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No. 0     Original Topic: Faith without works is dead   
By:  Becca288   Gender: F   Age: 36   on  Nov 15, 2015 at 4:59 AM   Viewed 7627 times     
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17)

I would like to share what the Father revealed to me, through his word, about what saving faith is.

Firstly I want to start out by saying, the Father has revealed to me to not leave off the repentance part of the gospel message, because God's revealing his way of salvation through his Son causes us to experience a simultaneous repentance and belief, if we believe.

This is why it says in God's word, "Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 20:21).

Basically believing God is repenting of unbelief, and I think this is biblically accurate if you compare all the scripture passages on this, because unbelief, rejecting the gospel, is the unpardonable sin. Our acceptance or rejection of the gospel in measured by our confession and actions, which either prove or deny our confession.

mod right here to add this verse:
Matthew 12:36
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Also, see Ephesians 5.

So how can there be two things - repentance and faith - if in many Bible passages it says only "belief". It's so important to take the word of God as a whole, and not merely interpret Scripture by cherry picking. In fact, this is why it is not good to push aside the Old Testament and just read the New Testament, as many church congregations do in Asia.

So, to reiterate: Repentance of what? Unbelief. So this is why the Bible says repent and believe the gospel. "And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." (Mark 1:15)

And this is why it says in the book of 2 Peter, chapter 3 verse 9, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

Why didn't he use the word "belief"? Because, if you believe, you have turned from (repented of) your unbelief.

Again, Matthew 9:13, it reads, "But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

Why didn't he use the word "belief"? Because, if you believe, you have turned from (repented of) your unbelief.

Please forgive me for repeating myself, but this is so crucial because false doctrines of grace have come about because of people not understanding this - hyper Calvinism comes to mind, who say wrongly that repentance is a work which would cause someone to earn salvation. This is not true, they just don't understand their Bibles because they have Calvinism, and not God's word, in their heads, so they read God's word through the Calvinist lens so to speak. I'm not trying to pick on Calvinists, because it is true that each denomination does this but they are wrong for doing it. It's called doing eisegesis instead of doing proper exegesis. John Calvin didn't do proper exegesis, or hermeneutics, because he idolized Augustine, who got his ideas from the pagan Greek philosophers, and there are more and more people waking up to this historical fact, thankfully.

Eisegesis means: The interpretation of a text (as of the Bible) by reading into it one's own ideas.

It makes me sad that many Bible teachers, who love and use the KJV, still have their false denominational doctrines in their minds, which come out in their preaching. So, even though they have the KJV, they are still teaching the doctrines of men that they have been brainwashed with at their denominational church or in their seminary.

“The matter is quite simple. The bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world? Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.”
― Søren Kierkegaard, Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard

I know diddly squat about the life or writings of Kierkegaard, but I know enough about mankind and history to know he hit the nail on the head with at least this one thing he wrote, which may be the only thing I ever read of his.

This is why, even when going through articles written in defense of the KJV I have to be careful of the false doctrine cow patties. It's not that they are wrong about the KJV; they are wrong on points of interpreting some parts of the Bible due to their particular denominational lens that they are viewing the word of God through. When these same Bible teachers leave off talking about their Baptist or Calvinist or whatever man-made doctrines, they are brilliant at defending God's word: God, having given them this ability. A few examples of where they stumble would be the false doctrines of The Rapture, which includes the false doctrine of dispensationalism; or the Traditionalist view of hell; or their wrong understanding of the gospel, which I'm going to call hyper grace because they say repentance is a work.

When KJV Bible teachers slip those false doctrines into their articles defending the KJV, it really grieves me. I wish they would just stick to defending God's word and not insert their false doctrines into their articles or videos, because it's not necessary to even mention The Rapture doctrine, for instance, while defending the KJV as God's preserved word in English.

To be fair, no exegesis is fully free of eisegesis, because our worldview will determine how we interpret the evidence.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)

more on this evidence later.....


Exegesis means: To interpret a text by way of a thorough analysis of its content by finding out what the Spirit originally was saying through its author in that Bible passage.


Okay, now it can be easy to understand the true gospel of grace, if we simply read God's word and tune out ALL the doctrines of men that have accumulated in our brains over the years.


Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:10)


So what is works, and why is our faith dead without it? Glad you asked.

John 14:15
If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Commandments are not the ordinances of the law, which were done away with at the cross: keeping sabbath days, tithing, and sacrificing animals.

So what are God's commandments? It's staring us right in the face all throughout the Scripture.

