Faith vs Works
1. We must have faith in Christ to be saved.
|Rom 3:21 we are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ||Rom 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.|
|Gal 3:26 we become sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ||Gal 2:15 man is not justified by observing the Law, but by faith in Jesus Christ|
|1 Jn 3:23 Believe in the name Jesus Christ||Jn 1:12-13 to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God|
|Gal 2:20 I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me & gave himself for me||Gal 3:24 the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith|
|Gal 3:22 Whole world is a prisoner of sin so the promise, being given in Christ might be given to those who believe|
Summary: Christ is the object of our faith, being born again makes us
2. We are justified by faith alone.
|Rom 1:17 / Gal 3:11 The righteous will live by faith||Gal 3:6 /3:24 faith justifies- it is credited as righteousness|
|Gal 5:23-23 If you want the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our lives to his (see Jn 15:4,5) We must know him &imitate him||Gal 5:5 By faith we eagerly await through the spirit the righteousness for which we hope|
3. We cannot boast of our works because we are not saved by them.
|Rom 4:2 If in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about-but not before God.||Rom 4:3 What does scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."|
|Gal 5:4 If you try being justified by the law (works) you will alienate yourself from Christ||Rom 3:27-28 Where then is boasting?...For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.|
|Gal 3:3 you cannot obtain salvation through human effort||Gal 3:6-9 real Christians are those who have faith not those who keep the law (Hab 2:4)|
|Gal 3:10 Anyone who relies on the law is under a curse (Duet 27:6 Rom 3:20-24)||Gal 5:4 If you try being justified by the law you will alienate yourself from Christ|
|Phil 3:3 Put no confidence in the flesh(works, credentials)|
Summary: Gal 3:3 One cannot obtain salvation through human effort
(ie giving to the poor, witnessing to your faith door to door, being good etc)
4. Works are the fruit(result) of our faith.
* We must have the Holy Spirit if we
are to produce good works
|Gal 6:15 What counts is new creation (spiritual rebirth)|
|Gal 5:16-18 we are called to live by the Spirit|
|Jn 3:5-8 You must be born of water and the spirit|
Once you are 'spiritually alive' you then can produce the fruit of your faith...
|Jn 15:4 If you don't remain in Christ you cannot bear fruit||Gal 5:22 The Spirit produces the character traits
that are found in the nature of|
|Gal 5:23-23 If you want the Spirit to grow in us,
we must join our lives to his (see Jn 15:4,5) We must know him &
|Gal 2:21 If righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing (you cannot please God by what you do apart from Christ)|
|Jas 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such a faith support him?||Jas 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.|
|Jas 2:22 You see that faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did|
PRINCIPLES OF FAITH ACCORDING TO JAMES
|1) Commitment (essential to faith). You cannot be
a Christian by affirming the right doctrines or agreeing with Biblical|
|2) Right actions(works) are a by-product of true faith (genuine Christian will have a changed faith)|
|3) Faith without good deeds is useless (James 2:14)
* Deeds of a loving service are not a substitute for, but rather a|
verification of our faith in Christ (Jas 2:17) (NIV BIBLE NOTES)
Scripture quotations taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright (c) 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.