A A A A A
Bible Book List
The IVP New Testament Commentary Series – James's Central Concern: Faith That Works (2:14-18)
Resources » The IVP New Testament Commentary Series » James » Faith and Deeds: The Theological Unity (2:14-26) » James's Central Concern: Faith That Works (2:14-18)
James's Central Concern: Faith That Works (2:14-18)

The works James requires are not done apart from faith but done in faith, not done instead of faith but done because of faith. Faith is the underlying stance of Christian life; deeds are the way of life; becoming mature and complete is the goal of Christian life. James cannot be charged with opposing deeds to faith, since he does not say, "I will show you deeds instead of faith." Rather, he contends for a showing of both faith and deeds: I will show you my faith by what I do. He does not object to faith; he objects only to faith not accompanied by action. Simply stated, he wants Christians to have faith that works.

James's logical argument in 2:14-18 can be outlined in four parts, so that conclusions can be drawn about his meaning.

Bible Gateway Recommends

Mark: IVP New Testament Commentary [IVPNTC]
Mark: IVP New Testament Commentary [IVPNTC]
Retail: $18.00
Our Price: $11.99Save: $6.01 (33%)
4.0 of 5.0 stars
Buy now
Ephesians: Tyndale New Testament Commentary  [TNTC]
Ephesians: Tyndale New Testament Commentary [TNTC]
Retail: $18.00
Our Price: $11.99Save: $6.01 (33%)Buy now
The Bible Speaks Today New Testament Commentary on CD-ROM
The Bible Speaks Today New Testament Commentary on CD-ROM
Retail: $115.00
Our Price: $65.99Save: $49.01 (43%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
Buy now
Luke: IVP New Testament Commentary [IVPNTC]
Luke: IVP New Testament Commentary [IVPNTC]
Retail: $20.00
Our Price: $13.99Save: $6.01 (30%)Buy now
Acts: IVP New Testament Commentary [IVPNTC]
Acts: IVP New Testament Commentary [IVPNTC]
Retail: $20.00
Our Price: $13.99Save: $6.01 (30%)Buy now