3A. First, what kind of works is James telling us must accompany a living and savingfaith? Not surprisingly, he says works of love.1. First the kind of love that reaches out to a neighbor –a. That does something to meet his or her needs.b. James writes, “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of dailyfood, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’and yet you do not give them what is necessary for
body, what use isthat? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead,
by itself” (vv. 15-17).c. It’s a love that goes beyond just well wishing –(i) That’s more than just feeling sympathy for someone(ii) Because of their particular plight.(iii) It’s a love that actually moves us
what Jesus commands,(iv) “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39).2. He’s talking second about a love that is willing to make the greatest sacrificesfor God.a. The Lord told Abraham to take his only son Isaac and offer him as a burntoffering.(i) This was the son God promised to give to Abraham,(ii) The one he had waited for his whole life(iii) The one through whom God would fulfill His promises.b. God put His finger on that son(i) And told Abraham to let him go.(ii) Abraham didn’t even ask why: He just did it.(iii) He was willing to do it because he loved God –(a) More than anyone or anything else,(b) That moved him to do whatever God asked.(iv) He was willing to do this because he trusted God.(a) He knew God wouldn’t ask for anything(b) That wouldn’t ultimately work together for his good.(c) He also knew(1) God had said through Isaac(2) His children would be named,(3) And so if he sacrificed him,(4) God would raise him up again,(5)
Even from the ashes!
(v) Abraham’s submission showed he had a true and living faith –(a) The kind of faith that justifies.(b) James writes, “Was not Abraham our father justified by works whenhe offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith wasworking with his works, and as a result of the works, faith wasperfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘ANDABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM