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JAMES 2:18

Victor M. Eskew


Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:  shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.


1.    Man

A.   Strong (5100):  some or any person

B.    Thayer:  a certain, a certain one, some

C.   Vine:  some one, a certain one, is rendered “a man,” a certain man


2.    Faith

A.   Strong (4102):  persuasion…moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession

B.    Thayer:  conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and joined with it.

C.   Vine:  firm persuasion, a conviction based upon hearing; is used in the NT always of faith in God or Christ or things spiritual


3.    Works

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

B.    Thayer:  an act, deed, thing done:  the idea of working emphasized in opposition to that which is less than work

C.   Vine:  work…denotes every activity undertaken for Christ’s sake


4.    Shew

A.   Strong (1166):  to show literally or figuratively

B.    Thayer:  to show, expose to the eyes…to give evidence or proof of a thing

C.   Vine:  to show, exhibit…to show by way of proving