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James explicitly states that man is NOT justified by faith alone. As a Protestant I solved this problem by stating that St James was not referring to the initial justification of an individual but rather as the later public justification of a believer. Abraham was justified in Genesis 15 and then again in Genesis 22. St James, I thought, was referring to the public manifestation of Abraham’s justification in Genesis 22. The only problem is that St James quotes Genesis 15 in the context of what happens in Genesis 22. The events reveal a unified reality, and it is the unified reality of faith and works that St James is setting forth. St James is referring not only to Genesis 22, but Genesis 15 and Genesis 22 together. Belief and works are united in his justification before God, so much so that St James says that works “completed” Abraham’s faith. “Completed” implies that something was incomplete. (…)
St Paul speaks of the power and importance of faith, though he never speaks of “faith alone.” Luther added the word “alone” to his German “translation” of Galatians, but it’s not there in the Greek. St Paul’s railing against “works” is almost always against “works of the Law.” If you read Galatians or Romans you will be struck that he is almost always speaking in the context of “works of the Law.” This “works of the Law” are not good Christian deeds like loving your wife, helping old ladies cross the street, or attending church. “Works of the Law” are exactly what St Paul refers to: circumcision, new moons, kosher laws, etc. Galatians might as well be titled “A Treatise on Circumcision,” because the whole book deals with the subject of circumcision. St Paul’s target is the Judaizing party of the first century Church, not folks trying to live virtuous lives for Christ. This is why St Paul speaks of “faith working through love.” (Gal 5:6)
Ære vere Faderen og Sonen og Den Heilage Ande, som var, er og vera skal, éin sann Gud frå æve og til æve. Amen!