Dead Is Dead! – April 22, 2016
James 2:14, What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 20You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. 25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
1 Peter 2:12, Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.
In my blogs this week, we have looked at what James, the brother of Jesus, says about the important relationship between faith and works. Remember, a faith claimed is a faith acted upon, faith without works is ineffective, talk is cheap and your faith needs to get in gear! The fifth thought about faith this week is that dead is dead! You read that right, dead is dead! James said in James 2:26: “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” In other words, dead is dead!
Years ago, prior to all our medical advancements in technology, physical death was simply defined as ceasing to breath, having no pulse, and the heart stopped beating. As a result, dead was defined as the persistent absence of movement and a lack of vital signs. In a similar fashion, James the brother of Jesus, was saying our faith, if alive and well, should have corresponding movement and vital signs. So a living faith will have a heartbeat; it will have breath, and the body will be moving all for the purpose of producing good deeds. Speaking of movement, one of the best movements you can make is to the house of worship on Sunday morning. Hope to see you at Cottonwood Creek @ 9:30, 11:00 or 6:15p
Think about it…and have a blessed weekend!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D