James And Salvation
Written by Robert Reynolds on July 24, 2018
I am not sure who wrote this, but I want to share it with you all. I pray it is a blessing to you. –Bro. Robert Reynolds
Those that wrongly divide the word of truth claim that justification in James 2:21-24 is not referring to salvation, rather the outward righteousness being observed in the eyes of men. We know this is incorrect because when you look at verse 14 and also the context of the whole chapter, it is clear that salvation is by faith and works in James 2.
James 2:14 “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, **and have not works?** can faith SAVE HIM?” KJV
The word “him” is referring to a person, not a thing. It is referring to the salvation of a person, not a Christian’s testimony before men. James 2:17-24 is not about a man telling another person to see his good works in order to prove saving faith, but to reproach a person, who thinks he is saved by faith alone, and to show the necessity of works for salvation in the Tribulation period. James 2:21-22 teaches that faith is made perfect by works and justification is by works. For the Christian in the Church Age this is not the case. The Christian’s faith is never made perfect by works (Rom. 4:4-8, 13-15), nor do we receive justification by works (Rom. 3:20,28.) Verse 26 shows that faith and works are both necessary for salvation. The phrase “justified by works” is not “declared righteous by those who observe his good works”, rather a reference to salvation (Rom. 4:2, Gal. 2:16). James is not written doctrinally to the Christian, although there are things in the book of James that can apply to the Christian, but the things that clearly contradict the Pauline Epistles are not doctrine for the Church Age Saint. James is written to the twelve tribes of Israel during the Tribulation (James 1:1).