Faith and Obedience
‘2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.’
We must believe to be saved but we have to act accordingly. What is a belief? Belief is action, so if you say to your wife I love you, but then go on to commit an adultery that is not a proper love, is it? The same analogy is with the Christian faith, if you think you are saved but behave contrary to the teachings of the Bible then that is not a real belief. One that truly believes in God, will truly follow and act in accordance to God’s and Jesus’s Commandments and Words.
“We are saved by faith alone.” If you notice there is no such a verse in the Bible, the only verse that states “saved by faith alone” states complete the opposite :’ You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.’-James 2:24.
“Saved by faith alone” without any works of obedience to God’s commands is not Biblical. “Faith alone” is a man made liberal belief system, which is a false doctrine and is mired with delusion with an easy life that since are repaid now you do not need to worry about anything- you are in a carte blanche. All that’s left is for us to live for the pleasure of today, and hope for more pleasure tomorrow. And that’s not much of a life. The main problem with faith alone is not that it isn’t taught by the Bible—as bad as that is. The main problem with faith alone is that if it were true, it would mean that almost everything we do during our lifetime here on earth is irrelevant to our eternal life. What is the purpose of living and believing and not living the way God teaches us to? What kind of life is this? Life of pleasure?
I say beware of any non Biblical, man made false doctrines:’7 Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said: 8 These people[a] honour Me with their lips,
but their heart is far from Me.9 They worship Me in vain,
teaching as doctrines the commands of men.”- Matthew 15:7-8’.
This is completely wrong and you will see when I present numerous verses proving that faith and obedience are very important. If you have eyes to see and ears to hear, you will see and hear the teachings of God and His Son Jesus through the writings of the Bible.
The man made doctrine of “Saved by faith alone” was not part of Christian belief for the first 1,500 years of Christianity.
Even today, only about one-fifth of Christians belong to churches that teach it.
And yet, the minority of Christians who do believe in it think it’s the most important, essential teaching of Christianity.
“Justification by faith alone” is the Protestant doctrine that the one and only thing that saves us is believing that Jesus Christ died for us on the cross. Our “works,” meaning what we do and how we live, do not contribute anything to our salvation.
Christians who believe in faith alone think that Paul teaches it.
But Paul never even says “faith alone” in any of his letters. (He also doesn’t say “grace alone.”) And Paul was articulate enough that if he had wanted to say that faith alone saves, he certainly had the vocabulary and the ability to do so.
But he never did.
What Paul did say is that we are saved by faith apart from the works of the Law (Romans 3:28). And that is one of the most misunderstood verses in the entire Bible.
Paul was not saying that we don’t have to do good deeds in order to be saved. Just one chapter earlier, he had said:
‘God will repay each person according to what they have done. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour, and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism. (Romans 2:6–11)’
So it’s crystal clear that Paul, like every other writer in the Bible, taught that we must do good works in order to be saved, and that if we don’t, we will be condemned.
In other words, if there is no action there would not be true faith as your actions speaker louder than mere words of faith. Faith is actions, to truly believe is to act in the way God’s wants us to.
When Paul said that we are saved by faith apart from the works of the Law, he was talking about the Law of Moses.
He was arguing, against the main group of Jewish Christians in Jerusalem, that it was not necessary for Christians to obey the ritual laws of sacrifice, diet, circumcision, and so on prescribed in the ancient Jewish ritual code found in the Torah, or Law, which is the first five books of the Bible. Paul, an “apostle to the Gentiles” (see Romans 11:13), did not want to saddle pagan converts with the ritual laws of Judaism. Further, he believed that faith in Jesus made it unnecessary to follow those ritual laws.
For observant Jews, strictly following these laws was a matter of great pride. See, for example, the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 18:9–14:
To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
That’s why Paul said in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” Here “works” like the “circumcision” that he talks about in the next few verses, is shorthand for “the works of the Law”—meaning the ritual laws given by Moses in the Torah.
Paul even says in the very next verse, “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life” (Ephesians 2:10, italics added).
