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 False Faith
  Chapter 6
James 2:14-26
• Faith is the key in Christian life.
   –   Sinner is saved by faith (Eph 2:8-9)‫‏‬
   –   Believers must walk by faith (2 Cor 5:7)‫‏‬
   –   Faith pleases God (Heb 11:6)‫‏‬
   –   Apart from faith is sin (Rom 14:23)‫‏‬
• Faith is obeying in spite of consequence, not believing
  in spite of evidence
• Faith is a confidence that God’s Word is true and
  conviction that obeying the Word will bring His
  blessing
• Relationship between faith and works
• Three kinds of faith
   – Dead faith (James 2: 14-17)‫‏‬
        • Believers have responsibility to help those in basic needs
• Gal 6:10 -As we have therefore opportunity, let us do
  good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the
  household of faith.
• Matt 25: 40 - And the King shall answer and say unto
  them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it
  unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done
  it unto me.
• Gal 5:6 - For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth
  any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by
  love.
• Luke 10: 25-37 Good Samaritan and dead faith
• James 2:14 - What doth it profit, my brethren, though a
  man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save
  him?
    – Dead faith doesn’t show changed life and good works
• James 2:17 - Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead,
  being alone.
          – Alone means by it itself
          – The saving faith brings life and life produces good
            works
          – Dead faith relies on intellect (mind) and is not saving
            faith: a counterfeit faith
• Demonic faith (2: 18-19)‫‏‬
   – Devils also believe the existence and deity of God
      • Sonship: Mark 3:11-12
      • Existence of hell: Luke 8: 31
      • Jesus as judge: Mark 5: 1-13
   – Faith is based on intellect and emotion (heart)‫‏‬
   – James 2:19 - Thou believest that there is one God; thou
     doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
   – Being a Christian involve trusting Christ and living for Christ
     (Ephesians 2:8-10)‫‏‬
   – Receive and reveal life
      • Dead in Greek means barren or idle
• Dynamic faith (2: 18-19)‫‏‬
   – Real saving faith that is based on the Word of God (Rom
     10:7)‫‏‬
   – This involver the whole man: intelligent (mind), emotion
     (heart), and will.
   – The mind understands the truth
   – The heart desires the truth
   – The will act upon the truth
   – Dynamic faith leads to action and obedience on the part of
     the will
      • Reveals good work
      Examples:
      Abraham, a Jew – God called to move to make out of him a great
        nation: Israel where Jesus was born.
      Genesis 15 – God showed stars and said and make a promise to him.
        He believed (15-16)‫‏‬
– Counted – a legal or financial term meaning “to put to one’s account”
– Justification is an act of God which is once-for-all event, not
  process (sanctification)‫‏‬
– Justify by faith: justified before God and righteous
– Justify by work: justified before men as in demonstrated
How? Isaac on the altar

James 1:16 - Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Titus 3:8 - This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that
  thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God
  might be careful to maintain good works. These things are
  good and profitable unto men.
Rahab: a Gentile who responded mentally, emotionally and
  willfully.
  Will – protected the Jewish spies and shared the good news
  of deliverance with her family members
  Harlot – host in Joshua 2
             immoral person in James 2
• II Corinthians 13:5a
  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the
  faith; prove your own selves.

1. Was there a time when I honestly realized I
   was a sinner and admitted this to myself and
   to God?
2. Was there a time when my heart stirred me
   to flee from the wrath to come? Have I ever
   seriously been exercised over my sin?
1. Do I truly understand the Gospel, that
   Christ died for my sins and rose again? Do I
   understand and confess that I cannot save
   myself?
2. Did I sincerely repent of my sins and turn
   from them? Or do I secretly love sin and
   want to enjoy it? Or do I hate sin and fear
   God?
5. Have I trusted Christ and Christ alone for
   my salvation? Do I enjoy a living
   relationship with Him through the Word and
   in the Spirit?
1. Has there been a change in my life? Do I
   maintain good works, or are my works
   occasional and weak? Do I seek to grow in
   the things of the Lord? Can others tell that
   I have been with Jesus?
2. Do I have desire to share Christ with
   others? Or am I ashamed of Him?
3. Do I enjoy the fellowship of God’s people?
   Is worship a delight to me?
4. Am I ready for the Lord’s return? Or will I
   be ashamed when He comes for me?
Psalm 139:23-24
23  Search me, O God, and know my heart: try
    me, and know my thoughts:
24  And see if there be any wicked way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

				
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