“Show me your faith without deeds,
and I will show you my faith by what I do”
Paul teaches very clearly that,
“a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law” (Romans 3:28)
James emphasises that this faith is not an inactive state but very much a way of life and living. So he would write that,
“faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17)
So whilst we cannot earn our salvation through works but may receive it only by faith, the evidence of that faith is revealed in our changed lives. We live them out in obedience to the commands and directives of the Lord.
“Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith” (Romans 1:5)
Both Paul and James are in agreement that authentic faith is a living faith that works.
- “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” ( Galatians 5:6)
- “I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18)
As John Stott comments “we cannot be saved by works, yet we cannot be saved without them.” What we do is the evidence of our salvation. Jesus put it this way,
“If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15)
Salvation is not a cloak that we put on over our old way of life and living. It is living in a new and different way as a response to God’s boundless love revealed most fully in His great sacrifice.
How is my faith revealed?
Lord help me to live my faith as a response to Your great love, and to seek to walk in Your ways throughout my life – showing my love for You and those around me. Amen.