. James illustrates "the perfect law of liberty" ( James 1:25 ) in one particular instance of a sin against it, concluding with a reference again to that law ( james 2:12 james 2:13 ). Hence Hebrews 11:31 names this as an example of faith, rather than of obedience. If we will not in turn practice the law of love to our neighbor, that law of grace condemns us still more heavily than the old law, which spake nothing but wrath to him who offended in the least particular ( James 2:13 ). Abraham . Abraham was justified by faith long before he offered Isaac (Genesis 15:6). Changes will take effect once you reload the page. iii. without works--The Greek, implies separate from the works [ALFORD] which ought to flow from it if it were real. James 2:1-26. . But according to James chapter 2, there is such a thing as faith that doesn’t save. "Mercy" here corresponds to "love," James 2:8 . partial--literally, "Have ye not made distinctions" or "differences" (so as to prefer one to … 12. Christian churches were built like the synagogues, the holy table in the east end of the former, as the ark was in the latter; the desk and pulpit were the chief articles of furniture in both alike. James beseeches such a one to lay aside his perverse unwillingness to know what is palpable to all who are willing to do. James 2:1-17 invites believers to examine their relationships with one another, particularly along class lines, their understanding of the role of the Torah in the Christian life, and their willingness to put their faith into action. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. are become judges of evil thoughts--The Greek words for "judges" and for "partial," are akin in sound and meaning. Translate, "The judgment (which is coming on all of us) shall be without mercy to him who hath showed no mercy." The Jewish Christians boasted of, and rested in, the "law" ( Acts 15:1 , 21:18-24 , Romans 2:17 , Galatians 2:12 ). He simply indicates that it is not the right kind of faith. They who dishonor God's name by wilful and habitual sin, "take (or bear) the Lord's name in vain" (compare Proverbs 30:9 , with Exodus 20:7 ). James 1:2. B. James is a book of practicality written to Jewish Christians who had been The general bearing of the words is plain enough, but there is a special meaning which is commonly passed over. True *faith isnot just to feel good or to accept the truth only with the m… Even the demons believe— and tremble! To understand this more we need to remember the purpose of the law. As Abraham was an instance of an illustrious man and the father of the Jews, so Rahab is quoted as a woman, and one of abandoned character, and a Gentile, showing that justifying faith has been manifested in those of every class. Suppose one were to say to a naked brother, "Be warmed," without giving him needful clothing. with respect of persons--literally, "in respectings of persons"; "in" the practice of partial preferences of persons in various ways and on various occasions. The second chapter of James offers a far-reaching treatment of the life of faith. James Greeting. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. 16. 17. faith . James. speak--referring back to james 1:19 james 1:26 ; the fuller discussion of the topic is given James 3:5-12 . James 2:18, ESV: "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." Paul urged as strongly as James the need of works as evidences of faith, especially in the later Epistles, when many were abusing the doctrine of faith ( Titus 2:14 , 3:8 ). Everyone says wrong things sometimes. The passage begins with a question about what faith actually is (James 2:1). 2, 3. . The life is not in the apples, the fruit that is displayed in season; but if the tree is alive it will produce apples in season. When discussing work, he invariably uses the plural works (Greek erga) rather than the singular work (Greek ergon). We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The question here is not as to the ground on which believers are justified, but about the demonstration of their faith: so in the case of Abraham. 11. The rich, if a believer, renounces riches as his portion; the poor, if an unbeliever, neglects that which is the peculiar advantage of poverty ( Matthew 5:3 , 1 Corinthians 1:26 1 Corinthians 1:27 1 Corinthians 1:28 ). ( Jas 2:1) The principle established. Hence James' saying that Abraham was justified by such a work, is equivalent to saying, as Paul does, that he was justified by faith itself; for it was in fact faith expressed in action, as in other cases saving faith is expressed in words. Isaac was the subject of the promises of God, that in him Abraham's seed should be called. before . and R.V., "Hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 19. (1) The principle established. of James 2:8-12. justified by works--evidentially, and James 2:23 , James, like Paul, recognizes the Scripture truth, that it was his faith that was counted to Abraham for righteousness in his justification before God. Are ye not . The law is there to show us our need for a Saviour so that we may be justified by faith. Matthew 21:21 , Acts 10:20 , Romans 4:20 , "staggered not." English Version is simpler. