“WE ARE SAVED BY FAITH alone but not a faith that stands alone.”—Martin Luther. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” (Rom. 5:1; James 2:24). This “work” implies action—practical demonstration of faith that justifies. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts16:31).
This believing is not empty and vague. Jesus said “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark1:15). Paul said “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Rom.10:9&10). Believing is backed up by action that shows faith. “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19). This is why faith stands not alone. “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” (James 2:24).
Now, have you exercised this faith unto salvation? Have you repented and become free from your past sins? You can be free today and go and sin no more. Act now. “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah55:6&7). Repent and be free before it is too late.
Oore-ofe A. Ariyo.