Are You Producing the Fruits of Your Faith?
Have you ever heard the phrase “catch-22”? It usually means there is a problem that has a solution that is prohibited by the problem itself. An example of this would be, if you need glasses to see, and you lose your glasses, now you can’t find them because you need you need your glasses to look for them
Not exactly in the same vain as a “catch-22”, but a puzzle nonetheless, is this theological problem: We cannot be saved with good works, but neither can we be saved without good works. How can this even be possible? The Bible clearly says we are saved by grace through faith, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). This is true, but it also says that faith without works is dead (James 2:17). So how can this be, is this just one of those contradictions people say are in the Bible? Not at all, there are no contradictions in the Bible. Actually, we can be saved without good works—we saw this example when Jesus was on the cross and the thief on the cross who died immediately after placing his faith in Christ (Luke 23:43). As a rule, good works are evidence of our faith. If you are a true Christian then when you became a born again true Christian, you were given a new heart and that heart has the desire to do as Jesus did and to love others, to produce the fruit of the Spirit. If you are not living this life style and producing these fruits, then this is where you need to take a good look in the mirror and evaluate whether you truly are saved or you are just saying you are? This work and lifestyle is a sign that our faith is alive and well (Ephesians 2:10).
We should look regularly—examine ourselves—for the fruits of our faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5)
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