Not If, But When

  There is no doubt Abraham was justified by faith. But when was he justified by faith? James and Paul both refer to the same Old Testament passage when one teaches justification by faith and the other teaches justification by works of obedience. There is no conflict. Works of obedience made the faith of Abraham whole, complete, mature and perfect. Without his works his faith was dead and useless. He acted on his faith when he obeyed what he was told to do.

  Hebrews 11:7,8 says by faith he obeyed when he offered Isaac. His faith justified him when it led him to do what God commanded to be done. Faith plus works of obedience (neither one without the other) justified him.