Wednesday November 23, 2005
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"What is Salvation "

Our personal view of obtaining salvation is determined over the years by our exposure to spiritual understanding and personal development. Is faith enough? Does works enter into the formula? We all seek the answer. What does God’s Word say to us?

We’re encouraged to consider the pathway to salvation as James 2:14 KJV begins:

“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?”

We now begin to take an earnest view of salvation as here, God’s word illustrates to us that you have to put “your money where your mouth is”.

Continuing with James 2:17 - 2:18 KJV:

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, thou hast faith and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”

(It takes two to tango as works makes faith visible.)

James 2:20 KJV states: “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”

God is clearly showing us that faith cannot stand alone. A losing formula: faith – works = zero.

James 2:22 KJV adds: “Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?”

My response to that is a winning formula: works + faith = perfect faith.

James 2:24 KJV continues: “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified” (judged), “and not by faith only.”

God judges salvation by looking through your faith to see your works.

Revelation 14:13 KJV reveals that our works do follow us and we’re aware that God freely forgives our sins.

With a foundation of faith and a house of works, we’ll truly have our share of white linen for judgment.





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