Devo Walking in faith Part 19
Romans 4:13-17 (NIV)
13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression. 16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
James 2:14-24 (NIV)
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
Wow! These two writers seem to be in direct conflict with each other. Martin Luther the man of faith had problems with James. He said James’ book was a pithy book. Little substance. We still have to reconcile these two but how. Maybe we should look at who they were written to. James was the first book of the New Testament. James wrote to a mature church and as a whole. He wrote the book as being the head of the church at that time and because the church had become apostate. They had become dead and somewhat powerless. Why. They had returned to their vomit, sin. They had wandered from the faith. He was reprimanding them. He does not question we are saved by faith, but says where the evidence? If you are indeed saved there will be evidence. You can’t just say you’re saved, walk in it.
Listen if a man commits adultery and says he is sorry and continues to commit adultery would a wife believe him? Repent means to turn from our sin not just say I am sorry. We grow up in our faith. Let’s say a man repents and is run over by a car and dies. He will go to heaven. (See Matthew 20:1-16) On the other hand let’s a man repents, but never changes he produces no fruit or stops doing so he is left with a fearful expectation of hell. (See Matthew 21:28-32) You can’t just simply hear the word you must do what it says.
Now back to our fruit tree. When it is young and immature little is expected, but to grow, However when it matures it is expected to produce fruit.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane