James 2, New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
2 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. 5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? 8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; 14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 18 But 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[e] works. 25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
1 Corinthians 1:27
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”
28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the
before you. kingdom of God
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.
To refresh you memory of the Law or the Ten Commandments:
Deuteronomy 5, (NKJV)
5 And Moses called all
, and said to
them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing
today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them. Israel
My Comments: If one is not saved or Born Again one is subject to the Laws of God as given to Moses and they are written on our hearts. When one is Born Again one out of love lives a life pleasing to Abba Father and because of the love of God within it is easier to keep His precepts. A person who has had loving parents understands this.
When a child knows the rules of the family and follows them it is either because of fear of being punished or out of love and not wanting to disappoint the ones we love.
This is the same in essence with before we knew the love and indwelling of the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit. When we are Born Again and He comes to dwell within us He guides us to do the things that please Him though Jesus when still with the Apostles said He had two Commands, Love God and love your neighbor as all the law hinges on these two. If we love God we will not want to do anything that will bring shame on His name. We are His children and carry the righteousness of God and all we do reflects on Him as our Abba Father just like all we did in life before reflected on our earthly families’ name.
This is the faith of knowing and loving the Lord. We take Him at His word. We trust Him to take care of us and even when things seem at their darkest we trust His loves us and has our best in mind for us as long as we keep our eyes and hearts on Him and trust with faith that it is so. This is also why we keep His commandments willingly and they become light because we know we are saved, we are going to Heaven our true home when we leave here, we are made righteous by the blood of the Lamb on the Cross.
We can know someone who is Born Again by their works. Works do not save. One cannot purchase salvation through works nor can they get to Heaven by a formula. One must confess they are a sinner in need of the Salvation Jesus offers and accept Jesus as their Savior then they are made righteous. Not a formula but the only way to salvation. Once one is righteous one wants to please the Lord God and one looks for ways to work in His vineyard and helps in the planting, cultivating and harvest and keeps the Commands knowing when the fall and stumble as they will, that Jesus is there to pick them up, dust them off and give them the renewing waters that flow freely through Him to all who are His. To be under the Law is never to keep it fully and to be condemned. To be made righteous is to be forgiven and assured of a place in Heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray you know the Lord or will accept Him as your Savior and no longer be under the Law and condemnation. Salvation through Jesus brings freedom and life.
Abba Father, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die on the Cross for our sin and to obtain for us eternal salvation and righteousness. Give us a thirst for Your word and give us Your strength to do all You want for us to do and to become completely Yours.
Jesus You are our King of glory and we praise You for bringing us salvation and for showing us the way to live our lives to bring glory to Abba Father. Thank You for Your sacrifice on the Cross. Help us to carry our crosses and to rely on You completely.
Holy Spirit, fill us with Your presence and guide, teach, fill us with wisdom and knowledge that we may live our lives to bring glory to Abba Father. Thank You for all You do to turn hearts to Jesus.
In Jesus name I pray to the Father in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen