Obedience Must Accompany Faith

Friends,
It is remarkably sad that many who say they are Bible-believers cannot see that Scripture teaches that belief and obedience do go together. If actions don’t prove belief, then the belief is the type the demons have, as James 2:19 says. (They believe, but they won’t repent and follow Jesus.) If I gave you a $1,000 gift card and you believed in its validity enough to take it, but later kept it in a drawer, would anyone really think that you truly believed that it was worth what it claimed to be worth? No. You would show you didn’t really believe in it by your lack of action in using it. If someone says they believe in “denying oneself, taking up one’s cross daily, and following Jesus and His words” (see Luke 9:23-26), yet actions don’t line up, then the belief claim is a fraud –even if the one making it is genuinely deceiving his own self! In fact, he may be one of those who in the end pound on the door wondering why Jesus won’t open to him. (Matt. 25:11,12) –Or of those who act shocked when Jesus says “Depart from Me…” in Matt. 7:23. Look, those people were even doing miracles in His name and calling Him “Lord”.

Rom. 1:5 says, “We… call people… to the obedience that comes from faith.” Heb. 5:9 says that Jesus “became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY Him.” 2 Peter 3:17 tells us to be on our guard against errors for a reason, that reason being because it IS possible “to fall from your SECURE position.” How? “By deliberately sinning after having… [been] sanctified…” (Heb. 10:26-31)

Yes, you can “receive God’s grace in vain” (2 Cor. 6:1) if one does not “hold firmly till the end the confidence he had at first” (Heb. 3:14), or if one “forsakes his first love” (Rev. 2:4), becomes lukewarm (3:15,16), tries again to be justified by law (Gal. 5:4), or “deserts Christ” by “turning to a different gospel.” (1:6)

There are numerous Scriptures to support the fact that God’s Word does indeed say that we must “repent and turn to God and prove our repentance by our deeds.” (Acts 26:20) This is why James 2:22,24 say, “Faith is made complete by what he did… [So] you see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.”

We don’t want to ignore verses like these, do we?

Sincerely,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on November 17, 2009.

 
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