What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good[a] is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. -James 2:14-17 ESV
We are NOT saved BY Works, we are saved, UNTO GOOD WORKS! God says He has prepared it all, all we have to do is have FAITH and ACT: AS IF and walk through the open door. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10) God also reminds us to be PROFITABLE in the use of our time; So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Because, it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment. (Hebrews 9:27) The original text translated in the Bible to the word BELIEVE means to cling to, no other hope-like a life raft. It is a belief that causes us to STRIVE and to BE USED by the hand of God, through the SPIRIT of GOD by FAITH in the SON OF GOD- Jesus!
Leader, Matthew Henry’s commentary is clear on this fact: “All things should be accounted profitable or unprofitable to us, as they tend to forward or hinder the salvation of our souls. This place of Scripture plainly shows that an opinion, or assent to the gospel, without works, is not faith. There is no way to show we really believe in Christ, but by being diligent in good works, from gospel motives, and for gospel purposes. Men may boast to others and be conceited of that which they really have not. There is not only to be assent in faith, but consent; not only an assent to the truth of the word, but a consent to take Christ. True believing is not an act of the understanding only, but a work of the whole heart.”
Conduit, “That a justifying faith cannot be without works, is shown from two examples, Abraham and Rahab. Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness. Faith, producing such works, advanced him to peculiar favors. We see then, v24, how that by works a man is justified, not by a bare opinion or profession, or believing without obeying; but by having such faith as produces good works. And to have to deny his own reason, affections, and interests, is an action fit to try a believer. Observe here, the wonderful power of faith in changing sinners. Rahab’s conduct proved her faith to be living, or having power; it showed that she believed with her heart, not merely by an assent of the understanding. Let us then take heed, for the best works, without faith, are dead;” God wants ROOT and FRUIT supported by GOD’s WORD, HIS principle. Today, be UNTO GOOD WORKS to honor the SAVIOR who JUSTIFIED us by Faith alone, in CHRIST alone, by GRACE ALONE! Can I get a witness!