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JAMES 2:24

Victor M. Eskew


Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.


1.    See

A.   Strong (3708):  to stare at…that is,…to discern clearly

B.    Thayer:  to see with the mind, perceive

C.   Vine:  mental vision…gives prominence to the discerning mind


2.    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


3.    Justified

A.   Strong (1344):  to render just or innocent

B.    Thayer:  to render righteous…to declare, pronounce, one to be just, righteous, or

such as he ought to be

C.   Vine:  primarily, deem to be right…to declare to be righteous, to pronounce righteous


4.    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


5.    Only

A.   Strong (3440):  merely    :- alone…only

B.    Thayer:  only, alone

C.   Vine:  only, exclusively, alone (John 17:20)