FAITH THAT SAVES; FAITH THAT WORKS!
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. EPHESIANS 2:8-10
WHAT IS FAITH?
Man's answer: Strong belief or trust in someone or something
God's answer: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
"God's Faith hears the inaudible, sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible."
"Man's faith hears what is loudest, sees what is most visible, believes what is within reach, and receives the attainable."
Remember One Lord; One Faith Eph: 4:5
So let's look into 2 aspects of faith: The Saving Faith and A Working Faith!!!
I. The Faith That Saves.
A. We Are Purified By Faith I Peter 1:22-23
"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."
B. We Are Sanctified By Faith Acts 26:18
"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."
"Sanctified means to be separated, or Separated unto God or Born of God"
C. We Are Justified By Faith Romans 3:27-28
"Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. "
"And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." Romans 5:1-5
"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16
"But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. Galatians 3:23-24
D. We have Righteousness Through Faith Romans 4:5
"But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."
E. We Receive ALL of the Promises of GOD Through Faith Hebrews 6:12b
"who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
II. The Faith that Works
vs. 10 "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them"
Look back at all we have studied thus far Notice: without deeds, not justified by the works, him that worketh not.
You see: "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
OUR Works DIDN'T bring us to Salvation, Faith Did, But Faith is what NOW Brings us unto Every Good Work.
"but faith which worketh by love." Galatians 5:6
God said through James: James 2:14-20
"14. What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?"
*What Have we Read? YES
"15-16. 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? "
"17. Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."
"18. 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."
"19. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble"
"20. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"
So it is our Faith that brings us to Good Works it is not Works that bring us to Faith! We display our Faith through our Works.
FAITH IS TELLING A MOUNTAIN TO MOVE AND BEING SHOCKED ONLY IF IT DOESN'T!