James 2:24 – Justified By Works?

Romans 5:1
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

James 2:24
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

-Justified by faith.  Justified by works.  These two ideas seem on some level to be at odds one with another.  How do we reconcile them?  Consider Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  We are the products of the Lord’s work in salvation; redeemed not to sit idle, but to “walk in the good works”.  They that walk not in the works show no evidence that they are in fact “His workmanship.”  Faith is the presence and power of salvation, but works is the proof and the profit of salvation.  “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” (James 2:17-18)

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