-is-faith-without-works-dead/ . Accessed 26 July 2017.
- – – “Does James Teach Salvation By Works?” beforethecross.com, http://www.beforethecross.com/biblical-teachings/does-james-teach-salvation-by-works/ . Accessed 26 July 2017.
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