Faith and Corresponding Actions
Jul 16th, 2016 by bryanhudson
"Faith and Corresponding Action"
The faith walk is about believing God's promises and acting with confidence on those promises. Faith is not a leap into the dark. Faith in God is a leap and a walk into the LIGHT!
James 2:14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[d] works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 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.”[g] And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Paul wrote Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
We don’t work to be saved, but good works is the best evidence of a saved lifestyle.
Galatians 2:16, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
Our works are distinctive to believers in Christ. Every lifestyle and “religion” or “non-relligion” has their form of works.
Exodus 23:24, You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their works; but you shall utterly overthrow them and completely break down their sacred pillars
Matthew 23:5, But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments
We are doing the works of God that need to be seen. These works glorify the Lord, not ourselves.
Matthew 5:16, Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven
John 9:4, I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work
We are empowered by Jesus Christ.
John 14:12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father