Yesterday we discussed Abraham’s faith as an example of faith in deeds. His action made him righteous in the Lord God’s eyes, because not only did Abraham believe in our Heavenly Father, but he trusted Him with his most precious child. In Romans 3:28 we are told, “For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.” Your faith and acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior will save you from the death of sin. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork,created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
“You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (James 2:24-26)
Rahab believed in the God of Israel, and “received” the spies, and sent them off in a different direction to save them. She took a risk to save others’ lives because of her faith. For her works BECAUSE of her faith, she was considered righteous in the eyes of the Lord.
As we’ve said previously, our works don’t save us. But our good works that we do because of our faith and our trust in the Lord are a physical manifestation of our life in the Lord. It creates an intimacy with Our Father, and is an obedience to Him for His purposes.
“When you accepted Jesus Christ, you became spiritually alive. The life animating principle for the believer is the biblical application of truth (His Word) on a daily basis, especially as trials are brought to bear.” (Dr. Tony Evans). When we trust the Lord God with all aspects of our lives, and ask for His will to be done, we will ‘do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.‘
For more on Trusting the God You Believe In, enjoy the video below:
- My notes from Bible Study “Faith: A Bible Study on James for Women“
- Life Application Study Bible (NIV)