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Nibble of Bread : Salvation by Works

October 11, 2012

James 2:18-20

 18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

So are we saved by works? No. Lets just get that one out-of-the-way. But is it a reflection of our faith? Yes, completely. The story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) is the perfect example of this. The works or actions that took place from Zacchaeus illustrated the change in his heart. You see we don’t do good works to prove anything, to gain recognition, to build credit with God, or for personal gain. We do it because we want to Glorify God by our actions. We want people to think: ‘how can a guy like that care for a guy like me, how is he so nice to me when I have never been nice to him? There must be something bigger behind this picture’. Yes there is, He is called Jesus. We are here on this earth to bring God glory in everything we do. If all we do is say we are saved, and say we have faith but never illustrate it through the way we treat our families in public and at home, or the way we treat strangers, or the way we treat people who do us wrong then according to the Bible, our faith is dead. Does that mean we are not saved? No. But every branch that does not produce fruit will be cut off. Instead we want to be fruit producing branches, fruit that comes forth through works in order that we may be pruned and manicured so we can produce even more (John 15:2).

Refer to Salvation by Faith.

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