James 2:25 (HCSB)

And in the same way, wasn’t Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by a different route?

     James discussing justification and its relationship to works.  What I find interesting here is that Rahab, some 1400 years! after she lived is recognized for what she was [a prostitute] and what she became [justified and part of the covenant of Israel]. Neither the people of Israel, nor the Christians who followed, nor obviously God himself, work to hide who Rahab was, indeed they seem to emphasize it again and again.  Being a prostitute was no barrier to being accepted into the commonwealth of Israel and being justified, a startling fact and one that reveals the deep and unexpected channels in which grace can be found.
     And you, dear reader?  What are you?  A prostitute, a Pharisee, a thief, a murderer, a terrorist, a goody two shoes?  God can and will save you from any of these.  This is the nature of grace.