Friday, April 22, 2016
Point 9.

The correct interpretation of when mankind is justified by works.

ROM 2:13 seems to say, if I fulfill the Law I will be justified.

Now, Rom 3;20 seems to say I cannot be justified by the works of the Law.

Now, in ROM 3:24, I am justified by grace and therefore not works.

Then the apostle Paul states in GAL 2:16  nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.

Paul goes on to say GAL 3:11  Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, ” The righteous man shall live by faith. ”

So, all these passages claim justification without works.

Here we have justification not by faith but, as it were, justification by works.
It’s important to note that the book of James had already been written and was around for at least seventeen or eighteen years before Paul wrote the book of Romans.

1. There’s no mention of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
2. The unique predesigned plan of God.
3. The principle of equal privilege and equal opportunity.
4. The portfolio of invisible assets.
5. The unique royal commissions of the royal priesthood and the royal ambassadorship.
6. The indwelling of each member of the Trinity in the body of every Church Age believer,
7. The 100% availability of divine power (the omnipotence of the Father, Son, and Spirit),
8. The dispensation of invisible heroes having personal, national, international, and angelic impact.
9. The age of No Prophecy.
10. The unique dispensation of the doctrines concerning the mystery.

But James made a fantastic statement of doctrine by differentiating faith for salvation from the faith-rest drill as a spiritual life skill.

And this is a very important principle, James did not interpret Paul, Paul interpreted James.

Is this passage teaching that God accepts human good and man is justified by his human good?
a. This Epistle was basically written to the early Jews in Jerusalem, as well as to those Jews who had been scattered throughout the Roman Empire.
b.  At the time of the writing of this epistle, the Jews who lived in Jerusalem were under tremendous persecution.
c. Jerusalem was so filled with religion and legalism that the born again Jews in the city had been persecuted and contaminated by it.

So added to their divine discipline for rejecting the word of God, many of them were also under persecution from other Jews as well.
And so, as a result of mixing legalism with Christianity they were in great danger.

So, this epistle was designed to get people into Bible doctrine and the application of that doctrine to their experience.
d. So this Epistle was a warning to the Jew not to go back to the Old Testament principle of ritual with the New Testament principles of reality and doctrine.

By the way, that should tell you something about the word save in verse 14 and what it refers to because sozo doesn’t always mean salvation, or to be saved, many times it means deliverance.

This verse is looking at the spiritual life from the viewpoint of the unbeliever, basically, in context, the unbelieving Jew.

Many of these Jews were in need and many of the Christian Jews were ignoring their responsibility to be ambassadors for Christ and to help out those in need.

The unbeliever cannot discern spiritual things as 1CO 2:14 teaches.

God saw it at the moment of salvation because that faith was an exhale and the object was TLJC and at that point the individual became born-again or saved.

In other words, in most cases the production of faith is what the unbeliever can see.

James is actually saying what is the advantage, benefit or profit to a believer if he does not have something to show the unbeliever.

That’s why HEB 11:13 says  All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

And this is a very important principle, James did not interpret Paul, Paul interpreted James.

Now, one of the key words in this passage is the word says, which is the pres-act-subj of lego which means that he keeps on alleging something, he keeps on maintaining something.

Has is the pres-act-inf of echo which means to have and to hold, he keeps on alleging that he is a believer and that he keeps on having and holding faith.

We have the noun pistin which does not mean doctrine, it is minus the definite article and here it refers to faith or the faith-rest life.

The faith-rest life was considered to be the spiritual life for the Old Testament believers.

Works is the noun ergons which can refer to human good, deeds, divine production, here it refers to anything that is based upon Bible doctrine producing divine good not human good.

In this passage, ergon refers to the production of doctrine, or doctrine being launched either inwardly or overtly.

In REV 20:12-13; this word is translated deeds and refers to human good, which will not be accepted by God at the Great White Throne Judgment.

Can is the pres-act-ind of dunamai which means to be able.

The pres-act-ind of dunamai means is that faith of the believer able to deliver  the individual who has a need.

Can faith same him refers to the faith-rest exhale or applying doctrine to a situation.

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