We do not have to follow the rituals of Judaism, but the moral Law of God (like 10 Commandments and other Commands that Lord Jesus had taught us) is a must. Otherwise how can we call ourselves Christians if we disobey God and live unchristian life led by our human desires?
Yes, Paul was big on faith. He’s always talking about faith. But he never taught faith alone. “Faith alone” is a man made liberal belief system, which is a false doctrine that can lead people astray and may give some people “licence to sin” since we are only humans and weak in will power can easily go off the righteous path. Remember what Lord Jesus taught:’ So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.’ Revelation 3:16. So do not be lukewarm, do not take the gift of salvation as an unconditional salvation. If you sin and don’t repent-there is a problem.
Protestants—especially the Evangelical and Fundamentalist variety—believe and claim that the doctrine of salvation by faith alone comes from the Bible. But the reality is that it comes from Luther, Calvin, and Melanchthon.
Just like the other Bible wri
ters, he insisted that we must do good works as commanded by the Lord if we wish to be saved and go to heaven.
God did not put us on earth merely to believe and have faith. God put us here on earth to act on our faith, and live by our beliefs. That’s why the Apostle James said: ‘What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:14–17)’
Most important, we have to heed what our Lord Jesus Himself taught. He commanded us to teach others to observe what He had commanded. Please, note to OBSERVE means to DO something that Jesus wanted us to do and observe. Jesus did command to observe His word, observing means following what He had taught us. If we say we believe and don’t follow and conduct ourselves in a Christian way, then how can we say that we truly believe and have faith?
Let us see what the Bible really says about the Faith and work of obedience:
· Belief in Jesus must be combined with putting that belief into action—feeding the hungry, ministering to others, etc. Faith and work are both essential: ” Jesus declared: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” – Matthew 25:40.
· On another occasion Jesus referred to faith as lifetime work. He urged a crowd not to “Labour for the food that perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life.” They asked: “What must we do to be doing the works of God ?” He replied: “This is the work of God that you believe in Him whom God has sent” -John 6:27-29.
· “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?”He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”- Matthew 22:36-40
· Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them—this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12
- 51 I assure you: If anyone keeps My word, he will never see death—ever!”-John 8:51
· The most pleasing work to God is the continuous exercise of faith in Christ as Saviour and Lord throughout our lives. One can indeed “believe” in Christ and yet lead a life that betrays that belief. Hence belief alone is not sufficient : ”It is not everyone that says to me, ‘My Lord, my Lord”, who enters the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever does the will of my Father who is in Heaven.- Matthew 7:21.
· “Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age, Amen”- Matthew 28:20.
· “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” John 14:23-24.
· “But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him”- 1 John 2:5
· ” If you love me, keep my commandments”- John 14:15
- 28 He said, “Even more, those who hear the word of God and keep it are blessed!”- Luke 11:28
• 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love- John 15:10
• “Blessings to those who do His Commandments; their authority shall be over The Tree of Life, and they shall enter The City by the gates.”- Revelation 22:14
• “And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him”- Hebrew 5:9
· “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” -Revelation 3:10.
· “Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”-John 3:3
· “And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— Revelation 2:26.
· “Whoever has my commands and keeps them, he does love me, but he who loves me shall be loved from my Father and I shall love him, and I shall show myself to him.”-John 14:21
· “Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:3.
· “God will render to every person according to his works; to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, God will give eternal life; but for those who . . . obey wickedness, there will be wrath and fury”- Rom 2:6-8.
· “24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin”- Romans 7:24-25
· “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God . . . [We are] created in Christ Jesus for good works”- Eph 2:8-10.
· “Ye are My friends if ye do whatsoever I command you”- John 15:14
· “Therefore by their fruits you will know them. 21″Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven”-Matthew 7:20-21.
· “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say? 47Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” – Luke 6:46-49
· 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”Matthew-7:24-27
18 A ruler asked Him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”19 “Why do you call Me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good but One—God. 20 You know the commandments:
Do not commit adultery;
do not murder;
do not steal;
do not bear false witness;
honour your father and mother.”-Luke 18:18-21
· “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. -Galatians 6:7-10.
