James 2 (Faith Is The Soul Of Holy Living)

Hebrews 10:35-39

“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition (loss of soul/salvation = lawlessness), but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.”

James continues to shows us what faith is in action and challenges us to be active in faith like-wise. In the last study, God’s Word revealed to us that faith produces:

Patience

Endurance

Desire for Purity

Self Control

Good Works

Faith not only produces good, righteous and holy living But is the heart, soul, foundation of true Christianity. And if we sit on the Word of God and do nothing with it, than we really do not have salvation either because our faith without works is dead faith. It takes faith to be saved through Jesus Christ (Romans 3;4;5). It takes faith to lay down (repent) all sins,  but if our faith is dead, we therefore have not salvation. James challenges us to look into the mirror of truth to help us see and take inventory of ourselves, whether we truly know God and are in the faith of Jesus Christ or not. One who has real faith does what God’s Holy Word teaches because faith is the soul of holy living and good, righteous works.

Jesus Christ called us to salvation through His blood. And if we are washed in the blood of Jesus Christ an are born again by God the Holy Spirit, we are then His earthen vessels, temples of the Holy living God in order to have a powerful impact upon this anti-Christ society and world we live among, through power of His Holy Spirit and obedience to God through His Holy Word. But the first step is to have faith of God (the God kind of faith) to live right unto God our Heavenly Father as a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to Him as our reasonable service (Romans 12). Set apart from the ways and patterns of this fallen, sinful, corrupt world for God Almighty’s use alone. Not only be hearers of the Word but be doers what His Word says and teaches because God’s ways is the only way that works (John 14:6) and He wants us to be blessed and complete, lacking nothing in Him, equipped for every good work. Faith + the Love of God + Holiness/Good Works = Completeness in Jesus Christ which is the bottom line of the Lord Jesus’ teachings of Matthew 5;6;7 which He sums up in:

Matthew 5:48

 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

 Audio Length: 35:20

 

Study Highlights:

 *00:02    James 2:1-13

To show partiality (favoritism) is sin! The Lord Jesus Christ saved us (born again children of God who knows God) through His blood by His mercy, therefore we are to be merciful and forgive one another by practicing the Royal Law (the Love Law) from the heart, even to a people who slanders, hates, & reviles God and His children without cause because God will hold us accountable whether we were merciful to our brethren and to His enemies or not. Matthew 5:7: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” And, Luke 6:27: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”

*13:30   James 2:14-26

If we truly know God, We should be living as Jesus Christ has lived on this earth full of faith, holiness & righteousness as true Ambassadors (representatives) of God through Jesus Christ. Faith + Action proves our belief in Jesus Christ and in His Word. Proves that we know God, are born of God, love God and abide in Jesus Christ (John 14:15) if we keep His commandments and live according to His Holy teachings