James 2:18 Show Me Your Faith

James 2:18 (KJV)
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.

I knew a lady once, she’s passed away now, who refused to get baptized because she said she wanted to prove a Christian can go to heaven without being baptized. She had a friend who professed to be a Christian but refused to attend church because she wanted to prove she could go to heaven without being a member of or attending church. They were demonstrating their faith, they believed, by their works, or lack of it. 

I supposed every sort of faith has some sort of work associated with it, even if the work is not to work.  I wish to point out that our actions tell a great deal about our faith – what we believe. I would go so far as to say our work shows our true faith much more than our words do. 

  • One person’s faith compels him to be very religious. He does what he does because he believes these things earn him a spot in heaven. 
  • Another person’s faith sets them to work building up churches. His faith leads him to believe that if he won’t do it neither will God. 
  • I want my faith to show that I believe in a living and present God, with whom I have a true and personal relationship. 

And I would like to lead others to know Him in the same way. 

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Hebrews 13:3 Remember Them

Hebrews 13:3 (KJV)
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

I maintain that the penman of The Book of Hebrews is Apostle Paul. One of the chief pieces of evidence of that is the ending. It is Paul’s “signature” to close in grace. There is also the reference to Italy in the final verse. Paul, we know, was imprisoned in Rome until his execution. 

But the subscription to the letter says it was “Written to the Hebrews from Italy, by Timothy.”  I do not believe this means Timothy wrote the letter but that he was the one who carried and delivered it. This being the case, verse 3 has a direct relationship to Paul who, for reasons it is not my purpose to discuss just now, chose to keep his identity discreet. He was in bonds. He wished for their prayers on his behalf. 

For the first time in my life Christian, in the United States may face bonds of their own. It will not likely be the majority of us, but it could certainly be some of us. We’ve faced some troubles in past years over our Christian schools and homes for the wayward. That was limited to just a select handful of believers and it could be avoided by simply not being involved in those ministries. Today the target is our right to assemble and the Supreme Court just issued an opinion that, in effect, made the First Amendment of none effect. Unless something changes real drastically and real soon, we could find Christians in bond for nothing more than assembling together. 

If and when that happens, remembering one another in prayer will be critical. 

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Hebrews 11:39-40 Some Better Thing

Hebrews 11:39-40 (KJV)
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

It occurs to me what a selfless act it was on the part of these believers to live in faith. 

They lived by faith and obtained a good report
A life of faith does that. I confess that sometimes, as was the case in their day, that “good report” was before God and not man. Still they obtained it. 

They accepted a good report rather than the promises
We all desire to receive the promises of God, do we not? These believers were satisfied to receive a good report rather than God’s promises. 

They accepted that there awaited something better than those promises
That was to be perfected; but more, to be perfected with us. 

The most unselfish thing we can do is to live a good testimony in difficult times so that others might come to be saved and then, later, perfected with us. 

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Hebrews 4:7-8 Another Day

Hebrews 4:7-8 (KJV)
Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

Just last week I had a conversation with a church member who, during this stay at home order, has been exposed to a Seventh Day Adventist. It’s his care giver so she has regular contact with him where I do not. He asked me if we could start having church on Saturday because that’s the Sabbath. I explained to him the purpose of the Sabbath and the different purpose of the first day of the week, the Lord’s day. 

Judaizers, such as the Seventh Day Adventists, have hardened their hearts to the message of the Gospel. They preach obedience to the Law as a means of grace. We worship on Sunday specifically to acknowledge that the death, burial and resurrection provides us absolute grace and perfect salvation. 

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Philemon 1:6 Effective Witnessing

Philemon 1:6 (KJV)
That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

I cannot imagine that there is such a thing as a Christian who doesn’t want to communicate his faith effectively. Perhaps we have different ideas of what this communication is, but a genuine Christian wants to share his faith with others. To that end notice:

It will require prayer
The effectual communication of faith is not possible in the power of the flesh. We must have the power, the energy of the Holy Spirit. That must be obtained through prayer. In this case Paul prayed for this energy for another. I suggest that, in order to have such Holy Spirit effectiveness, we need both our own prayers and those of another. 

The acknowledging of our faith. 
The word means “perfect knowledge”. I believe it must come from two directions:
First, we must acknowledge those things God has done in us. 
This is, after all, the heart of witnessing. We speak from experience. In this case we transfer all the glory of these good things to Jesus Christ in us. 
Second, those knowing us must be able to admit there is a good thing in us. 
It will do little good to tell them that we have something good, and we received it from Jesus unless they can acknowledge, they see some good thing in us. We need the good thing and we need to willingly allow it to be seen. Then we need that God will open the eyes of others to see it and hear us that it is from Jesus Christ. 

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Titus 1:15 A Sanctifying Tendency

Titus 1:15 (KJV)
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

Unto the pure all things are pure.” What a convicting thought. Right away let’s dismiss that this teaches the believer can do anything and believe anything because his faith makes it impossible for him to be defiled. 

Albert Barnes believes there’s is an allusion to the meats question of Romans 14. He expands upon that and writes, “that every ordinance of religion, every command of God, every event that occurs in divine Providence, tends to promote the holiness of one who is of pure heart. He can see a sanctifying tendency in everything”.