· “ 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”-Ephesians 2:8-10.
· “18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”- Matthew 28:18-20
· Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled-Matthew 5:6.
· Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. -1Timothy 6:17-19.
“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” Hebrews 10:26-31(These verses show that sin, in all of its forms, cuts people off from God! God cannot bless, protect, heal, guide or save people who do not repent of and forsake sin. God is holy—He does not have contact with sin because of His perfect righteousness. Those who teach that the commandments of God are done away teach a false message and to be avoided)
· “14What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16and 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? 17Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe–and tremble! 20But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. 25Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. -James 2:14-26.
· “If you love me, you will keep my commandments . . . If a person loves me, He will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” -John 14:15-17, 23.
• 18 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. 19 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 5:18-19.
· 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
· Since I am speaking to those who understand law, brothers, are you unaware that the law has authority over someone as long as he lives?- Romans 7:1
· “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Revelation 20:12.
· 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.- 2 Corinthians 5:10-11
· “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”-Matthew 5:16.
· 17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear;- 1 Peter 1:17
· “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12.
· 15I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:15-16.
· Luke 16:19-31
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 “There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day. 20 But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was left at his gate. 21 He longed to be filled with what fell from the rich man’s table, but instead the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side.[a] The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24 ‘Father Abraham!’ he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!’
25 “‘Son,’[b] Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things, just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, while you are in agony. 26 Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us and you, so that those who want to pass over from here to you cannot; neither can those from there cross over to us.’
27 “‘Father,’ he said, ‘then I beg you to send him to my father’s house— 28 because I have five brothers—to warn them, so they won’t also come to this place of torment.’
29 “But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said. ‘But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’”
(They represent an amazing insight into the careless neglect and general disregard of God’s word that is so typical of human nature.
When taken together, these verses demonstrate that people who are determined not to obey God—who are determined not
to heed Moses and the prophets— won’t even be moved to action by a well-known person resurrected “from the dead”! What a stunning indictment of human stubbornness in the face of the plain truths of God. These verses contain a warning. Will you hear them? This is Christ’s instruction to an entire world that ignores the Bible)
· 5 But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed. 6 He will repay each one according to his works:[a] 7 eternal life to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour, and immortality; 8 but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth but are obeying unrighteousness; 9 affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek; 10 but glory, honour, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. 11 There is no favoritism with God.
21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through RIGHTEOUSNESS, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.- Romans 5:21
· What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? 2 Absolutely not!- Romans 6:1-2.
· 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey[a] its desires. 13 And do not offer any parts[b] of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts[c] of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness.-Romans 6:12-13.
· 15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! 16 Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone[d] as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were transferred[e] to, 18 and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. 19 I am using a human analogy[f] because of the weakness of your flesh.[g] For just as you offered the parts[h] of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification.-Romans 6:15-19.
· 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness.[i] 21 So what fruit was produced[j] then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification[k]—and the end is eternal life! 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.-Romans 6:20-23.
12 All those who sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all those who sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For the hearers of the law are not righteous before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous.[b] 14 So, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, instinctively do what the law demands, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law[c] is written on their hearts. Their consciences confirm this. Their competing thoughts will either accuse or excuse them[d] 16 on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel through Christ Jesus.- Romans 2:5-16
· The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[a] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say t
o 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.’ 44 “Then they also will answer Him,[b] saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”- Matthew 25:31-46
· The Great White Throne Judgment
11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God,[a] and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[b] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.- Revelation 20:11-15.
