Faith Without Works Is Dead

James 2

14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith o but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 p If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 q 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 1 is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith r apart from your works, and I will show you my faith s by my works. 19 t You believe that God is one; you do well. Even u the demons believe - and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 v Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that w faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed x by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, y "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness" - and he was called a z friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also a Rahab the prostitute justified by works b when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

  1. Cross References
    James 1:22
    But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
  2. Cross References
    Job 31:19 - 20
    If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, or the needy without covering.
    Luke 3:11
    And he answered them, "Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.
  3. Cross References
    1 John 3:17 - 18
    But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?
  4. Cross References
    Romans 3:28
    For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
    Romans 4:6
    Just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:
    Hebrews 11:33
    Who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
  5. Cross References
    Matthew 7:16 - 17
    You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
    Galatians 5:6
    For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.
  6. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 6:4
    Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
    Romans 2:17 - 25
    But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God
  7. Cross References
    Matthew 8:29
    And behold, they cried out, "What have you to d...
    Mark 1:24
    "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth...
    Mark 5:7
    And crying out with a loud voice, he said, "Wha...
    Luke 4:33 - 34
    And in the synagogue there was a man who had th...
    Acts 16:17
    She followed Paul and us, crying out, "These me...
    Acts 19:15
    But the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I kno...
  8. Cross References
    Genesis 22:9
    When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
    Genesis 22:12
    He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.
    Genesis 22:16 - 18
    And said, "By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son.
  9. Cross References
    Hebrews 11:17
    By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son.
  10. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 1:3
    Remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  11. Cross References
    Romans 4:3
    For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.
    Galatians 3:6
    Just as Abraham "believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"?
    Genesis 15:6
    And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
  12. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 20:7
    Did you not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?
    Isaiah 41:8
    But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend.
  13. Cross References
    Genesis 15:6
    And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
  14. Cross References
    Hebrews 11:31
    By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
  15. Cross References
    Joshua 2:1 - 22
    And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, "Go, view the land, especially Jericho." And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there.
    Joshua 6:23
    So the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. And they brought all her relatives and put them outside the camp of Israel.
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