Read: James 2:14-20 Memorize: James 2:17 Pastor Josh October 15-21, 2015
The conversation of topic from James this week is how you can know that you have truly been saved. Look at verse 14, "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?" James brings out two kinds of faith; faith that is dead or faith that is real. Christ mentions in Matthew 7:21, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." In other words, when you accept the Lord as your savior, there should be a desire to live a different life from the one you had before you were saved.
Verse 15-16, "If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?" Here he is talking about a person who says they are saved but won't even seek to help meet the needs of another believer. Works do not earn salvation, but they do reveal a changed and obedient heart towards God.
Verse 17, "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." Here he is saying faith alone doesn't prove salvation. In other words, their is more to it than just getting saved. You can probably think of times where someone has said "I'm saved", but they don't act like it, talk like it, or live like it. I've used this saying before, but it fits. "Your walk talks, and your talk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks." James proves this in the next verse.
"Yea, a man may say, thou hast faith, and I have works; shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." What you do with your life once you are saved will prove to those around you that you are truly saved. When God saves you from your sins, your desires should change as well. Have they?
"Thou believest that there is one God, thou doest well, the devils also believe, and tremble." Even Satan and his demons believe in God.
James finishes his thoughts with verse 20, "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" You can't have one without the other. Do others around you know that there is something different about you? They should!