How do we know that Abraham and Rahab were counted righteous by only believing God? Their faith was validated by what they did and sacrificed. Whether we come from a background of prominence or disgrace, one thing is certain: true faith produces trusting and often costly obedience. Alistair Begg explains that once we have been justified by faith alone, it is only reasonable that we would consecrate our lives to the service of God and others.
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
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