members, click to sign in..
 
SITE NOTICE | MORE..
Attention Broadcasters: The latest monthly Sermon Download PDF Report for July 2015 is now available. Please log into the Members Area to download and print it.
 


6,136 active users!!Bandwidth
TUESDAY
AUG 4, 2015
Home
NewsSITE
Events & Blogs
New Audio & Video
BroadcastersNew Stuff!
Local Church Finder
Live Webcasts
Sermons by Bible
Sermons by Topic
Sermons by Speaker
Sermons by Date
Staff Picks
CommentsALL -25 min
Top Sermons
VideosPDFs
Daily Log
PhotosNew Stuff!
Stores
Online Bible
Hymnal
Daily Reading
Our Services
Submit Sermon
Members Only

Mobile Apps | Info
Enjoy sermons from this broadcaster
on a variety of mobile devices.
MyChurch: flushingbible
Church Apps | Info
Creating your own Church App is
as simple as turning ON the option.
 | Flushing, Michigan
Podcast + Codes
Sermon Browser Info | Demo
Newest Widget | Demo
Our Picks | Info | Demo
Latest Blog | Info | Demo
Single Sermon | Info
To embed a single sermon,
use the "Email & Share" button.
Our Blog
Older
Newer
Blog
Post+
Search
  
Filter By

Who Is Right, Paul or James?
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013
Posted by: Flushing Bible Church | more..
650+ views | 150+ clicks
Since I am referring to the authors of inspired Scripture (2 Tim 3:16) in the title of this blog post, then the obvious answer is that they are both right. But, how can this be when Paul says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Eph 2:8-9 NASB), and James says, “You see a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.” (Jam 2:24)? So, which is it, are we justified by faith, or are we justified by works?

The clear teaching of Scripture is that man is saved, or given a righteous standing before God, through faith alone, by grace alone, in Christ alone (Eph 2:8-9, Luke 7:50, Acts 4:12, 16:31, Rom 5:1, John 10:9, 14:6). So then, it would seem that the passage from the book of James above is a good place to begin our investigation to discover just exactly what James is saying. Through this investigation we will come to the conclusion that James is referring to a different aspect of our salvation than that of Paul.

In the passage from Ephesians 2, Paul is saying that an individual (any individual) who puts his or her faith in Christ as their savior will thereby, through the gracious gift of salvation, have a righteous standing before God (Rom 8:1), and therefore will experience eternal life with the Lord. He is speaking of justification before God.

Notice, however, that James is describing a different situation. He says that if a person does not help a brother (the term brother is important because it shows that James is speaking to believers, since the only way to be a brother is to believe) in need, then that person’s faith is dead. That’s interesting. How can faith be dead? After all, when we put our faith in Christ we are saved, right? What does dead mean? The term dead always refers to separation in Scripture; it never means, “cease to exist,” as we often tend to think.[1] When a person dies he does not cease to exist, rather his spirit is separated from his body. His spirit is separated from the vessel through which it interacts with this world that we all live in. If this concept is applied to faith being dead in James, then we can come to the conclusion that the faith is not attached to its intended consequence, which is good works. James 2:18 shows the context of the point that James is making. He concludes by stating “…I will show you my faith by my works.” In this it shows that James is speaking of our justification before men, and not God. We are justified before God the moment that we put our faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross. However, we demonstrate our salvation to mankind through our works. Abraham has been enshrined into the Hall of Fame of Faith (Heb 11) because of the act of being willing to sacrifice his promised son Isaac on Mount Moriah. This is an event that has been read by millions, and it shows to every one of those readers that Abraham had faith in God. God knew that Abraham was saved before that (Gen 15:6). Rahab was also a believer in God (Josh 2:11), and she demonstrated that faith to the Jewish spies through protecting them. She showed her faith to men by her works, but God already knew that she was a believer.

So, just like what we started with, both Paul and James are correct, of course. After all, ALL Scripture is inspired, and therefore inerrant. Paul, in Ephesians, is teaching about our justification before God, and James is teaching about our justification before mankind, or how we show other men that we are believers in Christ.



[1] Dennis M. Rokser, Faith and Works: A Clarification of “Faith Without Works Is Dead” (Duluth, MN: Grace Gospel Press, 2013), 22.

post new | clone this | rss feed | blog top »
Text feature this blog entry
Our Blog
Older
Newer
Top


Jonathan Shishko
True Love, Agape Love

OPC MTI Sermon
Special Meeting
Reformation Presbyterian
Play! | MP3 | RSS


Bruce David Bell
Angels Don't Sit For Long

Berean Bible Fellowship
Sunday Service
Play! | MP3

Scott T. Brown
In Whom Do You Trust?

Isaiah
Hope Baptist Church
Play! | MP3

Shawn Mathis
Fasting for the Unborn Aug 22

Providence OPC
Current Events
Play! | MP3

Kevin Swanson
McConnell Won't Defund PP

Christians Losing Appeals
Generations Radio
Play! | MP3

Event: Dec 15-17, 2015
The Foundations Conference

New York City | December 15-17, 2015
Conference
SermonAudio Classics

Sermon: Prospect of Gospel in Ulster
Rev. Ivan Foster

SPONSOR | 4,200+

SPONSOR




                   
One drop of Christ's blood is worth more than heaven and earth. ... Martin Luther

City: Las Vegas, NV
Gospel of John
Cities | Local | Personal
MOBILE
iPhone + iPad New!
Church App
Android New!
Church App
Kindle + Nook
Chromecast TV
ROKU TV
BlackBerry
Windows Mobile
Apple Watch New!
Pebble Smartwatch
Kindle Reader


HELP
Knowledgebase
Broadcasters
Listeners
Q&A
Uploading Sermons
Uploading Videos
Webcasting
Tips & Tricks
YouTube Screencasts

FOLLOW
Weekly Newsletter
Staff Picks Feed
Site Notices New!
RSS | Twitter | Facebook
SERVICES | ALL
Local Church Finder | Info
MP3 Play & Download
Mobile Apps
Podcasting
Video Support
Live Webcasting New!
Transcription Service
Business Cards
SOLO | MINI Sites
Domain Redirect
Favorites | QR Codes
Online Donations New!
24x7 Radio Stream
INTEGRATION
Sermon Browser
HTML Codes
WordPress
Twitter
Facebook
Logos | e-Sword
JSON API

BATCH
Transfer Agent
Protected Podcasts
Upload via Email
Auto-Upload Sermons
Auto-Blog Import
Picasa | FTP | Dropbox
ABOUT US
SermonAudio.com is the largest library of audio sermons from conservative churches and ministries worldwide. All broadcasters must adhere to the Articles of Faith.

Our Services | Testimonials
Broadcast With Us!
Support Us
Advertising | Local Ads
CONTACT
info@sermonaudio.com
Copyright © 2015 SermonAudio.com.