Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
Right actions are the natural by-products of true faith. A genuine Christian will have a changed life.
Paul's teaching that we receive salvation by faith alone emphasises the purpose of faith to bring salvation and James emphasises the results of faith - a changed life. Peter speaks of genuine faith in Christ Jesus.
Read also 1 Peter 1:6-9, the genuineness of faith.
My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonoured the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?
The rich find it difficult to identify with Jesus who came as a humble servant.
Are you impressed by status, wealth or fame? Are you partial to the “haves” or the
This attitude is sinful.
God views all people as equal, and if He favours anyone, it is the poor and the powerless. We should follow His example.
By honouring a person because of their appearance, we are making appearance more important than character.
If we say that Jesus is our Lord, then we must live as He requires; showing no favouritism and loving all people, regardless of whether they are rich or poor.
You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
We will have untold riches in eternity if we are faithful in our present life. Jesus doesn’t promise us earthly rewards or riches, in fact, Jesus calls us to be ready to suffer for Him and give up everything in order to hold on to eternal life.
(Read Matthew 6:19-21. 19:28-30. Luke 12:14-34 Romans 8:15-21. 1 Timothy 6:17-19)
Poor people are usually more aware of their powerlessness than rich people. Thus it is often easier for them to acknowledge their need for salvation.
One of the greatest barriers to salvation for the rich is pride. For the poor, bitterness can often bar the way to acceptance and salvation.
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
The royal law from John 15:12, Jesus said: 'This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.'
We must treat all people as we would want to be treated.
So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
God`s grace does not cancel our duty to obey Him, it gives our obedience a new basis.
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
While it`s true that our good deeds can never earn salvation, genuine faith always results in a changed life and good deeds. Praise God!
(Resource: Application Study Bible)