This is perhaps the most important question in all Christian theology. This question is the cause of the Reformation, the split between the Protestant Church and the Catholic Church. This question is a question of difference between biblical Christianity and those who emphasize most “Christian” traditions. Is salvation by faith alone, or by faith and works? Am I saved by faith in Christ, or do I have to believe in Jesus and do certain things?
By faith alone or faith and works the question is made difficult by biblical passages that make it difficult to identify something. Compare Romans 3:28, 5:1 and Galatians 3:24 with James 2:24. Some find a difference between Paul (salvation is by faith alone) and James (salvation is by faith and works). Paul basically says that justification is by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), while James says that justification is by faith and works. This apparent problem can be examined by looking at what Jacob is actually saying. James denies that a person can gain faith without doing any good works (James 2:17-18). James emphasizes that true faith in Christ produces a changed life and good works (James 2: 20-26). James is not saying that justification is by faith and works, but rather that a person who is truly justified by faith will have good works in his life. If a person claims to be a believer, but has no good works in his life, then he is probably not a true believer in Christ (James 2:14, 17, 20, 26).Paul says the same thing in his writings. Galatians 5:22-26 lists the good fruits that believers should have in their lives. Immediately after we are told that we are saved by faith, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9), Paul informs us that we are created to do good works (Ephesians 2:10). For a changed life as much as James expects Paul: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). James and Paul do not disagree in their teaching about salvation. They agree on the same idea from a different point of view. Paul emphasizes that justification is by faith alone, while James emphasizes the fact that faith in Christ produces good works.
Attributes represent qualities, characteristics, or properties that contribute to the way we see or know or someone. Our Triune God is Father, Son, and Holy