Dead Faith

James, toward the end of chapter 2, gives two Old Testament examples of faith and deeds going together. First, he says that Abraham was declared right with God because he trusted God and put his faith into action when he was willing to sacrifice his son, Isaac, on the altar. James then writes:

You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. – James 2:24 (NIV)

Then, James gives the example of a prostitute named Rahab who hid some Hebrew spies in the Promised Land and was also considered righteous by God because of what she did. James then wrote:

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. – James 2:26 (NIV)

One would normally not compare one of the patriarchs of Judaism with a prostitute, but James does. Why? Because faith and deeds are two sides of the same coin. You can’t have one without the other. Don’t settle for a dead faith. Put your faith in God into action by caring for and loving people today.

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