So BENGEL, "If the works which living faith produces have no existence, it is a proof that faith itself (literally, 'in respect to itself') has no existence; that is, that what one boasts of as faith, is dead." 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. The text raises as least four important questions that preachers might pursue further. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. . It is not living faith, nor can it save.” (Burdick). Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. iii. . "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. . As James states the basic instruction of this paragraph in 2:1, the imperative is, literally, "Do not have [or hold] the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ... View the entire commentary. James perhaps is subtly rebuking the partiality that may have developed on the part of Jewish Christians against the Gentile believers starting to come into the church. In this chapter the apostle condemns a sinful regarding of the rich, and despising the poor, which he imputes to partiality and injustice, and shows it to be an acting contrary to God, who has chosen the poor, and whose interest is often persecuted, and his name blasphemed, by the rich ( v. 1-7 ). If there is no evidence of a new life, then there was no genuine, saving faith. The fundamental article of the creed of Jews and Christians alike, and the point of faith on which especially the former boasted themselves, as distinguishing them from the Gentiles, and hence adduced by James here. . . James 2 – A Living Faith in the Life of the Church A. Partiality and discrimination in the family of God. filled--instead of being "destitute of food" ( Matthew 15:37 ). Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) /. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. James takes up the topic of work in detail in the second part of chapter 2. Depart in peace--as if all their wants were satisfied by the mere words addressed to them. 4. My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. On James 2:14-26: This paragraph is perhaps the most disputed and misunderstood passage in the New Testament; but the interpretation presented here flows out of deep convictions: (1) that here indeed we have the inspired word of God; (2) that this portion of the New Testament is as easily understood as any other; (3) that the simple answers are the true ones; (4) that there is not the slightest contradiction … goodly apparel . A. Partiality and discrimination in the family of God. The best authorities read, "But Abraham believed," &c. and he was called the Friend of God--He was not so called in his lifetime, though he was so even then from the time of his justification; but he was called so, being recognized as such by all on the ground of his works of faith. 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. Compare Matthew 18:32-35 , John 12:48 , Revelation 6:16 , "Wrath of the (merciful) Lamb.". To show faith to man, works in some form or other are needed: we are justified judicially by God ( Romans 8:33 ); meritoriously, by Christ ( Isaiah 53:11 ); mediately, by faith ( Romans 5:1 ); evidentially, by works. This leads some to suppose that James uses works to mean something different from work. "Is it not they that blaspheme?" ye--Christians, from whom better things might have been expected; there is no marvel that men of the world do so. Was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works: Rahab demonstrated her trust in the God of Israel by hiding the spies and seeking salvation from their God (Joshua 2:8-13). Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. 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. Hearken--James brings to trial the self-constituted "judges" ( James 2:4 ). 1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. adultery . "If there chance to have come" [ALFORD]. 3. have respect to him, &c.--though ye know not who he is, when perhaps he may be a heathen. 8. Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 7. how--rather, "that." It is faith that not only hears the word of God but does it, as in Matthew 7:24-27. 20. wilt thou know--"Vain" men are not willing to know, since they have no wish to "do" the will of God. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. thrust them forth" (in haste and fear) [ALFORD]. 25. 5. Thou self-deceiving claimant to faith without works. 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 . The law of liberty, through God's mercy, frees us from the curse of the law, that henceforth we should be free to love and obey willingly. B. James is a book of practicality written to Jewish Christians who had been 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. James grounds Christian practice on Christian faith. by works was faith made perfect--not was vivified, but attained its fully consummated development, and is shown to be real. See VITRINGA [Synagogue and Temple]. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. The Jewish Christians boasted of, and rested in, the "law" ( Acts 15:1 , 21:18-24 , Romans 2:17 , Galatians 2:12 ). Literally, "was working (at the time) with his works." be . The speaker has a footstool as well as a good seat. This verse continues the argument from james 2:14 james 2:16 . Thus "thou" becomes more demonstratively emphatic. "Church," a people bound together by mutual ties and laws, though often it may happen that the members are not assembled [TRENCH and VITRINGA]. Proud member 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 ). If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. The "him" also in the Greek is emphatic; the particular man who professes faith without having the works which evidence its vitality. The first of these concerns partiality. The people in the Jewish synagogue sat according to their rank, those of the same trade together. as transgressors--not merely of this or that particular command, but of the whole absolutely. Are ye not . . Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? c. You believe that there is one God. 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 ). In contrast to "the rich in this world" ( 1 Timothy 6:17 ). To break a part is to break the whole ( James 2:10 ). . Her faith was shown to be living faith because it did something. 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. Faith is unseen save by God. The "synagogue" implies a mere assembly or congregation not necessarily united by any common tie. 1. So Paul, Philippians 2:12 , "Work out your own salvation": the salvation was already in germ theirs in their free justification through faith. 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. The world's judgment of the poor contrasted with God's. c. Faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect: Faith and works cooperated perfectly together in Abraham. Rich heathen must here chiefly be meant; for none others would directly blaspheme the name of Christ. 21. We may request cookies to be set on your device. 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 ). The fallacy of faith without works is demonstrated by the demons, which have a “dead” faith in God. The sin of respect of persons: Dead, unworking faith saves no man. 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. James 2:1–13 continues the prior passage's focus on Christians living out what the Word of God says. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. James here, passing from the particular case of "mercy" or "love" violated by "respect of persons," notwithstanding profession of the "faith of our Lord Jesus" ( James 2:1 ), combats the Jewish tendency (transplanted into their Christianity) to substitute a lifeless, inoperative acquaintance with the letter of the law, for change of heart to practical holiness, as if justification could be thereby attained ( Romans 2:3 Romans 2:13 Romans 2:23 ). In Genesis 22:1 it is written, God did tempt Abraham, that is, put to the test of demonstration the reality of his faith, not for the satisfaction of God, who already knew it well, but to demonstrate it before men. James /. James 2:1-13 (James 2:1) My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? is dead--Some of the best manuscripts read, "is idle," that is, unavailing to effect what you hope, namely, to save you. the faith of . Both senses are united in John 15:14 John 15:15 " [BENGEL]. 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 ). 2. ( Jas 2:1) The principle established. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. *Faith that is in words alone is of no use at all. 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 . poor of this world--The best manuscripts read, "those poor in respect to the world." But true faith, living faith, shown to be true by good works, will alone justify. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. Once we are saved by grace through faith, we are no longer under the law and therefore we need not be in bondage to the law. I believe that Paul would agree. Amplified MY BRETHREN, pay no servile regard to people [show no prejudice, no partiality]. He "is no respecter of persons"; therefore to respect persons is at variance with Him and His royal law, which is at once a law of love and of liberty ( James 2:12 ). Abraham's offering of Isaac was not a mere act of obedience, but an act of faith. Real faith will be demonstrated by works. had sent--rather, "received . However, when a bible teacher makes a mistake it affects others spiritually, and that's why it is so serious. are become judges of evil thoughts--The Greek words for "judges" and for "partial," are akin in sound and meaning. StudyLıght .org . Respect of persons violates the command to love all alike "as thyself." 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. 20 th Book in the New Testament . promised--( Luke 12:32 , 1 Corinthians 2:9 , 2 Timothy 4:8 ). Those who hold the faith of Christ should obey the command to love our neighbors as ourselves. The law is there to show us our need for a Saviour so that we may be justified by faith. Home >> Bible Studies >> James Studies >> James 2:1-13 These small group studies of James contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. Do not [attempt to] hold andpractice the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ [the Lord] of glory [together with snobbery]! a. 15. Are ye not . The same words in the mouth of Christ, whose faith they said they had, were accompanied by efficient deeds of love. That work of faith demonstrated, but did not contribute to his justification. messengers--spies. James 2:1-26. . (2) The positive portrayal (James 1:25) 2. being alone--ALFORD joins "is dead in itself." James 2. 