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. My brethren— The equality of Christians, intimated by this name, is the ground of the admonition. It was the office of the deacons to direct to a seat the members of the congregation [CLEMENT OF ROME, Apostolical Constitutions, 2.57, 58]. Plainly, then, James must mean by works the same thing as Paul means by faith, only that he speaks of faith at its manifested development, whereas Paul speaks of it in its germ. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. These good works are the work oflove. how--rather, "that." 8. Verse 14 The subject here is the nature of real *faith. (2) The positive portrayal (James 1:25) 2. 4. Choose a verse from 'James 2' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org Commentaries for James Chapter 2 Favoritism Contradicts Faith. Besides, there were few rich Jewish Christians at Jerusalem ( Romans 15:26 ). show me thy faith without thy works--if thou canst; but thou canst not SHOW, that is, manifest or evidence thy alleged ( James 2:14 , "say") faith without works. 13. 20 th Book in the New Testament . James 2, Adam Clarke Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. 26. messengers--spies. Do not [attempt to] hold andpractice the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ [the Lord] of glory [together with snobbery]! Summing up of the previous reasonings. It is parallel to verse 18 where it says, "not one jot or one tittle," the least things that are part of the law of God.Using this principle, consider that there can be no doubt that, of all the Ten Commandments held in respect and honor by the people of the world, the Sabbath commandment is the least of the ten. 1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. The "Scripture" would not be "fulfilled," as James says it was, but contradicted by any interpretation which makes man's works justify him before God: for that Scripture makes no mention of works at all, but says that Abraham's belief was counted to him for righteousness. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. His faith in God would have been of no avail to him, had it not been manifested by works.” (Clarke). This includes not showing favoritism to the rich over the poor. Simon Magus so "believed and was baptized," and yet had "neither part nor lot in this matter," for his "heart," as his words and works evinced, was not right in the sight of God. But unless thy faith goes farther than an assent to this truth, "the evil spirits (literally, 'demons': 'devil' is the term restricted to Satan, their head) believe" so far in common with thee, "and (so far from being saved by such a faith) shudder (so the Greek)," Matthew 8:29 , Luke 4:34 , 2 Peter 2:4 , Jude 1:6 , Revelation 20:10 . Read Introduction to James “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well…”. Thus "thou" becomes more demonstratively emphatic. Not that their mercy is the ground of their acquittal, but the mercy of God in Christ towards them, producing mercy on their part towards their fellow men, makes them to triumph over judgment, which all in themselves otherwise deserve. The first of these concerns partiality. . Of the persecution we must endure, Jesus says, "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!" . Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. 2. unto him--not in the best manuscripts. "THE EPISTLE OF JAMES" Chapter Two OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THE CHAPTER 1) To consider the sin and danger of showing personal favoritism 2) To note the folly of faith without works, how that faith without works is a dead faith SUMMARY In this chapter we first find a call to hold the faith of Jesus Christ without partiality. Testing of Your Faith. The tree shows its life by its fruits, but it was alive before either fruits or even leaves appeared. (2) That of the R.V. 22. JAMES: “James 2” 1 “A Study of James 2” James 2:1-16 INTRODUCTION: A. We all make mistakes, and to one degree, or another there are consequences for us, and others, because of those mistakes. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. However, erga and ergon are simply plural and singular forms of the same word. Those who profess faith in Christ as the Lord of glory, must not respect persons on account of mere outward circumstances and appearances, in a manner not agreeing with their profession of being disciples of the lowly Jesus. The law is the "whole"; "the (particular) Scripture" ( Leviticus 19:18 ) quoted is a part. 2. StudyLıght .org . If there is no evidence of a new life, then there was no genuine, saving faith. that there is one God--rather, "that God is one": God's existence, however, is also asserted. vain--who deceivest thyself with a delusive hope, resting on an unreal faith. Only indirectly rich Christians can be meant, who, by their inconsistency, caused His name to be blasphemed; so Ezekiel 36:21 Ezekiel 36:22 , Romans 2:24 . "But some one will say": so the Greek. Notice that James does not deny that it is faith. In this belief she hid the spies at the risk of her life. 1. So James 1:4 , "Let patience have her perfect work," that is, have its full effect by showing the most perfect degree of endurance, "that ye may be perfect," that is, fully developed in the exhibition of the Christian character. James 2:1 My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. But as an example of free grace justifying men through an operative, as opposed to a mere verbal faith, none could be more suitable than a saved "harlot." See VITRINGA [Synagogue and Temple]. