Good morning friends,
Happy Monday, October 07, 2019
Grace be to you.
Weekly Bible Verse: James 2:14-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Faith without Works Is Dead
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you?
15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?
17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
Again read in another version
James 2:14-17 The Message (MSG) Faith in Action 14-17
Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
Look at your hands, what are the many many things you can use your hands for? What are your hands for?
Are faith and works important? Yes! Well for James 2:14-17, faith alone is not active until work is added. James contends for a showing of both faith and deeds – I will show you my faith by what I do. Becoming mature and complete is the goal of the Christian life.
This place of Scripture plainly shows that an opinion, or agreement to the gospel, without works, is not faith. There is no way to show we really believe in Christ, except by becoming diligent in good works, from gospel motives, and for gospel purposes.
True believing is not an act of the understanding only, but a work of the whole heart. Observe here, the wonderful power of faith in changing people. Rahab’s conduct proved her faith to be living, or having power; it showed that she believed with her heart.
Let us then take heed, for the best works, without faith is dead.
Observed here, Abraham believed God and was reckoned to him for righteousness. Faith producing amazing works promoted him to peculiar favors. Faith is the root, good works are the fruits; we must see to it that we have both.
This is the grace of God wherein we stand, and we should stand to it.
May God show your hands some work you may try some simple need supply. God bless.