Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. ~ Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works…For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. ~ James 2:14-18, 26
· My purpose is to have faith in God, and my actions are to be in accordance with His commands. The two go together: faith and works.
· The reason for that: it is the entireness of me.
· The reason for that: God will judge my works, what I do and say, and my secret things, what is in my heart (my faith)…whether they are in accordance with His commands or not.
· There are at least two types of faith: one that saves and one that doesn’t.
· Faith is nothing without works.
· Works are nothing without faith.
· I can believe God exists, but if it doesn’t spur me to works that are in accordance to His command, then that faith is useless; it has no profit for me.
· Salvation is the result of faith that has works that are in accordance with God’s command.
· The balance of faith and works will show in life.
· My faith must be the type that causes me to take action in accordance with the design of God as He has given and continues to give through His Word, His Son, and His Spirit.
· It is I that must choose to have faith and do works. The choice not to do so will be evident in my life and will be judged accordingly.