Who wrote this?

Someone once wrote that it is not sufficient to have faith in Jesus.  It is also required to act. The writer wrote that when we ask for something, we should have faith that we will receive it, otherwise, we will not.  He also says that sometimes we don’t receive what we want because we ask out of selfishness. We should also resist what is evil, because if we don’t, then we become the devil himself. He suggests we listen more and talk less. And that we have to be careful what we say, because it can offend others.  The writer also wrote that if we say we believe something, we should practice it, not just say we believe.  Like when we see ourselves in the mirror but don’t pay attention to what we see and forget how we look. This includes believing in Jesus.  He then says that what pleases God is to visit orphans and widows.  We should not exclude anyone just because he or she is poor. The rich will eventually rotten.  Everyone should be treated the same. Mercy triumphs over judgment. The writer then dares to say that without work, faith is useless, like the body without a spirit is useless. We can say we believe, like evil people can, but that doesn’t prove anything.  We are justified by both faith and works.  The writer emphasizes that we must recognize God in everything we do, not just rely on our own agenda. We should be patient, honest, take care and pray for each other.

Who dared to write this message?  His name was James, the brother of Jesus.  I summarized it above.  And it has inspired me to act on my faith some more.  Thank you for reading.

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About Noel

I am a person who has realized that the teachings of Jesus are centralized in the genuine care and service of others. I have evolved from fundamentalism to a moderate spiritual approach. I am a reflecting person who has grown to not fear doubt but to embrace it as a means to growth and increasing closeness to God. View all posts by Noel

4 responses to “Who wrote this?

  • Carol Ann Hoel

    All that James said is true.

    Jesus died to pay for our sins. Therefore, our salvation, our righteous standing before God, rests on His sacrifice alone.

    The good works we should and must do to please and obey God. We are meant to do good, not only to soak up truth. We are admonished to show, show, show our faith. Faith is invisible (not necessarily nonexistent) without works.

    If we really possess faith, meaning that our expectation for forgiveness and eternal life rest in the sacrifice of Jesus, truly we are the children of God. We are eternally His because of what Jesus did for us.

    If we expect to go to heaven because we do good rather than because Christ died for us, we are not His.

    There is no reward for us for obtaining our salvation, because it was totally accomplished for us by Jesus. Jesus will receive ALL the praises for our salvation. He will not share His reward for our salvation with us. We have no part in it. Jesus paid it all.

    But, we will be rewarded for our works of righteousness. James was teaching the people to stop being baby Christians and get to the work set before the church.

  • Marianne Lordi

    Hi Noel, we are justified by faith through grace alone and not by works lest the cross be emptied. With that said, if our faith is true, there should be an outward sign of our inward change and that should compel us to act in our faith and for God’s kingdom. While there is not one righteous act we can do to earn heaven, the true believer will do good works as the Holy Spirit compels him.

  • Cindy Holman

    Great article – love your paraphrase – shall we call it “Noel’s Message”? I love it!

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