What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? can faith save him?…
I. THE NECESSITY OF ITS POSSESSION.
1. It is Divinely required.
2. It is the only way of salvation.
3. It is an essential property of religion.
II. THE EXCELLENCE OF ITS CHARACTER.
1. It is Divine in its author.
2. It is vigorous in its operations.
3. It is consoling in its prospects.
III. THE EFFICACY OF ITS PRINCIPLE. When faith is genuine, it always promotes —
1. Works of purity and holiness.
2. Works of conquest and triumph.
3. Works of love and benevolence.
4. Works of zeal and perseverance.Lessons:
1. The necessary union between faith and works.
2. The duty and importance of self-examination.
3. The peace and felicity of holding fast faith and a good conscience.
Parallel VersesKJV: What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?