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Faith and Works #4 (Final Part): Dead Faith
2 years ago.

I am now wrapping up my study on faith in James 2. The verses today are verses 17 and verse 26:

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.

To the works focused person, these two verses seem to completely solidify their theory that works are necessary for salvation. The verses clearly state that faith without works is dead. Period. Dead. Not living. Non existent.

And to an extent that is right. Faith without works is dead, but it's still there.

But how can it be dead, and yet be there at the same time?

When a person is dead, does that mean that their body disappears also? No! The body is still there. The soul--the spirit--is gone, but the body is still there. Likewise is it with our faith. Our faith is there, but it is lying down, tucked away in a dusty corner in our hearts, cold, icy and clammy like a dead body. Our faith, though it exists, is not alive. We were made not to hide our faith and let it grow cold, but to live it out--to let it live, act and breathe out the love of God upon this dark and lost world.

Faith without works is dead. Oh, how true is this! How often we let our faith grow cold and dead because of its inactivity. James is telling us that we are like dead people! We need to revive our faith--be the one who stand up and declares that he is going to do something! That he is going to show the world what it truly means to be a Christian!