Faith or Works? Which Is Truly Important?
Which is truly important? Faith or works?
Apostle Paul tells us that;
" For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; It is the gift of God not a result of works, so that no one may boast"
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
According to Apostle Paul, we have been saved through faith and not the result of works. But wait! Let us hear what Apostle James tells us;
" You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone"
James 2:24 ESV
Confused? It seems that they are contradicting right? but the truth is they are both right and they are not contradicting each other. The truth stated in the bible is perfect because it is the word of God and it will never contradict each other. Apostle James would not write about works if it is not important and the same goes to Apostle Paul about Faith, both are very important.
If that is so, what is the explanation behind this?
Let's Ask the Bible!
First, let's ask what is Faith? What is True Faith?
For me, real faith is believing in God no matter what the situation you are in. Even if you have problems in life, even if everything seems difficult, even if you are losing hope, even if you are experiencing deep sorrow, and even if you think that God is not answering your prayers. A person with real faith will still believe and trust God that he will help us no matter what.
According to Apostle Paul;
" Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see"
Hebrews 11:1 NIV
Apostle Paul tells us that faith is being sure and that we must not doubt that we will receive the things we wished even we still do not see it or received it.
Let's see what Apostle James tells us about faith. According to him;
" But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the lord"
James 1:6-7 NIV
Apostle James and Apostle Paul agree that we must believe, we should not doubt, and be sure of what we ask and that is what real faith is.
Now true Faith comes with a bonus, According to Apostle Paul;
" But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law."
Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
And Ladies and Gentlemen, this is what Apostle James Work is all about. The fruit of Faith.
" But someone will say, you have faith; I have deeds, show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by what I do"
James 2:18 NIV
True Faith will be revealed through our deeds, our good works, and our faithfulness to the word of God. Why is this?
It is because;
" Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We are therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life"
Romans 6:3-4 NIV
It is because we are baptized into our Lord Jesus Christ, and through the death of our Lord, we are able to die for our sins and live a new life, because ourLord already washed away the sins of those who have true faith.
We are justified through Faith and our Faith is justified through our Works.
But we must remember that love is still the greatest like Apostle Paul said;
" So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love"
1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV
Because we must learn to love before having Faith. Faith working through love is the Genuine Faith.
" For Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love"
Galatians 5:6 ESV
And because we learned to love our Lord Jesus Christ, we obtained a genuine faith, and through this love, we keep his commandments in our hearts and follow them through our works.
" If you love me, you will keep my commandments."
John 14:15 ESV
For you, Which is more important?
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