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Faith and Works

May 17, 2010

Salvation is all God’s grace.  No doubt about that.  But in order for one to avail of it, one must have faith.   However, believing isn’t enough, as one has to show outwardly that their faith has made an impact or change in their lives.  It has to show.  This is what the Bible teaches, that faith and works go hand in hand.

6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. (Galatians 5:6)

Paul says, that to Christ nothing matters except faith working through love.  Jesus himself confirmed this.

10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  (John 15:10)

15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. (John 14:15)

Faith working through love involves keeping God’s/Jesus’ commandments.  If we don’t show our love outwardly by keeping God’s law, our faith is dead.

20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

Because when we die, we will be judged on how we lived our life, and if we kept the faith:

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

So when someone professes to have Christ in their lives, but you can see otherwise, their faith is dead.  However, when you have true  faith, you don’t have to say anything to prove it.  After all, actions do speak louder than words.

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