If “faith” without works is dead (Jas 2:17, 26), did the “thief” on the cross have true faith if he had little time for works? I argue that — perhaps in response to the gracious intercession of Christ — the criminal has a change of heart and responds with a request — an appeal of (true) faith. Thus, Jesus responds accordingly
“Faith” that does not produce works — acts of godly obedience and mercy — is not true faith at all. There is a difference between believing *that* Jesus is Lord and believing *in* Jesus as Lord
The only kind of faith that works, is faith that works. “Faith” that does not produce godly works of mercy and obedience is dead. True, saving faith is active faith. Faith: it’s what we do.