Justified By Works

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Justified By Works

David McPherson

In James 2:24, we learn that "...a man is justified by works, and not by faith only." But what kind of works justifies a man?

1. Works of The Law of Moses? No. Paul wrote "...that a man is not justified by the works of the law..." (Gal 2:16). To be justified by the old law would require perfectly keeping it. This, no man has done (see Rom. 3:10, 23).

2. Works of The Flesh? No. No man can claim justification on the grounds of adultery, fornication, idolatry, murder, drunkenness, etc. (Gal. 5:19-21). As a matter of fact, the Bible says, "...that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."

3. Unauthorized Religious Works? No. Some people do many things in the name of religion for which they have no divine authority. Softball teams, Fall Festivals, Casino Nights - these have no business in the church. Such are works of iniquity (see Mt. 7:21-23).

4. Works of Obedience? Yes. This is exactly the point of James 2:14-24. Similarly Hebrews 11 tells of those who engaged in works of obedience. By faith Able offered...., Noah prepared..., Abraham went... Obedience is the key! Work at it!

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