FOTS #28 – JOSHUA CH.2  A GOOD-HEARTED HARLOT JUSTIFIED BY FAITH EVINCED BY WORKS

 

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Moving on to the conquest of the Promised Land, satanic hybrids in the form of giants are again encountered – King Og (the chap with enormous bed) is directly referred to by Rahab (v10 cf. Deut3:11), a woman described as a harlot, but also by the writer to the Hebrews as an example of “faith” (v31). She had welcomed the Israelite spies into her home recognising them to be servants of Yahweh, God of Heaven and earth (v11), and made a pact with them such that she and her family would be well treated once they had conquered her homeland. By this act of FAITH Rahab was justified. The apostle James declares her to have been justified by works (2:25),  by which it is indicated  her actions were an intrinsic component of her justification, works being the efflux of faith, the latter never being alone or merely a matter of “trust”. Paul, the writer to the Hebrews (and I for that matter) would opt to describe her as being justified by faith, i.e. by the QUALITY of utilising the light she had received concerning the Creator in a positive way (sometimes referred to in the OT as godly fear) as opposed to by perfectly fulfilling a law or acquiring a required standard which would be justification by works in a more substantive sense than the way James utilises the term. Once this distinction is grasped James and Paul are seen to be in perfect agreement and both accord with the teaching of their Master concerning the criteria for final judgement set out in Matthew25, where faith is not so much as mentioned, merely acts of compassion (regardless of their standard or consistency), being the efflux of the “faith” of those “sheep” who are “of God” so have retained the divine image. These principles are explained in more detail in chapter three of my e-book.