Faith and Works – James 2:14-26

The New International Greek Testament Commentary says, “A ‘faith’ which is purely doctrinal and does not result in pious action (i.e. charity) is a dead sham, totally useless for salvation. True faith reveals itself in pious deeds of love, as the examples of Abraham and Rahab show.”[1] This is one of the most intriguing passages…

The Trial of Faith – James 1:1-18

The book of James is written by the half-brother of Jesus to the Jewish believers that were scattered throughout the world. Basically, the book is written to all believers in all places. The content of the book is very practical. We find in it some very basic instructions for the Christian life. These are instructions…

Fruits of the Spirit: Faith

  We come now to one of the most precious of the fruits of the Spirit. The KJV lists faith as a fruit of the Spirit. The word faith in this instance has to do with a character quality more so than saving faith. It is used as an adjective to describe a person of…

Example of a Father

In John 13:15 we read, “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” The example that Jesus set for His disciples was one of servitude. I believe that Jesus was implying here that they should follow His example not just in one area but in all…

The Mystery of our Faith – 1 Peter 1:10-12

“Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was…

The Trial of our Faith – 1 Peter 1:5-9

“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:…

The Hope of our Faith – 1 Peter 1:3-5

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the…