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Control Freak

Nov 12, 2017 | Rick Henderson

A Good Life-Control Freak Pt.6 Draper Campus

 

RECAP:  The more CONFIDENT you are with God, the more COMFORTABLE you are with His control.

 

CONTROL FREAK’S MOTTO:  If it’s meant to BE it’s up to ME.  

  • Irreligious: Work to CONTROL life.  
  • Religious: Work to CONTROL God.  
  • Gospel: Work to LOVE others.

 

Galatians 5:6  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

 

James 2:14-26  What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?[15] Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.[16] If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?[17] In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.[18] But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.[19] You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.[20] You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?[21] Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?[22] You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.[23] And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.[24] You see that a person is considered righteous (justified) by what they do and not by faith alone.[25] In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?[26] As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

 

Romans 4:5  However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

 

TWO MEANINGS OF JUSTIFY:

  1. To pay off a DEBT, to make RIGHT.
  2. To DEMONSTRATE that you are RIGHT.

SOLVING THE TENSION: Paul tells us how true salvation is PRODUCED.  James tells us what true salvation PRODUCES.

 

James 2:19-24  You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.[20] You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?[21] Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?[22] You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.[23] And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.[24] You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

 

DEMON FAITH

DEMONSTRATED FAITH

KNOWS what the truth is.

BELIEVES the truth.

Has an EMOTIONAL RESPONSE to truth.


LOVE and TRUST in ACTION

 

WORKS = LOVE

 

Gospel Truth: Works don’t EARN true faith.  Works EVIDENCE true faith.

 

While the moralist is forced into obedience, motivated by fear of rejection, a Christian rushes into obedience, motivated by a desire to please and resemble the one who gave his life for us. –Tim Keller, The Reason For God     

 

FINAL THOUGHT:  Faith without works is dead because WORKLESS faith is worthless faith.

Galatians 5:6  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.






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