In recent times, you may have heard that we are saved by faith only and works or fruits are actually the evidence of it and not a requirement for our salvation.
What is Faith?
Acts 24:24-25 And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”
Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith in Christ always includes works. This is exactly what James said.
Jas 2:24, 26 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. …. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Faith is Evidence-less!
Faith in Christ will not have evidence because, faith is the substance of things like Eternal Life we hoped for, the evidence for which not seen. If anyone says to you that works are only a sign or evidence for the faith we have, they are liars and they don’t speak about the faith as mentioned in the Bible.
Some consider Faith that has evidence of works “Saving Faith”. Saving Faith requires works as evidence. This is a theologically incorrect statement. As we saw earlier, there is no such thing as evidence for faith. A faith that requires evidence is not faith at all. The truth is, faith always includes works.
Today’s deception is that, we are saved by Faith in Christ not of ourselves and all the works we do like righteousness and holiness are because we love Him and are evidences for our Faith in Christ. Please note that this is a big lie. Faith in Christ will not have any evidence but rather works are always part of our Faith in Christ.
Rev 3:5 “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
We have an ongoing requirement to overcome and make sure our names in the Book of Life is not blot out.
Faith includes Works
We are saved by Faith in Christ which includes righteousness, self-control and judgment. It does not include works of the law like ‘do not murder’ and ‘do not commit adultery’ etc but it does include the commandments from Christ which are not of the law but works apart from the law, like ‘do not even hate in your heart’ and ‘do not even look at a women with lust’, which are the righteousness of God.
Do you still think your works are just an evidence? Don’t be deceived. Faith always includes works. Your salvation may depend on it.