Changes will take effect once you reload the page. The same play on the same kindred words occurs in the Greek of Romans 14:10 Romans 14:23 , "judge . As well, his faith was proven true – was completed, was made perfect – by his obedient works. James 2:8-12. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. True *faith isnot just to feel good or to accept the truth only with the m… It needed to be worked out still to fully developed perfection in their life. 8. . We can’t “see” someone’s faith, but we can see their works. partial--literally, "Have ye not made distinctions" or "differences" (so as to prefer one to another)? 25. “Here is a proof that faith cannot exist without being active in works of righteousness. . had received . 24. justified and, not by faith only--that is, by "faith without (separated from: severed from) works," its proper fruits Faith to justify must, from the first, include obedience in germ (to be developed subsequently), though the former alone is the ground of justification. Translate, "The judgment (which is coming on all of us) shall be without mercy to him who hath showed no mercy." The speaker has a footstool as well as a good seat. My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For the Greek constantly means "doubt" in all the New Testament. &c. as in James 2:6 [ALFORD]. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. iii. Real faith will be demonstrated by works. "Church," a people bound together by mutual ties and laws, though often it may happen that the members are not assembled [TRENCH and VITRINGA]. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. A similar translation ought therefore to be given to both. Partiality opposes God’s character (2:1), conflicts with God’s choosing poor people (2:5), and now, in this verse, contrary to the Word of God.. Our joy through trials is a result of suffering for Christ's sake. . doubteth." However, erga and ergon are simply plural and singular forms of the same word. despised--literally, "dishonored." So in Jude 1:22 . . In Genesis 22:1 it is written, God did tempt Abraham, that is, put to the test of demonstration the reality of his faith, not for the satisfaction of God, who already knew it well, but to demonstrate it before men. 20 th Book in the New Testament . James 2:1-13 (James 2:1) My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? had sent--rather, "received . The best authorities read, "But Abraham believed," &c. and he was called the Friend of God--He was not so called in his lifetime, though he was so even then from the time of his justification; but he was called so, being recognized as such by all on the ground of his works of faith. It is not living faith, nor can it save.” (Burdick). BENGEL, making no ellipsis of "the Lord," explains "glory" as in apposition with Christ who is THE GLORY ( Luke 2:32 ); the true Shekinah glory of the temple ( Romans 9:4 ). The offering of Isaac at that time, quoted here, James 2:21 , formed no part of the ground of his justification, for he was justified previously on his simply believing in the promise of spiritual heirs, that is, believers, numerous as the stars. Where there is no active love, there is no real *faith. To dishonor the poor is to dishonor those whom God honors, and so to invert the order of God [CALVIN]. It does not follow that living faith derives its life from works, as the body derives its life from the animating spirit. He was then justified: that justification was showed or manifested by his offering Isaac forty years after. The inoperative profession of sympathy answering to the inoperative profession of faith. 21-26, p. 56). True*faith will always lead to doing good works. 7. Their faith only adds to their torment at the thought of having to meet Him who is to consign them to their just doom: so thine ( Hebrews 10:26 Hebrews 10:27 , it is not the faith of love, but of fear, that hath torment, 1 John 4:18 ). Partly from James' Hebrew tendencies, partly from the Jewish Christian churches retaining most of the Jewish forms, this term "synagogue" is used here instead of the Christian term "Church" (ecclesia, derived from a root, "called out," implying the union of its members in spiritual bonds, independent of space, and called out into separation from the world); an undesigned coincidence and mark of truth. But this kind of faith does nothing for the demons, because it isn’t real faith, and that is proved by the fact that it doesn’t have works along with it. The lesson from Rahab is also clear: if we believe in God, we will help His people, even when it costs us something. . So "my strength is made perfect in weakness," that is, exerts itself most perfectly, shows how great it is [CAMERON]: so 1 John 4:17 , Hebrews 2:10 , 5:9 . 23. scripture was fulfilled-- Genesis 15:6 , quoted by Paul, as realized in Abraham's justification by faith; but by James, as realized subsequently in Abraham's work of offering Isaac, which, he says, justified him. James grounds Christian practice on Christian faith. If any part of a man be leprous, the whole man is judged to be a leper. But James reverses this. Salem Media Group. While he emphasizes that we cannot win salvation by our good works, he also acknowledges “that the … Verse 14 The subject here is the nature of real *faith. Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? The nature of acceptable obedience (James 1:26–27) a. i. James properly estimates that Abraham actually did offer Isaac his son on the altar, even though the angel stopped him from actually killing his son. See VITRINGA [Synagogue and Temple]. