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Justification: Paul vs. James

Job 25:4  How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
How did the Holy Spirit answer through Paul? 
Romans 3:28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
How did the Holy Spirit answer through James?
James 2:24  Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
That is two different answers to the same question. Martin Luther acknowledged the difference between Paul and James, but he didn’t understand the difference. In frustration and confusion he referred to James as “an epistle of straw” and wanted to light his stove with it. He wrote, “Many sweat to reconcile St. Paul and St. James, but in vain. “Faith justifies” and “faith does not justify” contradict each other flatly. If anyone can harmonize them I will give him my Doctor’s Hood and let him call me a fool.”

The answer, of course, is to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). There are some clear distinctions between th…


Twelve important scriptural points concerning signs:

1) Signs are manifestations (such as miracles and wonders, Acts 2:22; Heb. 2:4) that are given to confirm what God has said (Mk. 16:20).

2) Satan can counterfeit signs (2 Thess. 2:9; Deut. 13:1-5), therefore the word of God is far more important than signs (2 Pet. 1:16-21).

3) God uses signs in His dealings with Israel (Ps. 74:9; Jn. 4:48; 1 Cor. 1:22); the nation of Israel began with signs (Ex. 4:1-9, 17).

4) Christ worked signs in fulfillment of prophecy and in accordance with His message (Matt. 11:1-6), not merely to prove He was the Son of God.

5) The signs pointed to the promised kingdom that was at hand; the gospel of the kingdom is accompanied by signs of the kingdom (Matt. 4:17, 23-24; Lk. 8:1).

6) Signs continued in the Acts period even after Israel fell because God was using Paul’s ministry to get a remnant out of Israel (Rom. 11:5) as they were being diminished throughout the transition period. Paul had the sig…