Why the Demons Tremble (Mon. Jan. 16)

The word of the day is “demons.”  In today’s reading of James 2:14-26, the apostle explores the question of faith and works.  For James, “works” are necessary to faith for its “perfection” (vs. 22) that is, its “expression” (vs. 14-16), “fruitfulness” (vs. 16), and “completion” (vs.22 Strong’s #5048). As the apostle argues his point, he makes a startling statement: “You believe that there is one God.  You do well.  Even the demons believe—and tremble” (OSB vs. 2:19).  The devil and his accomplices, the demons, are not atheists. Nor are they skeptics.  In the Gospels, we find that the demons confess who Jesus is.  They say that they know that He is the “Holy One of God” (Mark 1:24).  Again, the man possessed of a demon shouted, “What…