“Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?”
King James Version (KJV)
2:22 Thou seest that faith - For by faith Abraham offered him, #Heb 11:17|. Wrought together with his works - Therefore faith has one energy and operation; works, another: and the energy and operation of faith are before works, and together with them. Works do not give life to faith, but faith begets works, and then is perfected by them. And by works was faith made perfect - Here St. James fixes the sense wherein he uses the word justified; so that no shadow of contradiction remains between his assertion and St. Paul's. Abraham returned from that sacrifice perfected in faith, and far higher in the favour of God. Faith hath not its being from works, (for it is before them,) but its perfection. That vigour of faith which begets works is then excited and increased thereby, as the natural heat of the body begets motion, whereby itself is then excited and increased. See #1John 3:22|.
Jas 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works. Abraham's faith was a working faith. By works was faith made perfect. The element of works is essential to make it complete. Without works it is an imperfect, "a dead faith" (Jas 2:20). It must have energy to avail. Abraham's faith "wrought".