God's commandments are summed up as two things, as Jesus said

1) "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." (Mark 12:30)

2) "And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:31)

God is our nearest and dearest neighbor. What we do to man, we do to him! (See Matthew 25:31-46)

Now, if we love God, then we will believe his gospel (fulfilling the first commandment) and we will love one another (fulfilling the second commandment).

"And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment." (1 John 3:23)

Do you see? Because, remember that repentance is believing God's gospel, and the unpardonable sin is unbelief.

Here are some verses to maybe drive the point home, if you're having trouble seeing it:

Romans 4:3
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Galatains 3:6
Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

James 2:23
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Leviticus 19:18
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 19:34
But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Matthew 19:19
Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Matthew 22:39
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Mark 12:31
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Luke 10:27
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

Romans 13:9
For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Galatians 5:14
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

James 2:8
If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:


So, when the word of God says faith without works is dead, it does not mean that you have to earn salvation by keeping the old ordinances under the law, because salvation is the gift of God unto all who believe. We do good works because the Spirit of Christ dwells in us, if we are truly saved (Romans 8:9-11; John 14:17), guiding us into all truth (John 16:13; 1 John 2:27). The gift we are given by God is not the ability to believe - as the Calvinist wrongly teach that we don't have a free will - but eternal life is the gift of God's grace unto all who believe the gospel (Romans 6:23). When people misunderstand what the gift of God is, then they are also mistaken when it comes to their view of hell, thinking God gives eternal life to the wicked. The judgment of God is final, unquenchable, and eternal, not the wicked. Everlasting life is the gift of God unto all who believe the gospel of his grace. Praise God for his gift!


We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. (1 John 3:14)

Now let's talk about the evidence. The evidence of faith is no longer living in unbelief, and this manifests itself as doing the will of God, not our own will. The will of God is mercy and justice, or, doing righteousness, as the Holy Spirit says through John. Basically faith without love - doing the will of God by keeping his commandments - is dead.

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? James answers this question for us: No.

James 2:
MY brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.


This is why the Holy Spirit through Paul says, "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." (1 Timothy 5:8)

And

"But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." (Hebrews 3:13)

"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." (Galatians 6:1)

"If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it." (1 John 5:16)


Basically, if you believe or not, it will show in your actions, because your actions show - for the most part - your heart. This doesn't mean you will be able to obey flawlessly the first time or your thrown out. Sanctification is a process that lasts our whole flesh life.

As an aside: Salvation is not a process, as Roman Catholics believe, but sanctification is. Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd who takes very good care over this sheep. He isn't going to give up on you unless you commit the unpardonable sin.
A lot of people freak out about what the unpardonable sin because no one teaches them what it is. If you're worried about having committed it, because you love God, then you have not committed it. You would know if you had committed it because it's a willful and deliberate unrepentant action to walk away from God, like Satan did, not something people do ignorantly without knowing it.

"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." (James 4:17)

But you can still repent and be forgiven... (Galatians 6:1; 1 John 5:16)

"Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." (2 Corinthians 7:9-10)


Matthew 21:
28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

This will hopefully help someone out there to understand what blaspheme against the Holy Ghost means in Mark 3:28-30 and Luke 12:10. They would be rejecting, not ignorantly, the holy Spirit whereby those who believe are sealed unto the day of redemption (Luke 11:13; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:8). They can't be saved without receiving the holy Spirit (Romans 8; 1 Peter 1:2 2 Corinthians 3:3), which is the evidence of someone being God's child (John 15; Ephesians 1 & 5; Galatians 5). The Lord's great mercy should never be taken for granted.


To drive the point home even further, I went looking for the best visual video aides I could find on this truth: faith without works is dead. These videos below are not perfect by any means, but will hopefully give those who need it, a clearer understanding of how true saving faith manifests itself, and how it does not.


Visual Aides


Disclaimer: I know diddly squat about the individuals or ministries who put out these videos. I'm only posting these videos as a visual aide. I do not endorse whatever denomination the individuals belong to, nor is this an endorsement for anything else they may teach! So if you look into their stuff further, be careful of the false doctrine cow pies. I'm just saying....


