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Genuine And Joyful From The Inside Out

#9 - Knowing How Abraham Was Saved Can Keep Your Religion From Becoming Useless

Speaker
Rev. Don Horban
Scripture
James 2:14 - 26

#9 in the series "James - Soundness Of Soul"

Faith without works isn't just inferior. It's dead. In other words, these verses helps prove James isn't comparing two kinds of faith - faith without works and faith with. Rather, faith without works isn't faith at all. It's just talk about faith, not the real thing. It's not alive. That's what James means when he says works are as important to real faith as breath is important to real life. Take breath away and you aren't just talking about a lower grade of life. You're not taking about life at all. 


Simply knowing the right things isn't faith. And just agreeing with the right things isn't faith either. James picks some examples of living faith from the Old Testament scriptures - Abraham and Rahab. One is known as the great patriarch of the faith. The other was a hooker. Abraham is obviously picked because he was, as James says, their "father" in the faith. Rahab probably represents the other end of the spectrum. Far from having any special status, she was an outsider and an outcast. What James has to say about real faith applies to all who would know God in a living, saving way.

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