Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.James 2:17
It was the works of offering God the best of the best of his fattest lamb, and by having carried out such works by faith that Abel’s offering to God was pleasing to God. Thus, it was faith by works that pleases God. Hebrews 11:4
It was Enoch’s continuous work and walk with God for 300 years, that in such faith by works, it pleases God and he did not taste death. Thus it was faith by works that Enoch did not die. Hebrews 11:5
It was by his works of warning others of things not yet seen, proceeding with his works in full fear of God, therefore preparing and the ark was built. Thus it was faith by works, that Noah and his family was saved while the rest of the world was condemned. Hebrews 11:7
It was by faith that Abraham obeyed God and he was witnessed by his works of surrendering his son Isaac as the burnt offering despite in all decency, what he did by offering his son to be killed would have been touted as insane by the standards of any man. Thus it was faith by works of not questioning God’s authority that Abraham pleased God. Hebrews 11:17-19
Attributes & Power Of Faith By Works
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:6
Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40
… knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. James 1:3
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. 1 John 5:4
And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. Matthew 21:22
But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11
Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. Mark 10:52
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:26-27
Faith Without Works Is Dead
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe — and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.
You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Truth about faith & of those who loved God
Therefore the truth about faith that the Bible is telling us is this; men who practice faith without works, are by themselves also dead in the Spirit (James 2:17). Just as in without faith it is impossible to please God, likewise faith without works is worthless and void of Life. We can’t please God with anything that is lifeless.
And the same principles apply; if we quote Romans 8:28, highlighting that all things work together for the good to those who love God, likewise we must also highlight the statement from Christ Himself that if we claim we love God, we have to keep His commandments John 14:15. That this be done and whatever that comes from us shall not in any way befuddle the truth of what is written in the Bible.