If you are a Christian, you’ve probably heard or read that portion of James that says “faith without works is dead.” Well consider this: before you can get to the faith part, you have to believe was God says. Heb. 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Just like faith without works is dead, belief without faith is dead. Another way to say it is that belief without faith doesn’t work. It’s useless. You can believe what God says all day long but, if you don’t so something with it, your belief is of no value. It doesn’t do anything for you. That’s the main point of today’s text. It is a very important point to Theophilus in Rome. It’s not enough for Theo to believe what Luke writes; he must act on it if he hopes to gain anything from it.