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Let him that glorieth glory in this,
that he understandeth and knoweth me,
that I am the LORD

Jeremiah 9:24

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Paul -vs- James

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 Do these two passages contradict? They probably would if they were speaking of the same thing. Paul is speaking of our eternal salvation, James is speaking of one incident in Abraham's life: "when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar." James is speak of an incident where God tested, tried, Abraham's faith.

Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Abraham was saved by his faith alone, but God tested that faith and by his works Abraham proved his faith.

James 2:22-23 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness:

Salvation is by grace through faith and not of works. There are no contradictions in the Bible; there are those that have not studied it diligently with a right heart toward God.

When it comes to our eternal salvation, it is by grace, not works. Grace and works are mutually exclusive, one cannot exist with the other. If I give you a free gift and there is a payment book attached, it is not a gift and it is not free. Salvation is the free gift of God.

Romans 11:6  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.