Faith Without Works
Faith Without Works
Can a person be saved by faith, without any works at all?” How often this question arises and how important it is to know the Biblical answer.
Let me be blunt. Not only is it true that a person can be saved by faith without any works of any kind, but it is the only way that anyone can ever be saved at all. Consider some of the clear statements by God concerning this important matter:
- Ephesians 2:8, 9: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that [being saved] not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
- Titus 3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us through the washing of regeneration [new birth] and renewing of the Holy Spirit.
- II Timothy 1:9: [God] who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to US in Christ Jesus before time began.
- Romans 4:5: But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.
- Romans 11:6: And if [salvation is] by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.
But What About the Second Chapter of James: “Faith Without Works is Dead?”
As soon as salvation by faith alone in Christ alone is brought up by a Christian who is clear on the issues of grace and works, someone invariably mentions James, chapter two. Verse 17 of the chapter says, “Thus also, faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” And verse 21 adds, “Was not Abraham our father justified [considered or declared righteous] by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?”
I'm always delighted to examine this portion of James with one who is sincerely seeking to know the truth of the matter because James is very clear, not only regarding to whom he is writing, but why he is writing; that is, the thrust of his writing.
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