Good morning, spiritual family. Have you ever wondered what James meant when he said he would show you his faith by his works and that faith without works is dead? Faith is both a gift from God and a fruit of the spirit. So is love, and love is also what and who God is. You might wonder what the connection between faith and love is.
Did you know it’s possible to believe without having love or faith? Granted, belief is on one’s own power, while spiritual love and faith are purely Godly.
When you are filled with God’s gift of faith, the supernatural byproduct of that is an outpouring of love, and that’s what spiritual works are. See Matthew 25:34-40 for details. So if there is no outpouring of that love as evidence of your being filled with faith, then you are spiritually dead. That’s what James means when he says faith without works is dead.
Brethren, have you pondered the real difference between the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25? The goats cast out demons in Jesus’ name and performed other wonders. Whose power did they use, though? The devil does counterfeit God’s ways and processes. If one is not close to God, one can indeed be deceived. Sad to think about that, I know, but understanding can keep you spiritually safe and in the sheep category.
I pray your works are indeed the spiritual byproduct of your faith. Then, we can rejoice together when Jesus invites us to be with Him for eternity.
Be physically and spiritually safe and be blessed.
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my[b] works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?[c] 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[d] And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
Matthew 25:34-40 (NKJV)
34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’