Custom Search

Copyright © 2008 J. Neely. All rights reserved.


To receive notice of each days Bible Study,
please go to my Twitter and Facebook pages and sign up.

Twitter -
Facebook -

Daily Bible Study
You can help people worldwide. Please make a small donation.
Make a difference in someone elses life.
Daily Bible Study
Mailing List

Receive Daily Bible Studies directly into your email inbox.

You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.

James 2:23-24



23 And [kai] the scripture [graphe] was fulfilled [pleroo] which saith [lego], [de] Abraham [Abraam] believed [pisteuo] God [theos], and [kai] it was imputed [logizomai] unto him [autos] for [eis] righteousness [dikaiosune]: and [kai] he was called [kaleo] the Friend [philos] of God [theos].

24 Ye see [horao] then [toinun] how that [hoti] by [ek] works [ergon] a man [anthropos] is justified [dikaioo], and [kai] not [ou] by [ek] faith [pistis] only [monon]. KJV-Interlinear



23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, 'And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,' and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone. NASB



Two other passages need to be brought into the picture here. Plus you need to understand the timeline of these events.


Gen. 15:6

6 Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. NASB


Rom. 4:2-3

2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about; but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? 'And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.' NASB


Abraham was complaining about not having an heir. He wanted a son. God promised him a son and also descendants that would number like the stars.It was at this time, that Abram believed in the Lord, and his belief caused God to credit to him, Gods righteousness.This is the imputation of righteousness to every believer at the time when they believe in Christ.


It was not until twenty years later that Abraham, now his name had already been changed, was told to offer his son as an offering.


Abram had believed in God long before this event. The offering of his son was not the moment of his salvation, but a confirmation, the completion, the consummation, the working together of both faith and the application of doctrine (works), in his life, that has achieved, or is evidence of, his spiritual maturity.


James is drawing his illustration from two events that were separated by a couple of decades in Abraham's life.


And this was to demonstrate a point. You may have believed in Christ in your life, but that does not make you spiritually mature. Maturity comes with application of what you know (spiritual activities), to your daily life.And more important, while you are in fellowship.Don't forget the double minded lesson we had in chapter one.


Belief in Christ, is the work of salvation, even though faith is a non-meritorious act of a simple thought on your part. But it is what God demands for salvation.You get no credit of human works, for what you think.


But instead, God credits to your account, His righteousness, which is His sinless perfection. That is Gods stamp on your salvation. When you are initially saved, you are automatically in fellowship. At least for a few minutes probably.


But once you have been saved, your life continues on for perhaps decades.None of us were taken to haven the moment we believed in Christ. That is the beginning of your spiritual life.


Your combination of confession (restoration to fellowship as needed), your study, learning, and application of doctrine to your life creates the environment of your spiritual growth. As you grow up, you become responsible not only for those things which God expects, but with everything in your life. We have called this the circle of wisdom, in prior studies.


Abraham grew up during those twenty years, had a son, watched him grow up, and then the test of maturity came. This is often times the tough test of your life.


And don't worry. God is not going to ask you to commit a crime in order to prove your obedience.If you do, then you are an idiot, and you have not learned a thing.


Don't play games with God, or with people.

prayer wall
Now is the time to post a prayer.

End Of Lesson

Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.

If you enjoy these Bible Studies, please consider making a Donation

Daily Bible Study
Mailing List

Receive Daily Bible Studies directly into your inbox.