James 2:20-23 King James Version (KJV) 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. James 2:20-23 The Voice (VOICE) 20 The fact is, faith has to show itself through works performed in faith. If you don’t recognize that, then you’re an empty soul. 21 Wasn’t our father Abraham made right with God by laying his son Isaac on the altar? 22 The faith in his heart was made known in his behavior. In fact, his commitment was perfected by his obedience. 23 That’s what Scripture means when it says, “Abraham entrusted himself to God, and God credited him with righteousness. ”And living a faithful life earned Abraham the title of “God’s friend.” The Voice (VOICE) The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved. These are my thoughts, please share yours. 20 If our faith does nothing then it isn’t good God might as well taken us straight to heaven if we don’t do nothing good by Him because we are going to sin by the flesh and without serving God and striving to be like Christ then we would just be a hindrance to people coming to faith, we will sin but letting Jesus carry us to do good and seeking God and growing in Him shows the world that they mess up but thru Jesus they have something better even though they cant be perfect. 21 Abraham was a man of faith but his faith moved by works. Abraham gave up Isaac on an altar God didn’t say to him I see your faith you don’t have to do anything but He asked him to test his faith and our works show our faith and God will allow us to be tested so that our faith can grow. 22 Abraham was not perfect but made perfect his faith in the Word and we are made perfect by the Word because He died on a cross for us. We are made perfect by Christ for us to do good works our good works are His light shown thru us. 23 Abraham’s faith was shown thru his actions; it showed his love for Him and drew him closer to God. We are drawn closer to God by Him working thru us by our faith.