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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.

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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

AND

 James’ works verifying saving faith.

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