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." Her belief in the God of Israel would not have saved her if she had not done something with that faith. Just retribution:kind professions unaccompanied with corresponding acts, as they are of no "profit" to the needy object of them, so are of no profit to the professor himself. “Here is a proof that faith cannot exist without being active in works of righteousness. that worthy name--which is "good before the Lord's saints" ( Psalms 52:9 , 54:6 ); which ye pray may be "hallowed" ( Matthew 6:9 ), and "by which ye are called," literally, "which was invoked" or, "called upon by you" (compare Genesis 48:16 , Isaiah 4:1 , Margin; Acts 15:17 ), so that at your baptism "into the name" (so the Greek, Matthew 28:19 ) of Christ, ye became Christ's people ( 1 Corinthians 3:23 ). People may … Continue reading "Commentary on James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17" . Hence we might expect faith to answer to the spirit, works to the body. As Charles Spurgeon is reported to have said: “The grace that does not change my life will not save my soul.”. [1] James is describing any kind of work, from works of kindnes… 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…”. 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." To dishonor the poor is to dishonor those whom God honors, and so to invert the order of God [CALVIN]. another way--from that whereby they entered her house, namely, through the window of her house on the wall, and thence to the mountain. In reflecting on the first chapter of James last week, we noted that the author is concerned about an understanding of faith that is too small. Thus, either for "judges," &c. translate, "distinguishers of (that is, according to your) evil thoughts"; or, do ye not partially judge between men, and are become evilly-thinking judges ( Mark 7:21 )? . here--near the speaker. God requires perfect, not partial, obedience. be--The Greek implies, "be found, on your access to them.". "(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. The lesson from Rahab is also clear: if we believe in God, we will help His people, even when it costs us something. Salem Media Group. 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 . It needed to be worked out still to fully developed perfection in their life. Works must accompany a genuine faith, because genuine faith is always connected with regeneration – being born again, becoming a new creation in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). . We are not to choose out parts of the law to keep, which suit our whim, while we neglect others. The nature of acceptable obedience (James 1:26–27) a. 10. James. i. 9. 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. faith wrought with his works--for it was by faith he offered his son. James 2 Commentary, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. 2. 14-17); (2) genuine faith is not mere acceptance of a creed (vv. c. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also: As much as you can have a body with no life (a corpse), so you can have a faith with no life – and faith without works is a dead faith, unable to save. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. The general bearing of the words is plain enough, but there is a special meaning which is commonly passed over. The Integrity of Faith James 3. . 24. justified and, not by faith only--that is, by "faith without (separated from: severed from) works," its proper fruits Faith to justify must, from the first, include obedience in germ (to be developed subsequently), though the former alone is the ground of justification. You can check these in your browser security settings. i. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. vain--who deceivest thyself with a delusive hope, resting on an unreal faith. And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. Acceptable service with inner control (James 1:27) (from Hiebert - James Commentary) James 1:2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, (NASB: Lockman) the Lord of glory--So 1 Corinthians 2:8 . St. Plug in, Turn on and Be En light ened! We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. The tree shows its life by its fruits, but it was alive before either fruits or even leaves appeared. that there is one God--rather, "that God is one": God's existence, however, is also asserted. The same play on the same kindred words occurs in the Greek of Romans 14:10 Romans 14:23 , "judge . But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. James beseeches such a one to lay aside his perverse unwillingness to know what is palpable to all who are willing to do. International Bible Lesson Commentary . --the faith you pretend to: the empty name of boasted faith, contrasted with true fruit-producing faith. 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 ). Thou--emphatic. If an instance of obedience were wanting. a brother, &c.--a fellow Christian, to whom we are specially bound to give help, independent of our general obligation to help all our fellow creatures. speak--referring back to james 1:19 james 1:26 ; the fuller discussion of the topic is given James 3:5-12 . ALFORD and WAHL translate, "Did ye not doubt" (respecting your faith, which is inconsistent with the distinctions made by you between rich and poor)? 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. We all make mistakes, and to one degree, or another there are consequences for us, and others, because of those mistakes. In his Study Guide Commentary on James Curtis Vaughan sees these three summary statements as constituting the main outline: (1) genuine faith is not an empty claim (vv. ye commit sin--literally, "ye work sin," Matthew 7:23 , to which the reference here is probably, as in James 1:22 . The demons believe in the sense that they acknowledge that God exists. kill--selected as being the most glaring cases of violation of duty towards one's neighbor. James Greeting. Christ's poverty is the source of the believer's riches. This shows the error of comparing the Church to the temple, and the ministry to the priesthood; the temple is represented by the whole body of worshippers; the church building was formed on the model of the synagogue. The lesson from Abraham is clear: if we believe in God, we will do what He tells us to do. JAMES: “James 2” 1 “A Study of James 2” James 2:1-16 INTRODUCTION: A. 6. “He designedly put together two persons so different in their character, in order more clearly to shew, that no one, whatever may have been his or her condition, nation, or class in society, has ever been counted righteous without good works.” (Calvin, cited in Hiebert). James teaches us about such matters in James 2:1-13. 