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#7 - How to Reconcile Luther and James

How to Have a Faith That Works

 How to Reconcile Luther and James - James 2:14-26

Paul - Romans 3:28  28  For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law

James - James 2:24  You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.


True Saving Faith Produces Good Works As Its Proof


  1. The Purpose of Works vss. 14-19


  1. 14 - A question asked


               vss. 15-17 - An example given  


                              This is the issue James is facing….  


               vss. 18-19 - An objection raised


                               The Antinomiam - The person who says  


                              The Legalist - The person says  


                              And then there’s – faith and works = justification


                              So which is it James?  Faith = Justification  + Works



  1. The Proof From Works vss. 20-25


     James uses Old Testament history to…


               Abraham - vs. 21


               Rahab - vs. 25                                  Joshua 2:11                       Joshua 6:25  


     James uses “justify” differently than Paul …  .


               Matthew 11:18-19           


  1. The Requisite of Works


               So which is it James?  Faith = Justification  + Works….in the…   


                Pre or Post? - not millenial but…


               Ephesians 2:8-10  


Do you have Paul’s saving  faith producing  Works


 James’ works verifying saving faith.

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