We have been dealt a difficult blow of late. We have had liberty snatched from us overnight and our neighbors are the very people likely to turn us in if they believe we are practicing liberty.[1]  It’s easy right now to complain pretty loudly. 

The pure mind and heart will seek the “sanctifying tendency” of even this difficulty. 


[1] I suspect, however, that many of those breaking the laws regarding travel are the very ones voting in the people who have confined us.

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2 Timothy 3:1 Like Never Before

2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV)
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

When I became a believer, back in the late seventies, passages like this one were the talk of the church. The songs, the Christian films, the sermon series, it seemed, were all surrounded around this subject. It seems like the urgency of the last days has waned over the years I have been a Christian. Churches have become more application oriented, help oriented, comfort and encouragement oriented, counsel oriented. For good or for bad, though we would all still agree that these are the last days, that hasn’t been the hot topic of preaching. 

Perhaps that’ll change. 

I am not sure what will be the eventual outcome of this virus and the subsequent shut down of everything, including churches. 

  • I’ve been reminded that Baptist churches historically never sought government permission to do what we do. We were almost always the target of governments because we preached separation of church and state. 
  • I’ve been reminded why, when I began as a Christian, we didn’t pass out directories of church members. 
  • I’ve been reminded that the course of this world is toward a one world, anti-God system. And

I have seen how quickly such a thing can come to pass. 

Whether these are the final hours of the last days, I cannot say. It is possible we will pull out of this tailspin into catastrophe to an amazing revival. I pray so. 

What I do think is worth noting, and bears no speculation, is that this chapter, that begins with a warning of perilous times, ends with an assurance that every Word of Scripture is God breathed and profitable.[1]

We need to read, study and meditate upon it today like never before!


[1] 2 Timothy 3-16-17 (KJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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2 Timothy 2:19 No Confusion Here

2 Timothy 2:19 (KJV)
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Once in a while a person needs to step away from all the confusion and anxiety of daily life to simply focus on what is true and sure. The Apostle Paul gives us two of those sureties in this verse. 

The LORD Knows them that are His

  • Do you belong to the Lord? 
  • Have you called upon Him to save you? 
  • Does the Holy Spirit of God witness to your own spirit that you are the child of God? 
  • Do you hear His voice? 
  • Are you constrained to follow His voice? 

The Lord knows His own. You haven’t been out of His sight. You are not lost to God. You are not wandering your path alone. 

Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity 
There’s nothing to pray about here. A Christian walks away from sin, iniquity, and transgressions. He or she quits them in his or her own life. They avoid the influence of those that would lead them into sin. They remove themselves from the fellowship of those that do iniquity. 

Life is confusing sometimes. We do not have to be confused about these. 

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1 Timothy 6:20-21 Avoiding Science (so-called)

1 Timothy 6:20-21 (KJV)
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. 

Two “sciences” seem to be on the front of everyone’s minds these days:
One of them is medical science
Every day a medical expert tells us what we have to do to avoid dying of the Chinese coronavirus. It is sometimes difficult to remember that these so-called scientists are merely giving their opinions. It is a practice, not a perfection. They make guesses and, though educated ones, there is an equal number of medical experts whose guess is almost the opposite. 

The other is political science 
It shows up mostly in the form of opinions concerning what the U.S. Constitution does and does not allow. Every one of us can read the Constitution for ourselves. The fact is, the U.S. Supreme Court has long embraced a dynamic interpretation of it. This means that it is not what the Constitution says that is enacted as law, but what the current SCOTUS decides the Constitution means in our time. 

It is an error of faith for a preacher to become too heavily engaged in either of these sciences. It’s not our work. That which has been committed to our trust is the Word of God. We will not err concerning the faith if we keep to that.

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1 Timothy 4:12 Be An Example

1 Timothy 4:12 (KJV)
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Timothy was a preacher and it is certainly true that preachers, above all people, ought to be an example. But I wish to contend that this is true of all Christians, not just preachers. 

Be thou an example
In word
My, how our words ought to become godliness. These days, with the Chinese Coronavirus testing our faith as well as our patience this is especially true. Even more so because, with social media, we can “vent” to the whole world. 

Be thou an example
In conversation 
This means lifestyle. I don’t imagine it hurts anything more repeat from the first point how important it is that we are an example in our verbal conversations but in this case, the point is that we are an example in our day to day life. 

Be thou an example
In charity
We commonly call this love, but it really is more specific than that. It is love for our church. 

Be thou an example
In spirit
The spirit is that part of us that connects with God. Walk with God. Follow God. Obey God. 

Be thou an example 
In faith
This is both how we trust God and what we believe about God. Faith is our doctrine. Be an example in the absolute assurance of Whom you trust and what you believe. 

Be thou an example
In purity
Holiness, blameless, righteousness. If the world is to accuse you in this evil day let it be because of your convictions and not for other reasons. 

The world is living in fear today. In every area of life be above board. That way when you obey God rather than men, they must see that it is not your nature to be disobedient. 

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