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Thou--emphatic. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. . My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory… Compare Matthew 18:32-35 , John 12:48 , Revelation 6:16 , "Wrath of the (merciful) Lamb.". James 2:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 2:18, NIV: "But someone will say, 'You have faith; I have deeds. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. . “It’s fine for you to have your gift of works and that you care for the needy. . The best manuscripts read, "Whosoever shall have kept the whole law, and yet shall have offended (literally, 'stumbled'; not so strong as 'fall,' Romans 11:11 ) in one (point; here, the respecting of persons), is (hereby) become guilty of all." So Paul, Philippians 2:12 , "Work out your own salvation": the salvation was already in germ theirs in their free justification through faith. “It is faith that justifieth the man; but they are works that justify faith to be right and real, saving and justifying.” (Trapp). We can think of an apple tree; where is the life of the tree? This verse continues the argument from james 2:14 james 2:16 . We are not to choose out parts of the law to keep, which suit our whim, while we neglect others. c. Faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect: Faith and works cooperated perfectly together in Abraham. . The habit of receiving passively sentimental impressions from sights of woe without carrying them out into active habits only hardens the heart. As Charles Spurgeon is reported to have said: “The grace that does not change my life will not save my soul.”. poor of this world--The best manuscripts read, "those poor in respect to the world." To break a part is to break the whole ( James 2:10 ). Do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? there--at a distance from where the good seats are. James 2 – A Living Faith in the Life of the Church A. Partiality and discrimination in the family of God. So faith consisting in mere profession is unacceptable to God, the object of faith, and profitless to the possessor. Verse 10 of James 2 is one of the most popular verses that people cite when considering how difficult it is to keep the law. Or, "thou seest." Thou self-deceiving claimant to faith without works. James 2:1-26 . That work of faith demonstrated, but did not contribute to his justification. Faith is a spiritual thing: works are material. We can’t “see” someone’s faith, but we can see their works. Perhaps he had in mind a Jewish synagogue with Jews and Jewish Christians still worshiping together as in the early chapters of Acts, but James's description indicates a Christian ownership of and authority over this assembly. He goes on to say that we shall be judged without mercy if we hav… So "my strength is made perfect in weakness," that is, exerts itself most perfectly, shows how great it is [CAMERON]: so 1 John 4:17 , Hebrews 2:10 , 5:9 . Faith is unseen save by God. Authorship To this the "indeed" alludes. ()Through the Holy Spirit, God gives us His gift of joy as part of the process of spiritual completion. doubteth." 'Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds." This leads some to suppose that James uses works to mean something different from work. . Even the demons believe; and tremble! The same blame of being a judge, when one ought to be an obeyer, of the law is found in James 4:11 . Believing that his faith is all it should be, any Christian may become overconfident. . ii. It is faith that not only hears the word of God but does it, as in Matthew 7:24-27. A similar translation ought therefore to be given to both. I believe that Paul would agree. a. Rahab the harlot: Significantly, James used two examples of a living faith – Abraham (the father of the Jews) and Rahab (a Gentile). However, when a bible teacher makes a mistake it affects others spiritually, and that's why it is so serious. The nature of the works alleged is such as to prove that James uses them only as evidences of faith, as contrasted with a mere verbal profession: not works of charity and piety, but works the value of which consisted solely in their being proofs of faith: they were faith expressed in act, synonymous with faith itself. *Faith that is in words alone is of no use at all. The demons believe in the sense that they acknowledge that God exists. by works was faith made perfect--not was vivified, but attained its fully consummated development, and is shown to be real. