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To the One Who Does Not Work, But Believes

September 11, 2014

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To the One  Who Does Not Work,  But Believes

It’s impossible  to figure out  why some people believe  what they believe  —  in spite of  much clear evidence  to the contrary.     When their false belief  is in regard  to Christian doctrine,  it’s possible  that they don’t spend time reading God’s word  —  or that the influence  of various things  and false preachers  in this world  have them confused  —  or that they are,  in fact,  false teachers,  who do not believe  God’s word  to us,  so they want  to destroy faith  in everyone else.

We need  to figure out  just what we believe  —  and whether or not  we believe  what God’s word tells us.

Romans 4:3 quotes Genesis 15:6  by saying,

Abraham believed God,  and it was credited  to him  as righteousness.

We need  to realize  that believing God  makes us  “righteous”  in God’s eyes  —  just because believing  is doing  what is  truly right  and good.     We are all  still sinners  in all sorts  of ways,  but  when we sinners  truly believe God,  it so pleases Him  that He does not count  our sins  against us.     So,  Romans 4:5 goes on  to say,

But  to the one  who does not work,  but believes  in Him  who justifies  the ungodly,  his faith  is credited  as righteousness.

Paul is emphasizing  the fact  that a person  who honestly  believes  God  is not going  to secretly imagine  he has also got  to do some good works  to make really sure God  approves  of him  —  he’s trying  to earn heaven  —  regardless  of God’s promises.     Such a sneaky person  is not really  trusting  or loving the LORD.     If we’re not really  trusting the LORD,  we are underhandedly imagining God  to be an untrustworthy liar.

So,  what might God think  of such thoughts?

They are self-condemning.

But,  someone will quickly point to James 2:20-24,

But  are you willing  to recognize,  you foolish fellow,  that faith  without works  is useless?     Was not Abraham  our father  justified by works  when he offered up Isaac  his son  on the altar?    

You see that faith  was working  with his works,  and as a result  of the works,  faith was perfected;  and the Scripture was fulfilled  which says,  “And Abraham believed God,  and it was reckoned  to him  as righteousness,”  and he was called the friend of God.

You see  that a man is justified  by works  and not by faith alone.

With this,  do we have to say  we are really saved  by works?      Absolutely not  —  because our desire  to do good things  to the glory  of God  is simply a way  of showing  an honest love.     We are not trying  to earn  God’s favor.     It’s as 1 John 4:19  says,

We love,  because He first loved us.

We express love  by doing good.     Therefore 1 John 5:3  says,

For this is the love  of God,  that we keep His commandments;  and His commandments  are not burdensome.

As we love  God’s goodness  and lovingly imitate His goodness,  we are putting our faith  into action,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the depths  of Your saving love  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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