Having Faith and Doing Something About It

 ... want to give thanks to my lord and savior jesus christ he save meIt is sad when ritual replaces faith. Jesus was the speaker in John 14:6 where the verse reads, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Just those two theological concepts indicate that faith greatly supersedes any physical act of ritual that could ever be performed by anyone.

Of course, one cannot use faith as a crutch to ignore the other necessary things we must do. We know the Bible teaches us to do things. We know that it is good to pray for the hungry to receive food. However, if we have food to give, we should be active in answering the prayers of the hungry rather than claiming our faith will get them the answers they need from someone else. The goal is for the heart to be changed by faith in Jesus. From the inside out we must change. It begins with that initial spark of faith that Jesus indeed is the Christ, the Holy One of God. The one who died as penalty for our sins and rose again the third day.

We have all met those who are convinced that it is some sort of deed that saves them in the eyes of God, but the actual Word of God bears out something different. Ephesians 2:8-9 is clear that our salvation is through grace and not of any “works” we can do. It is clear that God’s saving grace is a gift from Him. I like that passage in that it makes it plain that this has been done so none of us can “boast” of things we have done to save ourselves. We are all equal when it comes to God’s saving grace through Jesus. All of us must come to Jesus through faith first.

Then James sums it up in James 2:20 that faith without any works is a dead faith. One must precede the other; then they must work together. Faith first, then works. Trying to please God through some sort of deed alone is insufficient.

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