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. Christ--that is, the Christian faith. Her belief in the God of Israel would not have saved her if she had not done something with that faith. when he had offered--rather, "when he offered" [ALFORD], that is, brought as an offering at the altar; not implying that he actually offered him. (Galatians 3:24-26; Ephesians 2:8-9). a. Whether James individually designed it or not, the Holy Spirit by him combats not Paul, but those who abuse Paul's doctrine. James 2. Those who hold the faith of Christ should obey the command to love our neighbors as ourselves. James grounds Christian practice on Christian faith. goodly apparel . 1. brethren--The equality of all Christians as "brethren," forms the groundwork of the admonition. ALFORD and WAHL translate, "Did ye not doubt" (respecting your faith, which is inconsistent with the distinctions made by you between rich and poor)? being alone--ALFORD joins "is dead in itself." ye commit sin--literally, "ye work sin," Matthew 7:23 , to which the reference here is probably, as in James 1:22 . The germ really, from the first, contains in it the full-grown tree, but its perfection is not attained till it is matured fully. It is clear from the nature of Rahab's act, that it is not quoted to prove justification by works as such. BENGEL, making no ellipsis of "the Lord," explains "glory" as in apposition with Christ who is THE GLORY ( Luke 2:32 ); the true Shekinah glory of the temple ( Romans 9:4 ). be--The Greek implies, "be found, on your access to them.". 14. James /. 15. You can check these in your browser security settings. James will now use the Old Testament to demonstrate what he has already said about the character of a living faith, showing that a faith that is not accompanied with works is a dead faith that cannot save. . . The teaching of both alike is inspired, and is therefore to be received without wresting of words; but each has a different class to deal with; Paul, self-justiciaries; James, Antinomian advocates of a mere notional faith. b. The lesson from Rahab is also clear: if we believe in God, we will help His people, even when it costs us something. b. . iii. But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? James 2 Commentary, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. The “devils” are the “ demons ” or “unclean spirits” of the Gospels, thought of, not as in their prison-house of darkness (Jude James 2:6), but as “possessing” and tormenting men. He is One who gave the whole law; therefore, they who violate His will in one point, violate it all [BENGEL]. . warmed--with clothing, instead of being as heretofore "naked" ( 2:15 , Job 31:20 ). Her faith was shown to be living faith because it did something. Are ye not . As all believers, alike rich and poor, derive all their glory from their union with Him, "the Lord of glory," not from external advantages of worldly fortune, the sin in question is peculiarly inconsistent with His "faith." &c. as in James 2:6 [ALFORD]. In the two clauses which follow, emphasize "faith" in the former, and "works" in the latter, to see the sense [BENGEL]. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works: The appeal of James is clear and logical. If any part of a man be leprous, the whole man is judged to be a leper. The law is one seamless garment which is rent if you but rend a part; or a musical harmony which is spoiled if there be one discordant note [TIRINUS]; or a golden chain whose completeness is broken if you break one link [GATAKER]. One may say he has faith though he have not works. It is in the root, and underneath the bark of the tree in the trunk. The same God calls on Abraham to slay the subject of His own promise, when as yet there was no seed in whom those predictions could be realized. be . Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. What doth it profit--literally, "What is the profit?" thrust them forth" (in haste and fear) [ALFORD]. You do well. The converse of, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" ( Matthew 5:7 ). The same words in the mouth of Christ, whose faith they said they had, were accompanied by efficient deeds of love. God, in the first instance, "justifies the ungodly" through faith; subsequently the believer is justified before the world as righteous through faith manifested in words and works (compare Matthew 25:35-37 , "the righteous," Matthew 25:40 ). All rights reserved. had received . The Greek may be translated, "If, however, ye fulfil," &c. that is, as ALFORD, after ESTIUS, explains, "Still I do not say, hate the rich (for their oppressions) and drive them from your assemblies; if you choose to observe the royal law . . God requires perfect, not partial, obedience. So Paul states as the mean of salvation faith expressed. The introduction of this custom into Jewish Christian places of worship is here reprobated by James. