James 2:14 - 19
NKJV - 14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food.
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Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. The object of our should be God. Because it's ONLY by the grace of God, through faith (in the finished work of Jesus on the cross), that we can be saved. And that faith in God should always be through Jesus Christ. Why? Because Jesus is the ONLY way to God. John 14:6 Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus Himself is the author and finisher of our faith. The unsaved can't be (nor, should they be) the object of our faith. Although, we should share the love of God with them.
First, I apologize for my grammar and uneducated writing. To answer, "What is our objective perspective action pertaining to faith?" this would be how some may phrase the question. Hebrew chapter 11 answers this question in detail. We as believers in Christ ought to view our action subjectively and objectively. What do we feel in our hearts which led us to repent and have we noticed changes? Faith in Jesus is more than just saying we believe, Cain believed God, satan talked to God, and the Hebrews saw all Gods power in the desert, still they all turned their backs on God. John 14 teaches our true acceptance of Jesus and the changing heart through repentance. As Christians we say subjective thoughts, what we want others to view us as being, but our action are closely being observed by all coming to know us. 1 Thessalonians 4 Paul states how we will help others see the glory of Jesus working in our lives. It is not what we do personally or what we feel is necessary but through the Holy Spirit which becomes our object. We need to allow God to do His work in us, through us, and we as Christians should focus protecting the Holy Spirit which is in us by praying continuously, reading Gods instructions, and listening to Gods voice through His divine spoken words. Jesus said not worry what we will say, but to stay focused on what Jesus has said. By this the object of our faith is Gods success in bring home His lost sheep. God bless you all and whom may read this.
The unsaved are the object of our faith. We are to love them and show them gods love. We are not to be isolated for them, we are to be in the world but not of the world. We have the answer to eternal life in heaven with god and by us not sharing our faith in the grace of god through his resurrected son. Is to not give people the key to eternal peace with god. The unsaved are te object
James has introduced us to two kinds of faith that can never save the sinner: dead faith (the intellect alone), and demonic faith (the intellect and the emotions). He closes this section by describing the only kind of faith that can save the sinner—dynamic faith. Dynamic Faith (Jas 2:20-26) Dynamic faith is faith that is real, faith that has power, faith that results in a changed life. James described this true saving faith. To begin with, dynamic saving faith is based on the Word of God. We receive our spiritual rebirth through God’s Word (Jas 1:18). We receive the Word, and this saves us (Jas 1:21). “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Ro 10:17). James used Abraham and Rahab as illustrations of dynamic saving faith since both of them heard and received the message of God through His Word. Faith is only as good as its object. The man in the jungle bows before an idol of stone and trusts it to help him, but he receives no help. No matter how much faith a person may generate, if it is not directed at the right object, it will accomplish nothing. “I believe” may be the testimony of many sincere people, but the big question is, “In whom do you believe? What do you believe?” We are not saved by faith in faith; we are saved by faith in Christ as revealed in His Word. Dynamic faith is based on God’s Word, and it involves the whole man. Said another way, “True faith indeed has no causal influence on salvation, or has any virtue and efficacy in itself to save; Christ, object of faith, is the only cause and author of salvation.” – John Gill Dead faith touches only the intellect; demonic faith involves both the mind and the emotions, but dynamic faith involves the will. The whole person plays a part in true saving faith. The mind understands the truth; the heart desires the truth, and the will acts upon the truth. The men and women of faith named in Hebrews 11 were people of action: God spoke, and they obeyed. Again, “Faith is not believing in spite of evidence; faith is obeying in spite of consequence. “True saving faith leads to action. Dynamic faith is not intellectual contemplation or emotional consternation; it leads to obedience on the part of the will. And this obedience is not an isolated event: it continues throughout the whole life. It leads to works. Many different kinds of works are named in the New Testament. “The works of the law” (Gal. 2:16) relate to the sinner’s attempt to please God by obeying the law of Moses. Of course, it is impossible for a sinner to be saved through the works of the law. “The works of the flesh” (Gal. 5:19) are done by unsaved people who live for the things of the old nature. There are also “wicked works” (Col. 1:21) and “dead works” (Heb. 9:14). Where there is dynamic faith—saving faith—you will always find good works. WWW Lawrence Richards on Paul and James - James stresses the work of the believer in relation to faith; Paul stresses the work of Christ in relation to faith. James is concerned that the outcome of faith be fruit (Jas 2:14) so that no one is able to confuse creed with Christianity; Paul is concerned that the object of faith is Christ, unmixed with self-reliance or self-righteousness.
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