Faith without works is dead

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvLJVnHKPFw


Worthless

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fWX6QSqLMI


Connecting Our Faith to Our Work
Embedding disabled by request, so I am only able to provide the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWzvI3jIYkU

Now obviously, or maybe it isn't so obvious now-a-days, but Liberation Theology is not what God had in mind when he said faith without works is dead, because he knew we would always have the poor with us and that we would go through trials and tribulation in the flesh. Basically, this flesh life is not going to cease from being full of trouble because the whole world lies in wickedness and the Devil and his children are constantly attacking us. Liberation Theology is Marxism, which originated with the ancient God haters and was later picked up by the Greek philosophers and then Augustine and then because of a 1968 conference of Latin American bishops at Medellin, near Bogotá, in Columbia, we now know it as Liberation Theology. This theology claims to want to solve the world's poverty, among other things, but it cannot by reason of its antichrist politics. And because of that, it focuses on fulfilling the lusts of the flesh instead of doing the will of God; the will of God being relying on him, not on ourselves, and walking in the Spirit.

So, Liberation Theology, and even Dominion Theology, are not about obeying the commandments of God in the gospel, but their god is their belly, because they think worldly gain is godliness; these seek an earthly utopia, not the Kingdom of God, which is not of this world, nor will it ever be of this world, but will manifest itself at the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Having said all of that: it is good to do good to all. Just don't expect it to change the flow of this world. (See John 17:9-16 and 2 Peter 3)

"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." (Galatians 6:10)

Matthew 5:
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.



Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. (Leviticus 19:17)


Some may ask, "What about the thief on the cross? He didn't have time to get down off the cross and show the love of God to others." No, but he had the saving faith in his heart, which is repentance/belief, so that, I believe, he would have shown the love of God to others if he had not been on that cross. God knows our hearts.
In fact, as the word of God shows us, the thief showed the love of God: toward God, by believing God, and toward his neighbor, by loving him...

Luke 23:
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.


Leviticus 19:17
Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.


God considers not rebuking our neighbor for their sin as being hateful.

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Deuteronomy 8:5
Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.

Proverbs 3:12
For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Proverbs 13:24
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Hebrews 12:
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.


That being said, I've seen many ministries and preachers do this wrong though, using verbal abuse and persecute people, because, again, it is a matter of their holding onto false doctrines and not simply reading God's word. God lays out how we are to treat people, but many treat every situation as if it is a nail that has to be hammered. The one's doing the most hammering are the Calvinist and the Baptists preachers. They need to be rebuked for their mishandling of God's sheep. You can't go around beating the servants of Christ (Luke 12:45-48). That is not showing the love of God. Every person and situation is different, and there is also a logical progression of dealing with a person individually vs. publically. First and foremost we are to intreat our brethren (1 Timothy 5:1), but most preachers bypass that, disobeying God. Men who are impatient and harsh should NEVER be allowed to be a leader in the church.

mod right here to add a couple verses:
James 4:6
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

1 Peter 5:5
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

We need to allow God's word to completely change our way of thinking, and stop allowing the world's wicked philosophies to dictate our thinking and actions.


The nice thing about being a Bible believer and knowing that God's word is 100% preserved in the KJV, I know that if I don't understand something, it's not the Bible that's been wrongly translated, but my understanding is wrong, and so, it's my understanding that needs corrected, not the Holy Bible. Textual critics, who are already starting out with the wrong underlying manuscripts from Alexandria Egypt, are Bible correcters, not Bible believers, and that is very dangerous.



In conclusion: Love thy neighbour as thyself

I love the first epistle of John because it explains what faith is, as clearly as the book of James does, which book I also love. Faith is not mere belief, because even the devils believe and tremble (James 2:19), but it is connected to the action of love, but not the love of this world, which is not love at all but hate, but the pure and holy love of God which puts God's will first, wholeheartedly and cheerfully!

Please take the time to read the whole epistle of 1 John. May God bless you with understanding as you read it.


THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF
JOHN.

CHAPTER 1
THAT which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

CHAPTER 2
MY little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.
13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

CHAPTER 3
BEHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

CHAPTER 4
BELOVED, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

CHAPTER 5
WHOSOEVER believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
No. 1     Reply: Re: Faith without works is dead   
By:  Becca288   Gender: F   Age: 36   on  Nov 15, 2015 at 5:18 AM     
Matthew 24:12
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

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By:  Becca288   Gender: F   Age: 36   on  Dec 8, 2015 at 3:51 PM     
Faith in Action



Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhXZCDREZ9g
No. 3     Reply: Re: Faith without works is dead   
By:  Becca288   Gender: F   Age: 36   on  Dec 8, 2015 at 3:58 PM     



“Show Your Faith by Your Works” Sunday School Lesson, James 2:14-26, February 16, 2014
BY WORDFORLIFESAYS FEBRUARY 13, 2014


Excerpt:
James 2:17-18 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”

What you profess and what you do together should match up to display a well-rounded Christian. People can’t claim they are heaven bound and yet show no heavenly fruit in their lives. Such claims to faith are “dead,” meaning there is no life in it to prove it’s alive.

Anne Frank said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world,” (Quotegarden.com). What are you waiting for? Show the world that God is alive in you! Put some action behind those words you speak!

The challenge was written: “Shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” This is something akin to one of our previous lessons: “Hear and Do the Word,” (Wordforlifesays.com). Our faith, which comes through hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17) should compel us to actively participate in the things that are written or spoken through that Word; it should get us involved in the things that God is concerned about. The faith that shows that the Word is working is the faith that can do more. Show me yours without it and I’ll show you mine with it – BAM!

This in turn shines a light to the world reflecting Him. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” (emphasis mine). This light shines by what it is doing. This kind of faith can make a bigger impact in this world and draw more men to God.


continue reading: http://wordforlifesays.com/2014/02/13/show-your-faith-by-your-works-sunday-school-lesson-james-214-26-february-16-2014/


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By:  greendiamond   Gender: F   Age: 61   on  Dec 8, 2015 at 5:44 PM     
1 Corinthians 13:13

And now abideth faith, hope, charity,
these three;
but the greatest of these is charity.

...lotta knowledge....
...lotta works....

what MC needs now...
is love, sweet love...
it's the only thing...
that there's just too little of....

....just thinkin'....:coffeenpc:

No. 5     Reply: Re: Faith without works is dead   
By:  Becca288   Gender: F   Age: 36   on  Dec 9, 2015 at 1:35 AM     
No. 6     Reply: Re: Faith without works is dead   
By:  greendiamond   Gender: F   Age: 61   on  Dec 9, 2015 at 8:46 AM     
thanx for askin' Becca.....

rather than love without truth,
i'm politically incorrect....

I speak the truth in love.
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By:  Becca288   Gender: F   Age: 36   on  Dec 9, 2015 at 1:16 PM     
greendiamond wrote:

thanx for askin' Becca.....

rather than love without truth,
i'm politically incorrect....

I speak the truth in love.


No. I didn't ask you anything. You brought your bad attitude here, and have only caused me grief with your complaints about MC, maybe even against me and this thread, which teaches God's truth in love.

You have showed no charity here by placing a stumbling block in front the Lord's brethren by writing about the world's feelings and thoughts on love, which you echo as your own feelings and thoughts, and have placed that above God's holy word, and God's love.

If you really had charity, like you say, you would do the right thing, not your own thing, and instead of complaining about others, and doing nothing except boasting how loving your are, you would actually put that love into action, which is what this thread is about, which is what real faith is, but I guess you don't understand.

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By:  greendiamond   Gender: F   Age: 61   on  Dec 9, 2015 at 3:17 PM     
Becca288 wrote:

greendiamond wrote:

thanx for askin' Becca.....

rather than love without truth,
i'm politically incorrect....

I speak the truth in love.


No. I didn't ask you anything. You brought your bad attitude here, and have only caused me grief with your complaints about MC, maybe even against me and this thread, which teaches God's truth in love.

You have showed no charity here by placing a stumbling block in front the Lord's brethren by writing about the world's feelings and thoughts on love, which you echo as your own feelings and thoughts, and have placed that above God's holy word, and God's love.

If you really had charity, like you say, you would do the right thing, not your own thing, and instead of complaining about others, and doing nothing except boasting how loving your are, you would actually put that love into action, which is what this thread is about, which is what real faith is, but I guess you don't understand.



forgive me Becca...

it was not my intent to offend...
I apologize for my lack of wisdom
in sharing that thought and song.

I pray we will be friends here...:hug:
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By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 57   on  Dec 12, 2015 at 10:56 AM     
greendiamond wrote:

what MC needs now...
is love, sweet love...
it's the only thing...
that there's just too little of....



Amen ! :2thumbs:

I am reminded of 1 Cor. 13 ... ( just the highlights )

Speak in any language ... but didn't love ... just meaningless noise.

Gift of prophesy ... but didn't love ... what good would I be ?

Gift of faith ... but didn't love ... I'd be no good to anyone.

Gave everything to the poor ... but didn't love ... I be of no value.

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ....

Love never gives up, endures through ever circumstance ... when people are not patient and kind ... love is still there ! When around people who are jealous, boastful, proud or rude ... love is still there ! Love will not be irritable or keep record of any wrong when it's been wronged.

Love does not demand its own way.

When everything is gone ... love is still there ! Love is forever !

:twocents: