What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? ~ James 2:14 KJV
Can faith alone save you? Let’s dive into this chapter a little more to get a clear answer. If we continue to read the next scriptures James talks about not providing for a person in need. He asks, does it benefit you when you send them on their way? No, it’s a dead work. There is no faith required in that action nor was there an act provided for the individual.
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, (16) And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? (17) Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. ~ James 2:15-17 KJV
The “works” that James is referring to in these scriptures is not about feeding the poor or providing for natural provision for people. He is talking about works that are done by faith. Things like healing the sick, casting out devils and raising the dead. You need faith to be able to do those actions. Those are “works” of faith. It starts with hearing God first. He may tell you to do something that seems so out of order and you must first believe that it was God speaking to you, then you must use your faith an act on the command, and then allow God to confirm the command with the sign or wonder that becomes visible. These are the actions that show you are walking by faith.
Using your faith once for salvation is not enough. Children of God are children of faith. They must have lived a LIFE through faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Our life should be a life of miracles, signs and wonders.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. ~ Hebrews 11:6 KJV
The famous German theologian Martin Luther, who was responsible for the reformation, rejected some of the teachings and practices of the Catholic church. But there was one book in the Bible that he could not understand. It was the book of James in faith and works. He knew you could not work for your salvation but this chapter speaks about faith without works is dead. He wanted to tear this chapter out of the Bible because it did coincide with his new revelation. What was lacking was the revelation of the power of God working through mankind. The grace that came upon all men and women when they receive Jesus. Grace is the power of God working through you.
We are co-laborers in Christ. We work with him to accomplish spreading the news of the kingdom. Without power it’s just another religion. The apostle Paul said he did not come with fancy words but with a demonstration of the power of God. That is what caused people to receive Jesus in their hearts. There was evidence that God was with Paul confirming with miracles, signs and wonders.
When we minister the Gospel today there still needs to be some demonstration of power. Healing the sick, casting out demons for example are some evidences that God is confirming the truth.
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. ~ Hebrews 10:38 KJV
You must lead a life living in faith. Every trial and tribulation you go through is an opportunity for you to succeed with God. We need to always be seeking Him for guidance and wisdom. He provides a way out of any circumstance we face. He is our deliverer! Hallelujah!
So don’t let your faith without works be dead. Get out there and have fun with God! Bring the kingdom of God wherever you go! Give ’em a taste of HEAVEN!