Faith Without Works Is Dead
The Book of Hebrews informs us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We are told that by it the elders obtained a good report – that by faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God and that 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.
Contemporary Christianity would lead us to believe that it’s all about faith – that all we have to do is believe in Jesus. While it is true that we are saved by grace, through faith; there is more to Christianity than just believing. The book of James tells us that “faith without works is dead;” and “that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” He concludes with the statement that just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Today, many Christian leaders would tell us that a desire to keep the commandments of our Creator is an attempt to justify ourselves – a means of salvation by way of works. They know that is not what we believe at all; yet any time the laws of God are mentioned, they attack the messenger rather than having to try and explain how our Creator must have made a mistake when He wrote those laws in stone – rather than trying to explain why those who walked and talked with Christ kept those commandments before and after the time of the Crucifixion.
Yes, there is more to Biblical Christianity that just having faith. Scripture informs us that “the devils also believe, and tremble.” No matter what antinomian Christian theologians may say, according to the New Testament sin is defined as the transgression of the law; and the wages of sin is still death. Jesus Christ, Yeshua of Nazareth, the Messiah of Israel did not die in order to make a way for us to practice sin.
Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just The Facts.