Discipleship: James and Paul Essay

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We see throughout the letters that Paul wrote to the early churches that there have been issues that have led to disagreements. As time has moved on and the church canonized the bible these disagreements have been formed and fortified through hand picking scripture that best defends ones point of view. Often times regardless of the context of passage. One of the most common arguments stems from the Book of James and the idea that it somehow disagrees with idea of salvation through faith that is expressed through the letters of Paul.
The passage that would best sum up Paul’s feelings on the doctrine of salvation comes from Ephesians 2:8-9. In this very straight forward passage there is no other way to understand that salvation is only
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So how can there be a contrast between Ephesians 2:8-9 and what we read in James 2:17; in the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. How can these two seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum actually be pointing to the same conclusion?
The first thing that I noticed is that the word that is used in many translations in these passages is works, yet the NIV version had translated this word into “deeds”. According to the Strongest NIV Exhaustive Concordance the Greek word used in this passage is ERGON, the definition for this word is most often work, deed, activity, task, or job. The New Testament Greek word for works however was the same (Goodrick, 2240). So it appears that works and deeds would be interchangeable.
It is easy to see why Ephesians 2:8-9 is so well received by Christians. The idea of salvation through faith is simple, and doesn’t require a life change. However, once we add Ephesians 2:10 we see that this isn’t the case. James is stating the same idea as Paul did in Ephesians. There are two types of faith, saving faith, and acknowledging faith. One is adequate for salvation and one simply isn’t.
In the book, The Complete Book of Discipleship author Bill Hull explains this as a duel gospel. “The problem we face is that we have created and taught a faith that doesn’t transform people. We have made the test for salvation doctrinal rather than behavioral…” He goes on to

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