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James 2:17-19

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 17 Even so faith, if it is not accompanied with works, is dead, by itself.

 18 But if a man says, "You have faith, and I have works;" then show me your faith without your works, and I will prove to you my faith by my works.

 19 You say you believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble.4 [realize, James was writing to Jewish believers of the Father, the Word (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit being one spirit, and without conflict to — Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one! Deu 6:4. So James is in effect saying, "you say you believe in Jesus, you do well, the demons do too, but they tremble at his name in fear — do you?" And the demons do believe, fear, tremble, and beg "the Son of the Most High God," as recorded in the Bible.]

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4 You say you believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble. James corrected the shortcut of believing in Jesus, being all that is necessary for salvation, writing to the Jewish Christians: "You say you believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe, and tremble," James 2:19; realize, James was writing to Jewish believers of the Father, the Word [Jesus], and the Holy Spirit being one spirit, and without conflict to — Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Deu 6:4. So James is in effect saying, "you say you believe in Jesus, you do well, the demons do too, but they tremble at his name in fear — do you?" From the Word of the Lord within: "Everybody who believes the son, shall be made perfect;" note the Lord did not say "believes in the son ;" he said "believes the son." There is a huge difference between believing in the facts of the Bible and believing what the son speaks to you from within you heart, which is the Biblical definition of faith. To hear him speak to you, you must walk in the steps of faith as Abraham did; you must wait on God, listen in silence, hear, believe him to be the Son speaking to you, believe what he tells you to be true, and then obey whatever he commands. Do this repetitively with persistent dedication, and he will eventually make you perfect, which is to be delivered from even the desire to sin, which is to receive salvation.

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