In the day we live in, there are many professing Christians and pastors that will tell you that doing good works is not important. That even thinking this way and seeking to do them is very wrong, for we ought to live by faith alone in Christ. We also hear the same crowd of believers say that keeping the commandments was only for the Old Testament, which is now fulfilled, and now we just seek the Lord Jesus along the way and have faith in Him. However, is what is being taught by Christians and pastors Biblical in nature? No, it is not. Let’s just see what Jesus said. He taught, 1“ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-19) Did you catch that? He said that we are the light of the world by showcasing our good works from God unto others. Then, will they glorify the Father and not see us as hypocrites who only say they believe in Jesus but live totally contrary to Him. Now, how about the commandments? Jesus also said that we are to keep the commandments and teach them also. You will be the least in the kingdom and not on good standing with God if you teach people to break the commandments and not keep them.
Now, is all that Jesus said backed up as well? Of course it is. Let us look at James, chapter 2. Which reads, 2“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. 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? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:14-26) So we learn that our faith in Christ leads to us doing good works that come from God. As we go about being a light unto the world, many people will also be blessed and very much helped along the way. Even the homeless and the poor will be cared for, as James said. This is living a life as Jesus would if He were here on the earth today. So, does this seem like works are not necessary? Of course, for a spirit-filled believer in Christ, who is saved.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will read the Bible for themselves and not just get all their theology and beliefs from their church, pastors, priests, bishops, teachers, and other Christians. This way of learning is only good if people decide to back things up with the Bible, and not take everything people say as fact. I was lost for many years of my life, while believing in things that were wrong, but seemed right. I did not know this, however, until I truly researched what You really taught in scripture. I decided that if You were able to teach me things, then I would rather believe in what the Bible says over man. Then, You did something amazing. You opened my eyes to Your truth, which is found in scripture. I saw things that I never knew before. My questions were answered each day that I read the Bible. I thought I would hate unlearning things that were wrong, but it became delightful in my sight. I loved everything You were teaching me and still do. This means more to me than the years of learning something different. Lord, I now have a road map that I know for sure comes from You, which makes me very happy. Wow, You are so good to me, Lord. I have something real to trust in and not worry about it being torn and tattered by other people’s misinterpretation and even additions to Your words. Surely, my understanding has been enlightened and it all began the day that I cried unto You for forgiveness and mercy. You heard my cries and had compassion for my soul. This led me to desire more and more of what the Bible says, and You did exactly what I thought You would, which is allow me to see things clearly. I know that You are much bigger than what people make You out to be. You are the Lord God Almighty and deserve our time and attention. Thank You for Your wisdom and understanding. I was desperate to know the truth and much knowledge was gained thereafter. Thanks again, God. I love You so much. Doing Your goods works is all I desire. Keeping Your commandments is what I am made for. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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