Faith
Wednesday July 4, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
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FAITH COMMENTARY
"Faith or Works "

Much has been said about the role Faith and Works play regarding salvation…some subscribe to the theory that works no longer have a role. Jesus broaches this subject in John 10:25 KJV, where He is talking about His Works:

Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.

When following in His Footsteps, is it possible that your works bear witness of you?

Breaking this subject down to question form, you may want to know:

Does the bible explain Faith and Works?

How does God determine Faith or lack thereof?

What role, if any, do Works play in Faith?

The Book of James goes to great depth to help you understand Faith and Works. James 2:17 KJV sets the stage for a better understanding:

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Christ said that His Works bear witness and here you are told that without works, faith is alone…dead!

Believing is a primary ingredient of faith but James 2:19 KJV says that it does nothing to help devils:

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

So…Possessing the ingredients of faith is not enough. James 2:22 KJV confirms what Christ indicated earlier in John…Works identify you as well as perfect your faith:

Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

The bible does explain Faith and Works but where does it tell how God measures them?

Your answer begins in James 2:20 KJV where you learn that without Works, the score is…Works “0”…Faith “0”:

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Your scorecard is maintained in heaven and Rev. 20:12 KJV shows God tracking Works in His Books:

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Works weigh heavily at Judgment…They show God your faith. They show Him the real you.

 

 

 

 


 

Spiritually dead is introduced in James 2:26 KJV. An analogy is drawn between you being spiritually dead and your faith being dead.

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Your soul is who you are and your spirit is your intellect. Without the presence of the Holy Spirit, you are spiritually dead and without Works, your Faith is dead as well. Rev. 20:13 KJV tells more about the spiritually dead:

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Revelation tells you that the sea is the people. Here, at the first resurrection, people that are alive deliver up their spiritually dead. Death and hell (the deceased), deliver theirs up too…to be judged according to their works.

With a better understanding of “Faith and Works”, it is time to examine the role they play in you life. James 2:18 KJV tells how faith is proven:

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.

Perhaps you have heard the saying: “Show me your Works and I will see your Faith”.

Regarding salvation, you learn in James 2:24 KJV that Faith and Works play distinctive roles:

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

Lesson well learned! You are judged by Works and Faith. The manuscripts show that “Justified” means “Judged”.

dike, dee'-kay; probably from Greek 1166 (deiknuo); right (as self-evident), i.e. justice (the principle, a decision, or its execution) :- judgment, punish, vengeance

Scripture contains answers to all the questions you and your family may have.

In Rev. 2:26 KJV, Faith or Works closes on this note:

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

This power awaits you. No one said it is easy but keeping His Works is a pleasure; it pleasures you and it pleasures God.

Consider this question:

Are you prepared to handle the power God is offering?

 

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com