Justified by Works?
We are justified by our works! That’s right. Despite what many in the religious world might profess, the Bible clearly states that men are justified, “by their works.” This has even led some to question the authenticity of the book of James. However, the overarching message of the New Testament supports this idea. The difficulty often lies in the misunderstanding between works of “merit” and works of “faith” or “righteousness.”
No one who knows the Scripture will ever say that one merits or earns salvation by their works. But likewise no sound teacher would say that works of faith are non-essential. James says one must:
Be “swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” – Works of faith.
“Lay aside all filthiness and overflowing of naughtiness.” – A work of faith.
Receive the word. – A work of faith.
“Be doers of the word.” – Works of faith.
Continue in works of faith.
Care for the needy. – Works of faith.
Keep yourself unspotted. – Works of faith.
Faith without works is dead and cannot save. Show me your faith without works. I’ll show you my faith by my works. How does your faith shine by what you are doing? Remember, the goal is to hear the Lord say, “Well DONE!” Be obedient, and be faithful.