“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue” (2 Peter 2:5a). Saint Peter admonishes them to give evidence of their faith with good works. Since such a great blessing has been given to you through faith that you truly have everything that is God’s, he wants to say, add to this, be diligent, do not be lazy, supplement your faith with virtue; that is, let your faith break forth before the people, in order that it may be helpful, busy, powerful, and active, and may do many works and not remain sluggish and sterile …
An excerpt from a sermon on James 2:19 by Jonathan Edwards. The sermon, entitled “True Grace Distinguished From the Experience Of Devils,” is dated September 28, 1752. It was first preached before the Synod of New York, convened at Newark, New Jersey.