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OPPORTUNITY

March 7, 2016

Monday

 

James 2:18

 

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

 

 

LESSON

 

James next introduced an objection to his thesis that “faith is dead (inoperative) without works.” He put it in the mouth of a hypothetical objector. This literary device of objection and response was a common one that Paul also used. It is the “diatribe.”142 The form of the diatribe helps us identify that what follows, is the statement of the objector, and what follows that, is James’ response to the objector.

James makes it clear that salvation doesn’t come through good works but that true faith produces good works. Our sanctification is slow, but we continue to push ahead, day by day. We’ll always fall short of perfection, but that’s okay because righteousness and perfection have been given to us in Jesus Christ.

 

Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:16

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