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What Works Justify Faith

James 2:24 says, "You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only." So, then...what works will justify us, plus how do these works which justify us do this??

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 ---Bill_bila5659 on 12/21/07
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The RCC teaches that our works are NOT what justifies our faith (or us). Good Works are the EVIDENCE that our faith is ALIVE and that the Holy Spirit is working in our lives. A faith that does not have works is dead, as James says in this chapter. We must have the type of faith that comes alive with the grace of Jesus Christ, thus producing works. But the works have their origin in Christ, not us.
---Greyrider on 3/6/08


Works won't ever justify anyone. You have to have faith. Works without faith may result in damnation due to lack of faith. True faith will result in good works by itself, you do not need to think about it because you will be in God and God will work through you. By being a substitute for faith, works may condemn you. But if accompanied by faith, they are a sign of living faith (which is the only kind of faith).
---frances008 on 3/4/08


James appears to be saying that justification is by faith plus works. This apparent problem is answered by examining what exactly James is talking about. James is refuting the belief that a person can have faith without producing any good works (James 2:17-18). James is emphasizing the point that genuine faith in Christ will produce a changed life and good works (James 2:20-26).
---Court7646 on 3/3/08


James is not saying that justification is by faith plus works, but rather that a person who is truly justified by faith will have good works in his life. If a person claims to be a believer, but has no good works in his life then he likely does not have genuine faith in Christ (James 2:14, 17, 20, 26).
---Court7646 on 3/3/08


Most frequently, the word for Justify in the New Testament speaks of God's positive verdict, the opposite of condemnation. The unjustified man, according to Romans, is a condemned sinner. But in the Epistle of James he is a hypocrite. Consequently, Abraham's justification in this passage consisted of man's verdict. Christians, Jews, and Arabs have "declared righteous" this man of God, because of the faith demonstrated when He offered His only Son.
---catherine on 1/30/08




Obediance to the Ten Commandments are the works He is talking about there. Salvation is NOT a liceses to sin, you MUST live by and obey the WHOLE Word of God (the Bible).
---Leslie on 1/29/08


Doing the works of Christ justifies us, by obeying the Commands from Christ will bring salvation.
---Eloy on 1/29/08


The works that James is talking about appears to be not the O.T. Jewish works, but just goodness and following God's will. Read the rest of James and you can see that he is teaching about a faith that leads to proper action. Like Christ said, feed the hungry, cloth the naked, etc. I'm not sure that our faith or works saves us, though they might be conditions that Christ requires to receive His Grace. It is Christ that saves us, not our works or faith, no matter how necessary they might be.
---grant on 1/28/08


A child needs wholesome activities, so the child grows and develops right...in love relating with a good role model of how to love. Exercising in love strengthens the child in love. Like this, God's love makes us more and more right (just) like His love while we exercise in this love...like exercising in fresh air versus exercising in smoke (o: > we need to exercise ourselves to godliness (1 Timothy 4:7) in love's "incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit" (1 Peter 3:4).
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/26/07


James 2:21-23. After Abraham obeyed God by offering up Isaac, here is what God said to Abraham > "'In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.'" (Genesis 22:18) So, Abraham's obedient work has gotten "all the nations of the earth blessed". His "seed" is Jesus who has blessed us by justifying us, so Abraham's obedient work, I'd say, has not just helped Abraham be justified, but also has helped us.
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/26/07




Works of the flesh will justify no one.
Any sinner or believer can do good works and proves nothing before God... Before God our Faith and love is all HE wants, therefore God can do HIS work through you.
---duane on 12/25/07


The works of the spirit justify faith.
These are the action and reactions of serving God.
---Jack_8773 on 12/24/07


Bill_bila5659
(1)What works will justify us?

Our faith in Christ is considered eternally alive and not dead when our works produce the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23 the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance).

We are known by the fruits we produce. We can be certain that we are doing Gods Will and are justified if we are producing these fruits in every earthly endeavor that we are engaged in doing.
---Shawn.M.T on 12/24/07


(2)How do these works which justify us do this??
Proverbs 11:30 These are the fruits of the righteous that guides a soul to the tree of life, which is the Word of God and upon accepting that Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, that soul becomes eternal.
---Shawn.M.T on 12/24/07


Bill_bila5659
(1)What works will justify us?

Our faith in Christ is considered eternally alive and not dead when our works produce the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23 the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance).

We are known by the fruits we produce. We can be certain that we are doing Gods Will and are justified if we are producing these fruits in every earthly endeavor that we are engaged in doing.
---Shawn.M.T on 12/24/07


2)How do these works which justify us do this??
Proverbs 11:30 These are the fruits of the righteous that guides a soul to the tree of life, which is the Word of God and upon accepting that Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, that soul becomes eternal.
---Shawn.M.T on 12/24/07


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good works are the fruit of Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
some say they are Christians..but the proof is in the fruit they bear. Otherwise all talk and no action is a poor example of a true Christian.
Put you faith into action.
---lisa on 12/24/07


"Faith" allowes one to believe in a lie(s) and not feel guilty for not studying and knowing the truth. If you say you love Jesus without doing the THING that He said you MUST do, then you are only paying 'lip service'. Read John 14:15, and 21. The "works" is keeping all of the ten commandments! You do this and you show the Father that you love Him. He then will love you and will be your God. If not, well, God does NOT shack up!
---Dr._Rich on 12/24/07


These works are 'acting in a Christian manner'. Charity, telling the truth, and so forth.

