Book of James 2018-04-18
Here are some tools to help you with the devotionals:
Bible Text: James 2:18-26 (ESV)
18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
Read the passage slowly and pause to linger over notable words and phrases. Ask questions to explore the Bible passage for truths, challenges, or lessons about life, the gospel, or Christian life. As you answer your questions, engage in personal reflection and respond to how God is using the passage to speak to you today. (You can refer to the Inductive Bible Study guidelines at the top of this page.)