Still, the apostle James says faith without actions is dead. Therefore, James implicitly says that faith is alive. But how is faith alive? We can answer this question by seeing how faith can be dead. Dead faith, James says, is faith without actions. Therefore, actions are necessary for faith to be alive. Now, we could focus on what such actions are. But for the moment, focusing on faith as action-producing is enough.
Therefore, simple actions that appear righteous do not please God. So, God wants something more. But how can we please God? On this question, Scripture states, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Here, God emphasizes that if we are to please him, we must have faith in him. But what does this faith mean? What is its relationship to our actions?