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Before the return of our Lord, not only false Christs and false prophets come but many false believers shall also come. “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth” (1 Timothy 4:1–3). Moreover, “…the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3–4).

We must be ready “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:27). Let us examine ourselves, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21–23) —Bro Jose

HOW ABOUT YOUR FAITH?

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. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:18–20).

James gives a hypothetical situation. If someone says to the Apostle, you have faith, and I have works. Between these two, who then would have genuine salvation? James would instead ask such a person to show his faith without works, and the Apostle would show that man out of his works his faith. The obvious result would be that such a man says he has faith, nothing else, whereas his works evidence James’ faith.

Faith equals salvation without works: This is the wrong formula. James challenges those who claim to have faith but do not produce jobs. The redemption wrought by this kind of faith is a fake faith, the faith of a false believer. He may try to do good results and mimic the true believer, but the Lord knows their works were not of God because it is not a product of the salvation wrought by the God-given faith. “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:22–23).

Faith equals salvation plus good works: True faith by the grace of God gives the person a new life. This salvation will surely bring forth works profitable to men and glorify God. The Lord Jesus Christ “…gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:11–14).

The Roman Catholic Church holds that faith must be added with works to earn salvation. “Good works” through the sacraments and devotion to the church adds to the merit of Christ. On the other hand, today's liberal Protestants and modernistic churches teach antinomianism. Faith to them is identification with Christ but no manifestation of Christ in them. For them, a professing Christian can live anyhow he wants with his life. The Biblical faith is the living faith that James teaches. Faith alone brings forth salvation, and salvation brings forth a Christ-like conversation.

Not the Devil’s Faith

Can devils have faith? James says the devils also believe and even tremble before God! So can demons or the fallen angels be saved? Of course not! The Lord Jesus Christ said there is a place of “everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels…” (Matthew 25:41). The Lake of Fire is their destination, which burneth forever and ever. Yet the demons knew who Jesus was “…behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:29). They knew Him, but they cannot have God’s grace to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not have this kind of faith.

Faith not to salvation: The apostle challenged their claim of faith in one God. The Jews regard Deuteronomy 6:4 as their confession of faith. The devils also knew this truth even before any one of the Jews had memorized the text. They were once in the very presence of God in heaven and knew well that there is only one God. The problem is that they could not repent of their sins and could not believe in God as their Saviour and Lord. God did not provide a substitute for them to pay the penalty of their sins to save them.

Faith without good works: Aside from a failure to be saved, the devils also could not do any good works. There is nothing good in them. James is now implying that such faith without works is equated with the devil’s faith. They may confess faith with their mouth, but they cannot do anything good because they cannot have salvation. He is now comparing this faith with those who “say-only” to have faith, who argue that works are not necessary as long as they have faith.

Dear brethren, you do not want to be a confessor of Christ and end up in the everlasting torment in the Lake of Fire. The formula must be correct to arrive at the right destination. Do not just know Christ in your head without affecting your heart and no demonstration with your hands. Do not be fooled.

Not a Dead Faith

Those who falsely argue that good works must be added to faith to be saved popularly misinterpret this verse. James expressly states, “faith without works is dead.” Therefore it cannot save! Is it? This claim is, of course, erroneous, lifting the verse out of context. James did not say that works must be added to faith to be alive. He warns that those who say they have faith yet are not working or producing works are not regenerating. This condition means that his “say-only” faith is dead. James sought to show that a person who possesses faith in Christ is vindicated as a true Christian by his works and that a mere claim to a profession of faith that is not evidenced by works is not characteristic of genuine conversion.

Of ignorant men: James endeavours to point out the vanity of those who believe that an oral profession of faith is enough. That verbal assent is empty. It does not have any force to bring them any nearer to God. Such hypocritical affirmation of faith without the fruits of good works in their practical lives is not really faith. Faith in God’s inspired words makes a man “perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:17).

Of faith without works: This kind of faith is antinomian. It is against the law where believers desire only Jesus Christ to be their Saviour but never their Lord. It is enough for them to be saved from the wrath to come, but they do not want to live to obey the commandments of God. They never know that keeping the law of God is the way to love God. A man of true faith loves his Saviour and desires to obey His words. Obedience to God’s law is what good works are! Apart from the law is not good, it is sinful!

Dear brethren, there is a spiritual desire for a genuinely saved person to obey and keep the laws of God. This change in life is what constitutes as good work. Saving faith entails more than mere knowledge. It includes trust and obedience to God's inspired, preserved, and authoritative Word. You should have the heart to read, study and obey the scripture.

Filipino brethren who joined the Calvary Tengah BPC Camp held in Orchid Country Club, Singapore with the theme: The Transformed Life: A Meditative Study on Romans 12

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