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James 2:26 - Faith without deeds is dead

NIV As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
KJV For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
NASB Pues como el cuerpo sin el espíritu está muerto, así también la fe sin obras está muerta.
James 2:26


James compares faith to the human body. He likens works to the spirit. The body without the spirit is lifeless, useless, valueless. So faith without works is dead, ineffective, worthless. Obviously it is a spurious faith, not genuine saving faith. To summarize, then, James tests our faith by our answers to the following questions. Am I willing like Abraham to offer the dearest thing in my life to God? Am I willing like Rahab to turn traitor to the world in order to be loyal to Christ?

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Jas 2:26). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

The body (Gk. sōma) represents faith (Gk. pistis). Breathing (works) demonstrates the body is alive. Works demonstrate that faith is alive.

Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson's new illustrated Bible commentary (Jas 2:26). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

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