· But Jesus also demanded good works to go along with faith. A man came up to Him with a question about eternal salvation. “Teacher,” he asked, “what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” Jesus did not send him away or correct him. He didn’t say: “You are asking the wrong question; you need only to believe in me and you will be saved.” Rather Jesus said to him: “Keep the commandments . . . You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honour your father and mother, and love your neighbour as yourself” (Mathew 19:16-19). Rather than separate faith and works, Jesus closely united the two as being definitive to Christian life. That’s the undeniable implication of His great discourse we call “Sermon on the Mount.” The Sermon contains a vast amount of teachings and exhortations Christ expected His followers to learn and live by (Mat. chaps. 5-7). “Do not bear false witness . . . Love your enemies . . . Seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness . . . Judge not, that you be not judged” (Mat 5:33, 44; 6:33; 7:1). Jesus set down these teachings as the necessary standards of moral righteousness. At the end of the Sermon on the Mount He denounced the kind of faith that is only lip service. He said those who relied only on faith risked the loss of eternal salvation. He warned: “On that day many will call out to me ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy and cast out demons in your name?’ And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers’” (Mat 7:21-23). Works of mercy!
· 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”-John 8:31-32
· “They publicly declare they know God, but they disown him by their works, because they are detestable and disobedient and not approved for good work of any sort”.-Titus 1:16.
· 28 Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come out—those who have done good things, to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked things, to the resurrection of judgment.- John 5:28-29
· 7 Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, 8 because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit-Galatians 6:7-8
· 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.-Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
· For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works-Matthew 16:27.
· 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.-Matthew 5:17-20.
· “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.”- 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
· “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirrorand, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it–not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do.”-James 1:22-25.
· 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.- 1 John 5:3
· 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin[a] and those guilty of lawlessness.[b] 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.- Matthew 13:41-42
· 48 But He replied to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven, that person is My brother and sister and mother.”- Matthew 12:48-50
p; 12 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.- Philippians 2:12-13
· I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive- Romans 16:17-18
· ″Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.- Matthew 7:13-14
- The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.- Proverbs 1:7
- 7 Eternal life to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality;
8 but wrath and indignation to
those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth but are obeying unrighteousness; 9 affliction and
distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek; 10 but glory,
honor, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. 11 There
is no favoritism with God. 12 All those who sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and
all those who sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For the hearers of the law are not righteous
before God, but the doers of the law will be declared righteous.[a] 14 So, when Gentiles, who do not have the law,
instinctively do what the law demands, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the law. 15 They
show that the work of the law[b] is written on their hearts. Their consciences confirm this. Their competing thoughts
will either accuse or excuse them[c] 16 on the day when God judges what people have kept secret, according to my gospel
through Christ Jesus.- Romans 2:7-17.
- 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.- 1 John 2:3-6.
- This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.- 1 John 5:2
- “6 What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace
may multiply? 2 Absolutely not!”- Romans 6:1-2.
- ‘Whoever does not do what is right is not of God, especially the one who does not love his brother.’-1 John 3:10
- 7 What should we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin if it were not for the law. For example, I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, Do not covet.[d] 8- Romans 7:8.
- 22 For in my inner self[h] I joyfully agree with God’s law. -Romans 7:22.
- 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord![k] So then, with my mind I myself am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh, to the law of sin. – Romans 7:25.
· ‘31 Do we then cancel the law through
faith? Absolutely not! On the contrary, we uphold the law’-Romans 3:31
- “Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape
all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man”.- Luke 21:36
· Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect-Matthew 5:48 (How do you become perfect? Surely not by standing still, you become perfect by trying to be as God obedient as possible- by faith that monists in Christian actions)
Some people put too much focus on faith but forget to act on what God’s teaches while others do much without real faith i.e. investing and following unbiblical traditions. Hence, It must be both faith and obedience. People need to understand that real faith requires actions and obedience of God’s Commandments.
The Scriptures plainly teach that whilst faith turns a sinner into a saint, obedience is necessary to secure acceptance at the judgment seat of Christ.
We should remember that Jesus was obedient to God not because so we don’t have to, but because the real love for God is to be obedient to Him and Jesus gave us a perfect example of what the true love is which is through the obedience to God.
Although nobody is perfect and we do sin, whether voluntary or involuntary, but we should at least attempt to be obedient and resist the sins and temptations of our human flesh. Life is a learning curve and obedience is a continuous learning process throughout our lives.
The real belief is manifested in one’s actions and observance of what God had taught us through Jesus, the Messiah. That is the real faith. Amen.