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. James perhaps is subtly rebuking the partiality that may have developed on the part of Jewish Christians against the Gentile believers starting to come into the church. 11. But as an example of free grace justifying men through an operative, as opposed to a mere verbal faith, none could be more suitable than a saved "harlot." “He designedly put together two persons so different in their character, in order more clearly to shew, that no one, whatever may have been his or her condition, nation, or class in society, has ever been counted righteous without good works.” (Calvin, cited in Hiebert). But true faith, living faith, shown to be true by good works, will alone justify. One may say he has faith though he have not works. i. If there is no evidence of a new life, then there was no genuine, saving faith. . . . 1 a James, a servant 1 of God and b of the Lord Jesus Christ, To c the twelve tribes in d the Dispersion: Greetings. These letters were sent out as circular epistles to be passed around and read in several locations. So BENGEL, "If the works which living faith produces have no existence, it is a proof that faith itself (literally, 'in respect to itself') has no existence; that is, that what one boasts of as faith, is dead." However, when a bible teacher makes a mistake it affects others spiritually, and that's why it is so serious. To show faith to man, works in some form or other are needed: we are justified judicially by God ( Romans 8:33 ); meritoriously, by Christ ( Isaiah 53:11 ); mediately, by faith ( Romans 5:1 ); evidentially, by works. God, in the first instance, "justifies the ungodly" through faith; subsequently the believer is justified before the world as righteous through faith manifested in words and works (compare Matthew 25:35-37 , "the righteous," Matthew 25:40 ). 6. ii. When discussing work, he invariably uses the plural works (Greek erga) rather than the singular work (Greek ergon). without works--The Greek, implies separate from the works [ALFORD] which ought to flow from it if it were real. "(Ye rest in the law): If indeed (then) ye fulfil it, ye do well; but if," &c. royal--the law that is king of all laws, being the sum and essence of the ten commandments. Hence James' saying that Abraham was justified by such a work, is equivalent to saying, as Paul does, that he was justified by faith itself; for it was in fact faith expressed in action, as in other cases saving faith is expressed in words. The "evil thoughts" are in the judges themselves; as in Luke 18:6 , the Greek, "judge of injustice," is translated, "unjust judge." But that isn’t my gift.”James will not allow this kind of thinking. a. Rahab the harlot: Significantly, James used two examples of a living faith – Abraham (the father of the Jews) and Rahab (a Gentile). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. "By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not." Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. Literally, "was working (at the time) with his works." The converse of, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" ( Matthew 5:7 ). It is clear from the nature of Rahab's act, that it is not quoted to prove justification by works as such. The best manuscripts read, "Whosoever shall have kept the whole law, and yet shall have offended (literally, 'stumbled'; not so strong as 'fall,' Romans 11:11 ) in one (point; here, the respecting of persons), is (hereby) become guilty of all." Once we are saved by grace through faith, we are no longer under the law and therefore we need not be in bondage to the law. before . I think the translation is, "If in very deed (or 'indeed on the one hand') ye fulfil the royal law . The fallacy of faith without works is demonstrated by the demons, which have a “dead” faith in God. Only indirectly rich Christians can be meant, who, by their inconsistency, caused His name to be blasphemed; so Ezekiel 36:21 Ezekiel 36:22 , Romans 2:24 . James here, passing from the particular case of "mercy" or "love" violated by "respect of persons," notwithstanding profession of the "faith of our Lord Jesus" ( James 2:1 ), combats the Jewish tendency (transplanted into their Christianity) to substitute a lifeless, inoperative acquaintance with the letter of the law, for change of heart to practical holiness, as if justification could be thereby attained ( Romans 2:3 Romans 2:13 Romans 2:23 ). James teaches us about such matters in James 2:1-13. English Version is simpler. "If there chance to have come" [ALFORD]. kingdom . Martin G. Collins Joy . ye--Christians, from whom better things might have been expected; there is no marvel that men of the world do so. with respect of persons--literally, "in respectings of persons"; "in" the practice of partial preferences of persons in various ways and on various occasions. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. We may request cookies to be set on your device. It is in the root, and underneath the bark of the tree in the trunk. there--at a distance from where the good seats are. James 3. 