Faith Made Perfect (2:14-26)
In the second half of James 2 we find a passage that is very important for every Christian to understand. We see in these verses a test. Now, this test is not one of right and wrong answers; but more of a test to whether or not our faith is true.
How can our faith be evident? James gives us the answer: by our works! Let me say emphatically right now that this is in no way saying anything about working for salvation. Ephesians 2:8 tells us, “For by grace are ye saved through faith…” There is no works in our salvation experience.
The reason for this passage is in relation to our post a few days ago when we talked about why we do what we do. Just as we had to show love to others to show our religion was true, we must also work for Christ to show that our faith is not just “put on” but real and genuine.
Notice these phrases:
- “faith, if it hath not works, is dead” (vs. 17)
- “I will shew thee my faith by my works” (vs. 18)
- “faith without works is dead” (vs. 20)
- “by works was faith made perfect” (vs. 22)
- “so faith without works is dead” (vs. 26)
It becomes clear when these verses and phrases are compared that this isn’t about being saved, but rather about the proof and perfection of the faith that has been exercised for salvation and daily living for God.
Let’s determine to be Christian who will “contend for the faith” by constantly perfecting the faith that we have in God.