Main point summary
A man is justified by faith, but it is his works that demonstrate the authenticity of that faith.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith
o but does not have works?
Can that faith save him?
p If a brother or sister is poorly clothed
and lacking in daily food,
q and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,”
without giving them the things needed for the body,
what good 1 is that?
So also faith by itself,
if it does not have works,
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.”
Show me your faith r apart from your works,
and I will show you my faith s by my works.
t You believe that God is one;
you do well.
Even u the demons believe—and shudder!
Do you want to be shown, you foolish person,
that faith apart from works is useless?
v Was not Abraham our father justified by works
when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar?
You see that w faith was active along with his works,
and faith was completed x by his works;
and the Scripture was fulfilled that says,
y “Abraham believed God,
and it was counted to him as righteousness”—
and he was called a z friend of God.
You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
And in the same way was not also a Rahab the prostitute justified by works b when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
It must be noted here that faith produces works, not works that produce faith.