18. English Version, if retained, must not be understood to mean that faith can exist "alone" (that is, severed from works), but thus: Even so presumed faith, if it have not works, is dead, being by itself "alone," that is, severed from works of charity; just as the body would be "dead" if alone, that is, severed from the spirit ( James 2:26 ). James 2, Adam Clarke Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. But unless thy faith goes farther than an assent to this truth, "the evil spirits (literally, 'demons': 'devil' is the term restricted to Satan, their head) believe" so far in common with thee, "and (so far from being saved by such a faith) shudder (so the Greek)," Matthew 8:29 , Luke 4:34 , 2 Peter 2:4 , Jude 1:6 , Revelation 20:10 . c. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also: As much as you can have a body with no life (a corpse), so you can have a faith with no life – and faith without works is a dead faith, unable to save. unto him--not in the best manuscripts. On James 2:14-26: This paragraph is perhaps the most disputed and misunderstood passage in the New Testament; but the interpretation presented here flows out of deep convictions: (1) that here indeed we have the inspired word of God; (2) that this portion of the New Testament is as easily understood as any other; (3) that the simple answers are the true ones; (4) that there is not the slightest contradiction … Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. This verse continues the argument from james 2:14 james 2:16 . Hold not the faith of our common Lord, the Lord of glory - Of which glory all who believe in him partake. The people in the Jewish synagogue sat according to their rank, those of the same trade together. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. Summing up of the previous reasonings. My brethren— The equality of Christians, intimated by this name, is the ground of the admonition. That work of faith demonstrated, but did not contribute to his justification. And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You do well. The text raises as least four important questions that preachers might pursue further. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. In this belief she hid the spies at the risk of her life. “Therefore, if no deeds are forthcoming, it is proof that the professed faith is dead. The poor man must either stand, or if he sits, sit in a degrading position. The glory of Christ resting on the poor believer should make him be regarded as highly by "brethren" as his richer brother; nay, more so, if the poor believer has more of Christ's spirit than the rich brother. "Show" does not mean here to prove to me, but exhibit to me. Even the demons believe; and tremble! [1] James is describing any kind of work, from works of kindnes… The illustration, James 2:16 , proves it is: "If one of you say" to a naked brother, "Be ye warmed, notwithstanding ye give not those things needful." poor of this world--The best manuscripts read, "those poor in respect to the world." The germ really, from the first, contains in it the full-grown tree, but its perfection is not attained till it is matured fully. goodly apparel . draw you--Translate, "is it not they (those very persons whom ye partially prefer, James 2:1-4 ) that drag you (namely, with violence)" [ALFORD]. Rich heathen must here chiefly be meant; for none others would directly blaspheme the name of Christ. He goes on to say that we shall be judged without mercy if we hav… We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. He "is no respecter of persons"; therefore to respect persons is at variance with Him and His royal law, which is at once a law of love and of liberty ( James 2:12 ). The law of liberty, through God's mercy, frees us from the curse of the law, that henceforth we should be free to love and obey willingly. James. by works was faith made perfect--not was vivified, but attained its fully consummated development, and is shown to be real. 1. The life is not in the apples, the fruit that is displayed in season; but if the tree is alive it will produce apples in season. Chapter 2. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. It is parallel to verse 18 where it says, "not one jot or one tittle," the least things that are part of the law of God.Using this principle, consider that there can be no doubt that, of all the Ten Commandments held in respect and honor by the people of the world, the Sabbath commandment is the least of the ten. The sin of respect of persons: Dead, unworking faith saves no man. So faith consisting in mere profession is unacceptable to God, the object of faith, and profitless to the possessor. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. The "him" also in the Greek is emphatic; the particular man who professes faith without having the works which evidence its vitality. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. St. Simon Magus so "believed and was baptized," and yet had "neither part nor lot in this matter," for his "heart," as his words and works evinced, was not right in the sight of God. Abraham was so complete in his obedience that he counted Isaac as dead and set him on the altar. assembly--literally, "synagogue"; this, the latest honorable use, and the only Christian use of the term in the New Testament, occurs in James's Epistle, the apostle who maintained to the latest possible moment the bonds between the Jewish synagogue and the Christian Church. . that worthy name--which is "good before the Lord's saints" ( Psalms 52:9 , 54:6 ); which ye pray may be "hallowed" ( Matthew 6:9 ), and "by which ye are called," literally, "which was invoked" or, "called upon by you" (compare Genesis 48:16 , Isaiah 4:1 , Margin; Acts 15:17 ), so that at your baptism "into the name" (so the Greek, Matthew 28:19 ) of Christ, ye became Christ's people ( 1 Corinthians 3:23 ). So in James 1:6 , "wavering." It is faith that not only hears the word of God but does it, as in Matthew 7:24-27. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. Perhaps he had in mind a Jewish synagogue with Jews and Jewish Christians still worshiping together as in the early chapters of Acts, but James's description indicates a Christian ownership of and authority over this assembly. Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory… ye commit sin--literally, "ye work sin," Matthew 7:23 , to which the reference here is probably, as in James 1:22 . You thus break the whole law, though not the whole of the law, because you offend against love, which is the fulfilling of the law. . You believe that there is one God. (2) That of the R.V. adultery . Testing of Your Faith. ALFORD wrongly denies that "say" is emphatic. filled--instead of being "destitute of food" ( Matthew 15:37 ). This includes not showing favoritism to the rich over the poor. . when he had offered--rather, "when he offered" [ALFORD], that is, brought as an offering at the altar; not implying that he actually offered him. well and good; but respect of persons is a breach of that law." Abraham was justified by faith long before he offered Isaac (Genesis 15:6). 10. Do not [attempt to] hold andpractice the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ [the Lord] of glory [together with snobbery]! Christ--that is, the Christian faith. Matthew 21:21 , Acts 10:20 , Romans 4:20 , "staggered not." b. c. You believe that there is one God. People may … Continue reading "Commentary on James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17" In Matthew 5:19, Jesus Christ mentions "the least commandment." International Bible Lesson Commentary . Thou--emphatic. James /. The same God calls on Abraham to slay the subject of His own promise, when as yet there was no seed in whom those predictions could be realized. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. The Jewish Christians boasted of, and rested in, the "law" ( Acts 15:1 , 21:18-24 , Romans 2:17 , Galatians 2:12 ). warmed--with clothing, instead of being as heretofore "naked" ( 2:15 , Job 31:20 ). ◄ James 2:1 ► (1) That of the A.V. 14-17); (2) genuine faith is not mere acceptance of a creed (vv. judged by the law of liberty--( James 1:25 ); that is, the Gospel law of love, which is not a law of external constraint, but of internal, free, instinctive inclination. Proud member James 2:1-26 . Verse 10 of James 2 is one of the most popular verses that people cite when considering how difficult it is to keep the law. “Man is not justified by faith alone, that is, by a bare and empty knowledge of God; he is justified by works, that is, his righteousness is known and proved by its fruits.” (Calvin), ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. In this chapter the apostle condemns a sinful regarding of the rich, and despising the poor, which he imputes to partiality and injustice, and shows it to be an acting contrary to God, who has chosen the poor, and whose interest is often persecuted, and his name blasphemed, by the rich ( v. 1-7 ). *Faith that is in words alone is of no use at all. justified by works--evidentially, and James 2:23 , James, like Paul, recognizes the Scripture truth, that it was his faith that was counted to Abraham for righteousness in his justification before God. 15. Thus "thou" becomes more demonstratively emphatic. a. Her faith was shown to be living faith because it did something. What doth it profit--literally, "What is the profit?" With respect of persons— That is, honour none merely for being rich; despise none merely for being poor. In the two clauses which follow, emphasize "faith" in the former, and "works" in the latter, to see the sense [BENGEL]. Those who profess faith in Christ as the Lord of glory, must not respect persons on account of mere outward circumstances and appearances, in a manner not agreeing with their profession of being disciples of the lowly Jesus. Plug in, Turn on and Be En light ened! ALFORD explains, "Received its realization, was entirely exemplified and filled up." Hearken--James brings to trial the self-constituted "judges" ( James 2:4 ). The law is the "whole"; "the (particular) Scripture" ( Leviticus 19:18 ) quoted is a part. Paul urged as strongly as James the need of works as evidences of faith, especially in the later Epistles, when many were abusing the doctrine of faith ( Titus 2:14 , 3:8 ). James 2:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 2:18, NIV: "But someone will say, 'You have faith; I have deeds. (Galatians 3:24-26; Ephesians 2:8-9). So Paul states as the mean of salvation faith expressed. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? “It is faith that justifieth the man; but they are works that justify faith to be right and real, saving and justifying.” (Trapp). Hence we might expect faith to answer to the spirit, works to the body. If we will not in turn practice the law of love to our neighbor, that law of grace condemns us still more heavily than the old law, which spake nothing but wrath to him who offended in the least particular ( James 2:13 ). . James illustrates "the perfect law of liberty" ( James 1:25 ) in one particular instance of a sin against it, concluding with a reference again to that law ( james 2:12 james 2:13 ). Similar translation ought therefore to be given to both the possessor question about what faith actually is ( 2:10! 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