Greetings Brethren:

Faith in God is a necessary ingredient in the Healing process. Man is not God.

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal July 20, 2001 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


CHRISTIANITY: FALSE TEACHING, FALSE DOCTRINES

THE MIRACLES OF HEALING

PART 33: THE BOOK OF JAMES & FAITH

In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.



James the brother of Jesus was not an Apostle but a servant of Jesus Christ. The Bible notes that he was a significant leader in the Jerusalem church. This epistle was written to first century Jewish Christians who resided in Gentile communities outside Palestine. Thus, James writes to all the Christians scattered throughout the known world.

In 1 Corinthians 15:7 we see the conversion of James when Jesus appeared to him after the resurrection. He was noted by Paul as one of the three pillars of the church in Jerusalem (Galatians 2:9). In Acts 15 he is described as the leader and chief spokesman of the Apostolic Council.

James writes about faith in 2:14-26. His statements do not disagree with Paul and his statements on faith. However James refutes the established Jewish notion that saving faith is the intellectual acceptance of doctrines, rules etc.

Faith results in good works. Thus, they both compliment each other. James responds to several problems in the church. One significant problem was the confusion over the doctrine of the free gift of righteousness through faith (Romans 5:15-17). Many of these Christians claimed that a Christian, having faith did not need works. They overlooked the fact that true faith would be revealed in works.

Therefore these people were denying that Christ gave of himself for our deliverance (Titus 2:14). Thus James notes that intellectual faith was not significant for the Christian. Intellectual faith would ignore the need for faith to affect the heart.

James 2:14. "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?

True faith affects change. Our conduct as well as our thoughts are changed. Thus, our lives are changed. If there is change we do not believe in the truths we claim to believe. In this passage James is not contradicting what Paul says: "a man is declared righteous by faith apart from works of law." (Romans 3:28)

For example James noted that any so-called faith that does not cause the person to do good works is not genuine faith.

Matthew 5:16. "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your fine works and give glory to your Father who is in the heavens?"

The phase, "can faith save him" from James notes that faith is false without works. James notes in James 1:21, true faith in God's Word can save our souls. However, James is discussing works different from Paul writing in Romans 3 & 4.

Paul writes that works cannot bring one a declaration of righteousness. But James speaks about Christian works that are motivated, not by a code, but by faith and love.

James 2:17. "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."

Faith with no action does nothing for the possessor or God. (See Ecclesiastes 9:5-6). As we serve and obey God we show our commitment to God.

However, our service is not a means to earn our way to heaven. Sincere service does not render peace and paradise but verifies our faith in Christ.

James 2:26. "For the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."

When the body is dead there is no force or spirit. Thus merely professed faith is as lifeless and un-productive as a dead body. Faith cannot be seen but works of faith can be seen and observed. The agreement with a set of Christian teachings is incomplete without faith. True faith transforms our conduct as well as our thoughts.

Again we note that Paul speaks against those who try to be saved by works instead of faith. James speaks against those who confuse mere intellectual agreement with true faith. In the Bible faith has a twofold purpose:

1. Active-fidelity-trustworthiness.

2. Passive-Trust-Reliance.

Thus, as faith affects healing true faith results in a changed life and good works. Active obedience to God's laws shows our faith is real.

Cont. Part 34: Faith In The New Testament.

 

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