James 1-2

Read James 1-2

Peanut butter and jelly.

Bonnie and Clyde.

The Cincinnati Reds and losing.

Some things are inseparable. According to James, we should add faith and works to that list because, “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (Jas. 2:17).

While it’s true that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone (Eph. 2:8), we are not saved by faith that is alone. Perhaps a better way to say it is that genuine, saving faith is always accompanied by works. We are not saved by our works, but we are saved to works that God has prepared for us to walk in (Eph. 2:10). 

The faith of God’s people is most clearly evidenced by the practical outworking of that faith in perceptible and tangible ways that glorify God and point others to do the same (Matt. 5:16). In the words of Jesus, “you will recognize them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:20). 

What kind of fruit is your faith producing?

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