Summary: A look at the types of Faith that James describes. Dead faith; Your saved but your not doing anything for the kingdom of God. Devils faith; you don’t work for Him, although you may believe in Him from a distance, but that is as far as it goes. Active (Doi
There are three things I want to accomplish this morning using this text. First I want us to look at the scriptures to what Paul says about works and what James says about works and see if they contradict each other or compliment each other. Second I want us to look at the three types of faith that are described here and third I want us to examine our own faith in light of Old Testament Patriarchs.
I. Do James and Paul Contradict or Compliment?
a) The Contradiction at face value
i) Ephesians 2:8,9 says it is by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God. Not of works lest anyone should boast
ii) While James 2:14 tells us that if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
iii) This is posed in a way that demands a negative answer. So who is right?
b) The Compliment
i) James and Paul were speaking to different issues.
ii) “Paul was responding to the Jews, who said works, such as circumcision and observing Jewish ceremonial laws, were necessary for salvation.”
iii) Jesus spoke harshly to the Pharisees in Matt 23 because they made so many addendum’s to receiving forgiveness from God and ultimate salvation.
iv) James was responding to those who believed that mere intellectual agreement or belief was enough to obtain salvation
v) Paul starts at the very beginning of conversion that no one can ever earn God’s forgiveness and salvation. We can only accept it.
vi) James spoke to the professing believer, explaining that a person must live a new life.
vii) We are not saved by good works we are saved for good works.
viii) James is pleading for the absolute necessity for post-conversion works.
II. 3 Kinds of Faith (Dead, Devil, and Dynamic)
a) Devil’s Faith (v 19)
i) First I must answer the question about demons in light of this passage
(1) Shouldn’t demons be saved based on Acts 16:31
(2) “ Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved…”
(3) Demons are not saved because they do not exercise a saving kind of faith.
(4) This is the very point James’ is making. Just believing cannot save you.
(5) Demons don’t do good works for Christ or on His behalf…
ii) What James is saying should actually be very convicting to us.
iii) The belief that demons have causes them to tremble… What about you?
iv) Believing that anything or anyone exists does not bring us into a right relationship with them… Husband and wife…“I acknowledge you exist”
v) I want a faith that does more than hold the hem… but pulls Him down
vi) Lots of people believe few have faith and call Him Lord
vii) Saving faith is not an intellectual agreement it is a deeper expression of itself through actions.
viii) There is a devils faith and there is a dead faith
b) Dead Faith (V. 20)
i) James Says there is no profit to having great faith with out deeds.
ii) Matt 7:21 …He who does the will of my Father… Practice Lawlessness
iii) Give Service not lip service… Real help is in the doing.
iv) Red Cross and Salvation Army
v) An effective church must do something.