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James 2:14-17

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

  1. Does it profit a man if he says he has faith, but does not have works?
    James 2:14
    What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
  2. If someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
    James 2:14
    What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
  3. If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
    James 2:15-16
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    If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,
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    and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
  4. What is faith, if it is by itself, and it does not have works?
    James 2:17
    So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

James 2:18-24

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe; and tremble.

James 2:18-24
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But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
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You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
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Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?
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Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?
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You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;
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and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
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You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

  1. What will someone say?
    James 2:18
    But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
  2. How does James say that he will show you his faith?
    James 2:18
    But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
  3. If you believe in God, do you do well?
    James 2:19
    You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
  4. When the demons believe in God, do they do well?
    James 2:19
    You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
  5. What is faith, that has no works?
    James 2:20
    Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?
  6. When was Abraham our father, justified by works?
    James 2:21
    Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?
  7. What do you see by this?
    James 2:22
    You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;
  8. How was his faith made perfect?
    James 2:22
    You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;
  9. What does the Scripture say about Abraham?
    James 2:23
    and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
  10. What do you see then?
    James 2:24
    You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

James 2:25-26

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

James 2:25-26
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And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
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For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

  1. How was Rahab the harlot justified?
    James 2:25
    And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
  2. As the body without the spirit is dead, so what is faith without works?
    James 2:26
    For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

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