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]. 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. 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. Translate, "The judgment (which is coming on all of us) shall be without mercy to him who hath showed no mercy." 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. It does not follow that living faith derives its life from works, as the body derives its life from the animating spirit. Our joy through trials is a result of suffering for Christ's sake. In fact, 2:2 is the only New Testament use of the term synagogue for a Christian assembly, which has led some to question why James would have used the term here. Hold not the faith of our common Lord, the Lord of glory - Of which glory all who believe in him partake. under my footstool--not literally so; but on the ground, down by my footstool. THE SIN OF RESPECT OF PERSONS: DEAD, UNWORKING FAITH SAVES NO MAN. My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory… . 12. "Mercy" here corresponds to "love," James 2:8 . We can think of an apple tree; where is the life of the tree? 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. The 15 th of 21 Epistle Books. 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. 13. 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 ( … Abraham . 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. 14. before . You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. To this the "indeed" alludes. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. In the two clauses which follow, emphasize "faith" in the former, and "works" in the latter, to see the sense [BENGEL]. It is in the root, and underneath the bark of the tree in the trunk. of ii. (2) That of the R.V. One may say he has faith though he have not works. 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. “Therefore, if no deeds are forthcoming, it is proof that the professed faith is dead. despised--literally, "dishonored." Not of course all the poor; but the poor, as a class, furnish more believers than the rich as a class. English Version is simpler. judgment seats--instituting persecutions for religion, as well as oppressive lawsuits, against you. You do well. Of the persecution we must endure, Jesus says, "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!" "Believing and doing are blood relatives" [RUTHERFORD]. If he never had believed God, he could have never done the good work of obedience when asked to offer Isaac. New believers especially a. Rahab the harlot: Significantly, James used two examples of a living faith – Abraham (the father of the Jews) and Rahab (a Gentile). "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. 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. 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. . ye do well--being "blessed in your deed" ("doing," Margin) as a doer, not a forgetful hearer of the law ( James 1:25 ). Martin G. Collins Joy 19. unto him--not in the best manuscripts. The passage begins with a question about what faith actually is (James 2:1). 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. 18-20); and (3) genuine faith is faith that produces an obedient life (vv. The germ really, from the first, contains in it the full-grown tree, but its perfection is not attained till it is matured fully. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? judged by the law of liberty--( James 1:25 ); that is, the Gospel law of love, which is not a law of external constraint, but of internal, free, instinctive inclination. So Paul states as the mean of salvation faith expressed. there--at a distance from where the good seats are. . When discussing work, he invariably uses the plural works (Greek erga) rather than the singular work (Greek ergon). Do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? He is One who gave the whole law; therefore, they who violate His will in one point, violate it all [BENGEL]. 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." without works--The Greek, implies separate from the works [ALFORD] which ought to flow from it if it were real. For the Greek constantly means "doubt" in all the New Testament. Notice that James does not deny that it is faith. . I think the translation is, "If in very deed (or 'indeed on the one hand') ye fulfil the royal law . James 2:1-26 . . "Show" does not mean here to prove to me, but exhibit to me. ()Through the Holy Spirit, God gives us His gift of joy as part of the process of spiritual completion. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. ALFORD explains, "Received its realization, was entirely exemplified and filled up." thou doest well--so far good. . Isaac was the subject of the promises of God, that in him Abraham's seed should be called. The futility of activity without inner control (James 1:26) b. (Galatians 3:24-26; Ephesians 2:8-9). The "evil thoughts" are in the judges themselves; as in Luke 18:6 , the Greek, "judge of injustice," is translated, "unjust judge." Chapter 2. 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