Hearers and Doers


Read James 2:14–26


In this passage, James expands on what it truly means to be hearers and doers of the word, what it means for us to ‘be real’ about our lives. The focus is on how ‘faith’ and ‘works’ relate to all he has said up to this point. James shows us that faith and works are ultimately two sides of the same coin.


Three times in this passage (verses 17, 20, 26) he repeats his thesis ‘faith without works is dead’. In this, James is clearly stating that ‘empty faith’ is not true faith, not saving faith, it is nothing more that mouthing words. James sets out to convey to us that our faith in God and trust in Jesus must work in tandem with our actions. Otherwise, our faith isn’t really faith at all.


Keep on keeping on…

Tony Anthony

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