4-26-2016

Scriptural Truth – Faith Must Work

In the book of Hebrews chapter 11 verse 1 the scripture states “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” Perhaps one of the greatest challenges of faith is to accept what you do not get, to be content with what you have and to always thank you to God for all the blessings in your life. Life throws some harsh blows at us but we are certainly not the first to endure hardship and disappointment. The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is often times referred to as the great faith chapter. In this chapter you will find the words “By Faith…” stated a number of times followed with the name of a person such as Abraham, Able and Noah. These men faced challenges in their lives that they overcame and God was pleased with their faithfulness to Him. We should all learn from these men that God is greater than any problem we may have if we follow His will. The book of James talks about faith as well. James describes faith as something which is active and working. James goes on to explain that faith without works is dead (James 2:26). Ones faith in God is demonstrated by their works. What then is works and how does it coincide with the grace of God? Simply put God’s grace is what saves an individual for we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). God gave His son for us and allowed His life’s blood to be shed for the remission of our sins. In Romans 6 it tells us that to be cleansed with this blood we must be baptized into the blood. Baptism is our faith in action, part of our “work” if you will. Baptism is just like believing, repenting and confessing Christ, all requiring us as individuals to do something. After one becomes a child of God they must then live faithfully until death serving their Lord to the best of their ability (Rev.2:10). We are all servants, either of sin or righteousness and a servant is one who works. No doubt man has his part to do, his faith must be put into action and action is a working word!. If you have questions or comments please let me know. Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth.Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net

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