Walk the Way of Life
James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. kj
There he goes again, James, a very Jewish man, a son of David. If he was Mary and Joseph’s 1st child together, he would have qualified as the King of Israel if not for that pesky curse on the line of David. (Jeremiah 22) Here he is, a believer, telling believers that religion without action is dead. The Church seems to struggle with this statement.
Yeshua’s Example After Y’shua-Jesus’ baptism, he did not quickly run to enroll in Bible collage (yeshiva). He was filled with the Spirit and had the Almighty’s blessing (Matthew 3:16-41). Then the Spirit impelled Him into the wilderness.
James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
We are justified by action (works) not by being born-again. Don’t get me wrong, You MUST be born again (John 3:3). Salvation (born-again) is where your story begins, not where it ends. Let me say it again. You MUST be born again!
Justified G1344 dikaioo to render just or innocent (strongs) to put into a right relationship.
Before I give the impression that this is a Jewish idea, or that because Y’shua was sinless, perfect, and in fact, He IS the Word of God made flesh, let me show you who James uses to make his point about works.
James 2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
To our shock, James uses a prostitute to make his point that we are justified by action (works) and not by faith alone. James knew all kinds of religious people, men who spent their life learning the Word of God, men who would never admit to keeping company with a woman outside of their marriage, never mind a gentile (not a Jewish person) or a prostitute of any race (a harlot is a prostitute). But Rahab of James 2:25 is a gentile prostitute (her story is found in Joshua chapter 2). Religion has tried to clean up her story but she was an immoral woman, a destroyer of marriage, possibly even a spreader of disease, maybe even a self-medicater (no scripture for the last two, just knowledge of what happens to a woman who becomes a prostitute). All of that was before she believed in the God of Israel, YHVH. She was not “justified” by her lie (Joshua 2:4-6) or by hiding the two spies from her government, but by her faith in the Almighty’s ability to save her. She brought her family to Salvation and displayed the scarlet cord. She saved the life of the spies as well as her family. It was her action (works) that justified her in faith. Faith in YHVH (God Almighty) gave her a love for the people of God (the two spies) and for her own family. She trusted God to save her and her family instead of trusting the mighty army of Jericho. Did she gain anything for her faith? She was saved from the fate of Jericho (burnt to the ground and the residents killed). She is mentioned here in the book of James as an example of faith. And something only God could accomplish, she is included in the family line of Y’shua-Jesus! (Matthew 1:5)
Hebrews 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
Personal and group Bible study is precious to me, so is prayer but action is the reason God gave me this new life, His word and why He listens to my prayer. Justified! Glory!
Debs in Everett, Washington
September 13, 2019