“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” (James 2:25)?
Genuine faith intuitively and actively seeks to manifest itself in a believers life. Interestingly, in her effort to protect the two Hebrew spies from the pursuing king of Jericho, Rahab’s first works of faith were based upon lies and deception (Joshua 2:4-5). While scripture never condones lying, what’s commendable is the faith that gave birth to action. It’s a classic example of the ethic that the end never justifies the means, and that faith must be guided; instructed; discipled. Faith is always a work in progress.