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. English Version, if retained, must not be understood to mean that faith can exist "alone" (that is, severed from works), but thus: Even so presumed faith, if it have not works, is dead, being by itself "alone," that is, severed from works of charity; just as the body would be "dead" if alone, that is, severed from the spirit ( James 2:26 ). "(Ye rest in the law): If indeed (then) ye fulfil it, ye do well; but if," &c. royal--the law that is king of all laws, being the sum and essence of the ten commandments. promised--( Luke 12:32 , 1 Corinthians 2:9 , 2 Timothy 4:8 ). "Faith" is said to be "dead in itself," because when it has works it is alive, and it is discerned to be so, not in respect to its works, but in respect to itself. If an instance of obedience were wanting. The glory of Christ resting on the poor believer should make him be regarded as highly by "brethren" as his richer brother; nay, more so, if the poor believer has more of Christ's spirit than the rich brother. But this kind of faith does nothing for the demons, because it isn’t real faith, and that is proved by the fact that it doesn’t have works along with it. one of you--James brings home the case to his hearers individually. Literally, "was working (at the time) with his works." "Church," a people bound together by mutual ties and laws, though often it may happen that the members are not assembled [TRENCH and VITRINGA]. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) /. He therefore does not mean that faith in all cases answers to the body; but the FORM of faith without the working reality answers to the body without the animating spirit. 21-26, p. 56). can faith save him--rather, "can such a faith (literally, 'the faith') save him?" A. Partiality and discrimination in the family of God. . But his obedience in offering Isaac demonstrated that he really did trust God. Luke 12:21 , "rich toward God." The Greek is, "But if," &c.: the "But" taking up the argument against such a one as "said he had faith, and yet had not works," which are its fruits. So ESTIUS. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. 23. scripture was fulfilled-- Genesis 15:6 , quoted by Paul, as realized in Abraham's justification by faith; but by James, as realized subsequently in Abraham's work of offering Isaac, which, he says, justified him. c. You believe that there is one God. b. though a man say--James' expression is not, "If a man have faith," but "if a man say he hath faith"; referring to a mere profession of faith, such as was usually made at baptism. St. To dishonor the poor is to dishonor those whom God honors, and so to invert the order of God [CALVIN]. You can also change some of your preferences. The speaker has a footstool as well as a good seat. thou doest well--so far good. With respect of persons— That is, honour none merely for being rich; despise none merely for being poor. Yet he had offered Isaac his son in his firm resolution and intentions, and would have surely completed the act had not God stopped him. James takes up the topic of work in detail in the second part of chapter 2. 1. . a. "If there chance to have come" [ALFORD]. It seems hardly likely but that James had seen Paul's Epistles, considering that he uses the same phrases and examples (compare james 2:21 james 2:23 james 2:25 , with Romans 4:3 , Hebrews 11:17 Hebrews 11:31 ; and james 2:14 james 2:24 , with Romans 3:28 , Galatians 2:16 ). "He was the friend (in an active sense), the lover of God, in reference to his works; and (in a passive sense) loved by God in reference to his justification by works. James 3. Their faith only adds to their torment at the thought of having to meet Him who is to consign them to their just doom: so thine ( Hebrews 10:26 Hebrews 10:27 , it is not the faith of love, but of fear, that hath torment, 1 John 4:18 ). “Therefore, if no deeds are forthcoming, it is proof that the professed faith is dead. ye do well, but if (on the other hand) ye respect persons, ye practice sin." Amplified MY BRETHREN, pay no servile regard to people [show no prejudice, no partiality]. Abraham's offering of Isaac was not a mere act of obedience, but an act of faith. Salem Media Group. oppress--literally, "abuse their power against" you. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. She believed assuredly what her other countrymen disbelieved, and this in the face of every improbability that an unwarlike few would conquer well-armed numbers. ye do well--being "blessed in your deed" ("doing," Margin) as a doer, not a forgetful hearer of the law ( James 1:25 ). Depart in peace--as if all their wants were satisfied by the mere words addressed to them. another way--from that whereby they entered her house, namely, through the window of her house on the wall, and thence to the mountain. . well and good; but respect of persons is a breach of that law." The "synagogue" implies a mere assembly or congregation not necessarily united by any common tie. 25. is dead--Some of the best manuscripts read, "is idle," that is, unavailing to effect what you hope, namely, to save you. Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? i. 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