What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but he has no works can that faith save him? James 2:14
Strong's defines the word faith as conviction respecting man's relationship to God and divine things with the idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it.
1828 dictionary describes fervour as earnestness in the duties of religion. It describes earnestness as zeal. Faith is zeal over the things of God.
Save means to keep safe from Messianic judgment. Hell.
I believe James is addressing the same problem we have today. "Can your faith save you?"Is faith alone enough? Does asking Jesus into your heart mark spiritual rebirth?
Now I can already hear the cries of salvation is by grace alone. Please read the whole post. I am not arguing against that. Salvation is always by grace and not works.
James asks a few rhetorical questions throughout the book. In verse James 3:11: Can a fountain send forth sweet and bitter water? Can
Continuing in James, he addressing the same question in different ways to make it quite clear.
James 2:17 Even
You believe God is one you do well. There are two types of faith. An intelluctual faith and a saving faith. God is one is quite a statement. One would be acknowledging one true God and Jesus as God. Yet the demons believe that. Yet their belief doesn't save them.
But are you willing