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JAMES 2:17

Victor M. Eskew


Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.


1.    Faith

A.   Strong (4102):  persuasion, that is, credence, moral conviction, reliance upon Christ, constancy in such profession

B.    Thayer:  conviction of the truth of anything, belief…belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence)

C.   Vine:  firm persuasion, a conviction based upon hearing…used in the N.T. always of faith in God or Christ, or things spiritual


2.    Works

A.   Strong (2041):  to work; toil (as an effort or occupation) by implication or act

B.    Thayer:  an act, deed, thing done

C.   Vine:  work, employment, task…denotes every activity undertaken for Christ’s sake…in James, as the effect of faith


3.    Dead

A.   Strong (3498):  dead

B.    Thayer:  one that has breathed his last…destitute of force or power, inactive, inoperative

C.   Vine:  dead, inactive and barren