Works and Faith
This page combines the teachings of John, Ephesians, James, and a little bit of Exodus. John says that if we love God, we will obey Him. James says that if we do what God says, we will be justified. He also said that faith and works work together. Ephesians says that we are saved by faith alone and not by works. In Exodus, the Hebrew midwives did not toss their babies into the river because they feared God. God is not the author of confusion, and the Bible does not contradict itself. Let me make something clear. They work together. Faith produces the works necessary. Works alone do not save. Without faith in Jesus, we're as good as dead. When James referres to doers, He is saying that those who obey God are those who are justified. Those people are those who yield fruit. God wants fruit from each of us. He is on our side. There is a difference between the unbeliever who does works and the believer who does works. The unbeliever, who does works, believes that by works it is the only way that he or she can get ahead in life but instead, they do not realize that they are going to hell, because they never believed in Jesus. The same can happen with the Christian, except if they trust in Jesus, they have nothing to fear, they can go home. Now, if they obey Christ, they will recieve rewards in this life and the life to come. Obedience to God is not legalism. They are two different things. Legalism is when you exalt youself religiously to get anywhere. When we obey God, we give Him our hearts. We will never be perfect, but we need to give Him our lives. It is absolute surrender. We acknowledge that He is our master. It is the motive of our heart. He examines our hearts and minds. If our hearts belong to Him, He will accept us, but if they don't, they could be consequences. Choose Christ.