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.