Because beliving in Christ is not enough, if one acts in a sinful manner. Other than the occasional lapse just being mortal makes us prone to, of course.

(Even the Devil believes that Christ is the Savior, but no one would say that *he* is saved.)
---Nancy on 12/23/07


The "works" that justify our faith would include obedience to the commands of God given in Scripture, charity, mercy, caring for the poor, widowed, orphaned and the sick, imprisoned, etc. These things "justify" by displaying the validity of our declared faith. If we say we have faith and do not these things, then our faith is dead or void.
---tommy3007 on 12/23/07


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greetings.Do unto others as you would want others to do unto you-The Golden Rule.'No action taken' is faithless.The kingdom does not come by no action taken.Faith is not faith if no action is taken.We should never covet the bread and water of life.This should be shared with others.If it is not we are not born again.
---earl on 12/23/07


Bill I know you posted this question for the benefit of others, as I am sure that you know the answer. The works of faith, is the implementation of that professed confidence through thoughts, words and actions that correspond. The state, quality, or ideal of being just is attributed to us as a result of our unwavering constancy. Bottom line, 'Work' is an 'application' of ones trust and confidence in the Father, empowered of the Father, through our acquiescence, as we abide in His presence.
---joseph on 12/22/07


James was not stating that a person is justified by works, but that true faith in God for salvation will exhibit itself in good works. This is a situation where a person has to read more than just the one verse to get the total context. Anyone can believe academically, but this is not followed through with works, according to James.
---wivv on 12/22/07


Compare the works of the spirit and the works of the flesh and you will see what works will identify us as Christians.
---Jualsy on 12/22/07


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1Thes.4, 2Pet.1, speak the exact same thing that James spoke.
---Nana on 12/22/07


What came to mind is:...if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Interesting that we can "do" good things which may be percieved as works, and yet have not love. Not just a feeling of love, or worldly love, but we must have Jesus Christ and be walking in the Spirit. After all, God IS love. So, answer,anything ledby the Spirit
---christina on 12/22/07


Bill, (continued)

Here is the work that justifies us:
Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbour as thyself.
It's helping God's people in need. It's visiting the sick, the lonely, the fatherless, and the widows. It's letting your light so shine.

Lord bless you,
---trey on 12/21/07


Bill,

Man is justified before God by faith.
Rom 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

The evidence of our faith is works. I cannot see your faith, but I can see your works. Work is faith put into action.
Even believeing in Christ is work:
Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
---trey on 12/21/07


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If we live out the precepts set forth in 1.Corinthians.13, our faith will surely be justified.
---InimicusStultitiae on 12/21/07


Mima, James uses works and Paul uses obedience. Just look at what James is calling works and the scriptures themselves will give the definition of what James means by works.

Someone once tried to apply this to keeping the law...I said, "What one of the 10 commandments says to lie to your neighbors or whic one says to kill your child"?

Abraham was justified by obedience when he obeyed God's voice. The evidence of True faith is **obedience** of faith.
---kathr4453 on 12/21/07


Ask Jesus what works we should do...Believe on Him who HE has sent.
We are to abide in HIM(OUR WORKS)
---duane on 12/21/07


Faith bears good fruit.....which are called works. So go and do good by your faith.
or you are a hypocrite.
---lisa on 12/21/07


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"faith working through love", we have in Galatians 5:6
---Bill_bila5659 on 12/21/07


What was Abraham's work of faith? How did works save him? His faith caused him to do a thing which he did not believe God would ever ask him to do, but since God asked him, he was willing to do it. He BELIEVED that God would raise Isaac from the dead. You demonstrate your faith by your actions. The action of Abraham was that he believed God. Faith is the root, and the root produces the kind of fruit that the root itself is. If you have a living faith, there is going to be fruit in your life.
---Cynthia on 12/21/07


The works spoken of are the works of OBEDIENCE to the voice of God. It's works of faith, or Obedience of faith ...Romans 16:24-27.

The faith of Abraham was a faith resulting in obedience. It's the only faith that God looks at or acknowledges. Faith that works through Love...If you love me you will obey me!!!!!Said Jesus!!
---kathr4453 on 12/21/07


I am watching closely for the answers that will be given to this question. I myself am completely mystified. If the normal definition of works applies here. What a morning is one good question after another.
---Mima on 12/21/07


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These works are works of faith, not just works. If there are no works of faith then the faith is dead.
---john on 12/21/07


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