heart of the believer. As never before, faith comes directly to Christ, abides in him and finds his promise true: ?Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world? ( <402820>Matthew 28:20). ?Nothing before, nothing behind; The steps of faith Fall on the seeming void and find The Rock beneath.?
(d) That faith necessarily leads to good works, since it embraces the whole truth of God so far as made known, and appropriates Christ, not only as an external Savior, but as an internal sanctifying power ( <580715>Hebrews 7:15, 16; <480506> Galatians 5:6).
Good works are the proper evidence of faith. The faith, which does not lead men to act upon the commands and promises of Christ or, in other words, does not lead to obedience, is called in Scripture a ?dead,? that is, an unreal faith. Such faith is not saving since it lacks the voluntary element ? actual appropriation of Christ ( <590214>James 2:14-26).
<580715> Hebrews 7:15,16 ? ?another priest, who hath been made, not after the law of a carnal commandment but after the power of an endless life?; <480506> Galatians 5:6 ? ?For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but with working through love?; <590214>James 2:14, 26 ? What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but have not works? Can that faith save him? ...For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead.?
The best evidence that I believe a man?s word is that I act upon it. Instance the bank cashier?s assurance to me that a sum of money is deposited with him to my account. If I am a millionaire, the communication may cause me no special joy. Just as my faith in the cashier?s word is tested by my going for the money or not, so my faith in Christ is evidenced by my acting upon his commands and promises. We may illustrate also by the lifting of the trolley to the wire and the resulting light and heat and motion to the car that before stood dark and cold and motionless upon the track.
Salvation by works is like getting to one?s destination by pushing the car. True faith depends upon God for energy but it results in activity of all our powers. <450328>Romans 3:28 ? ?We reckon therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.? We are saved only by faith, yet this faith will be sure to bring forth good works. see <480506>Galatians 5:6 ? ?faith working through love.? Dead faith might be illustrated by Abraham Lincoln?s Mississippi steamboat, whose whistle was so big that, when it
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