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Jam 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

It appears that James is saying that there are two kinds of faith, one that is alive an produces (results of) eternal life and the other produces death.

Hebrews chapter 11 is know as the hall of alive faith, that is it is full of pictures of faith, both what it is and what it looks like. Chapter 11 starts out with a definition of faith which includes all of the chapter, but might be reduced to verses 1 & 6.

Hbr 11:1 ¶ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hbr 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

For faith to be alive it seems to have three elements: knowledge, ascent and trust. It might be displayed in the thought that head knowledge, plus heart ascent, and feet action (steping out on faith) is an alive (saving) faith.

In othere words Hebrews 11:1 displays the head (knowledge) and heart (ascent) and Hebrews 11:6 (sseking) displays the feet (trust). Hebrews 12:1-2 states it this way:

Hbr 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Also Romans chapter six states that those who have received salvation are to "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Rom 6:3-4). Then Romans 6:6 states "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin", Where verse 6:11 states "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord", and the picture of an alive faith can end with verse 6:13 "Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God."

A person who has received salvation is pictured in ep 2:8-10 which states "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Saving faith results in (God's Workmanship) that results in an alive faith that produces new creatures in christ Jesus who produce good works.

Therefore we need to exaime ourselves to see if we are of the faith.2Cr 13:5 states "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"

The actions of Abraham (James 2;21) and Rahab (James 2:25) proved themselves to be of the faith and so did all the ones mention in chapter 11 of hebrews.

Hbr 11:7 "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith" works together with "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD." (Gen 6:8) This relationship of by grace through faith unto good works is completed with verse Gen 6:9 which states Noah was a just man [and] perfect in his generations, [and] Noah walked with God and verse Gen 6:22 states"Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he."

Saving faith results in a person being like Abrahan when called he obeyed! (Heb 11:8) Faith is believing something that God promises will happen, not because we will it to happen or can make it happen, but because God has pledged it will happen.

There are many articles and sermons on the topics of a "Dead faith" as well as a "Saving Faith" available on the Internet. This an important subject and is important for every Christian to undersatnd this doctrine, expecially those who teach and preach.