Faith And Works

Can a person work themselves into heaven? The answer is a firm “No!” Paul said salvation is “by grace through faith, not as a result of works..” (Ephesians 2).
But, James tells us, “Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds” (James 2:18). Then, James added, “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works” (James 2:26).
Again… to quote James… he says.. “… faith is dead without good works.” So, does James contradict Paul? Can a person work themselves into heaven?
Again, the answer is “No.”
The answer to this little debate is that our faith will result in works. No, we cannot work ourselves into heaven, but if our faith is genuine, it is going to lead us to do good works… not because we are trying to earn salvation but instead, as the natural out-growth of real, sincere faith.
So, what are you doing for the Lord? If your faith is real, you will be doing something for the Lord. Let’s start off very basic; are you worshiping? If not, you should need be and you need to be.
What about studying the Bible? Are you taking time to read God’s word? What about giving? Are you tithing? What about serving? Are you serving in any capacity?
We are not saved through works… we are saved by grace through faith but, if our faith is genuine… if it’s sincere… our faith will lead us give, serve, etc…
C.S. Lewis once said, “Regarding the debate about faith and works; it’s like asking which blade of a pair of scissors is most important.” Both are important and both faith and works are important.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Faith without works is not faith all; but a simple lack of obedience to God.”

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