The word for “faith” in the Bible means to believe that God is who he says He is and to trust and have confidence in Him. The two words are interchangeable. James, the brother and a disciple of Yeshua, says that belief without works is dead. He explains in his book that we demonstrate our belief by our works. What we believe prompts to act a certain way based on those beliefs. What is the connection between belief and works?
This video series will explain what it means to Believe in God.
- MTOI: Do You Believe, 3 parts
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith (belief) but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” James 2:14-26
(Videos are produced by Rabbi Steve Berkson of Messianic Torah Observant Israel (MTOI, mtoi.org). I am not affiliated with MTOI in any way. I have found his teachings to be true to the Bible and I desire to share what I have learned with others.)