2014-08-23 - Faith and Works
Faith, Part 2
"Then they asked Him, What must we do to do the works God requires? Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent." John 6:27-28 (NIV)
The crowds followed Jesus everywhere He went. They were amazed by His miracles and His teachings. The people wanted to know what He was offering to them, and how they could go about earning it, just as many people today believe that salvation must be earned. But Jesus perceived that they were following Him for the wrong reasons. He knew that they needed to know about eternal life, so He told them that eternal life came through faith in God - and not by works. They needed to put their faith in Him as the Messiah. What about us today? Are we trying to earn our way into Heaven? We should put our faith in Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior. Then the good works that we perform will be a RESULT of our faith in Him, and not an effort to win salvation. (See James 2.).
Richard Moser, Jr
All verses are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.