Logic was used to explain that faith without works (words without action) is useless. Empty words do not show faith—faith is made known by the kinds of acts that a person performs. The writer pointed out that even the demons believe in the one God and tremble, but that is not sufficient to please Him. He cited two Old Testament characters, Abraham and Rahab as examples of some who showed their faith by their works of obedience.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
There are those who insist that there is a contradiction between the teachings of Paul and James regarding faith. Paul, in his letter to the Romans stated that “man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law”, but in that context, he was referring to deeds of the Law of Moses. James, however was writing about works of obedience to the gospel of Christ—different laws and different dispensations.