Timeless truths about a harlot. Well, she was a harlot, a woman of the world. Rahab became a woman of faith and her faith in God changed her life. Without faith, she would have perished along with the rest of the residents of Jericho. How do we know she had faith? It was evident in her actions. She not only said she believed in the God of Israel, she demonstrated it by her behavior.
Today there seems to be a death in the connection between faith and behavior! When that happens, it is a clear indication that there was no real “living faith” in the first place. We cannot separate faith from actions any more than we can separate the spirit of a person from their body. If we do, there is death. A body without a spirit is dead. End of discussion. Faith without evidence is dead. End of discussion.
What kind of evidence? The kind that is seen by observation. It is very evident when someone is physically alive. They are moving, breathing, and hopefully engaging. There are clear earmarks of living faith – obedience, love, and Christlikeness.
“You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” James 2:24-26 NASB