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What the Bible Says About Faith That Saves | Part 2

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April 30, 2021 8:00 am

What the Bible Says About Faith That Saves | Part 2

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April 30, 2021 8:00 am

As Christians, we are saved by grace alone, through faith, not by works of any kind. Grace is the root of our salvation, but our works are the fruit of it—they are the evidence. In this message, Adrian Rogers tells us what the Bible says about faith that saves.

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Because of salvation.

We have the life of God in us. Listen to Adrian Rogers.

Don't you come around here telling me you will say if the life of God is not in your walk walk because you have received which is eternal life through Jesus Christ. Thank God for doctors to such a wonderful salvation. So I hope you have an oh so initial success.

Welcome to love worth finding, pastor, teacher and author Adrian Rogers said there are only two kinds of religion in the world. Grace and works one spelled do the other spelled done. As Christians, you know, we are saved by grace alone through faith, not by works of any kind. But our works are the evidence of our faith in part one of today's message.

We learned that a dead faith is profitless, fruitless and lifeless Christian is someone who has the life of God producing works.

If you have your Bible turn now to James chapter 2 will begin in verse 14 is Adrian Rogers continues part two of what the Bible says about faith that saves well in James chapter 2 verse 14. This is where many people go astray because they do not understand what brother James is saying James is talking about salvation and works. And James says what profit my brethren more man say he have faith and have not works great.

Save him some translations. Given this way can faith save him.

If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food, and what you say under them all depart in peace, be warmed and filled, notwithstanding you give about those things which are needful for the body The prophet even so, they if it had not works is DEA the dead being alone yeah man may say, thou hast, and I have works. Show me thy faith without thy works and I will surely my faith by my works now believes that there is one God. That is well the devils also believe in Trimble warrior literally means they shatter the word that means to make the hair stand up on the back of it actually comes war which means to stand up like they just shot her. Trimble, but will now know a man that they without works is dead.

I am going to show you tonight from this passage of Scripture. What James is saying James is saying all just go around here saying that you believe in God, that you believe in salvation by grace through faith if it has not been a radical dramatic change in your life.

If your religion and change your life, you better change your religion. You do not have the New Testament time but my dear friend, you do what you do not, in order to be saved, but because in the you have been saved. Now James is talking here about a dead faith and I want us to do an autopsy on this date.

Faith okay Plextor State Department is dead faith and can see why it is a dead faith. First of all I want you to notice beginning in verse 14 that a dead faith is profitless and it brings a profitless profession. Notice here, what does it profit my brethren doorman say that he had faith and have not works. Can they save him now. Remember, it says literally can that faith save him. That kind of faith can kind of faith save him now. James you're just talking about the man who has a glib religious vocabulary but he has never had a divine encounter with Almighty God and what James says about this dead religion is that it is profitless is profitless platitudes.

Don't get you to heaven. The second thing he says about it. Not only is it profitless.

It is fruitless. It is a barren belief notice if you will, in verse 18 and 19, he says. And even so faith, if it has not works, is dead being alone yeah man may say guys faith and I have works.

Show me thy faith without thy works and I will show you my faith by my works. Verse 15 is what I really wanted.

If a brother sister be naked and destitute of daily food, and what you say under them depart in peace, be warmed and filled, notwithstanding you given those things which are needful to the body. What it profit. It doesn't do any good.

Even so, verse 17 faith if it had not works, is dead being alone. You see, because it is profitless. It is fruitless.

It is barren. Now verse 18 yeah man may say that has faith and I have works.

Show me thy faith without thy works and I will show thee my faith by my works but I'll believe us. There is one God, now do as well. The devils also believe, and Trimble now some people dear friend don't have any more faith than the devil himself. My mate something else.

The devil is more orthodox than some preachers he really he has more religion than some preachers I gave believes more than some preachers. The devil has a certain intellectual belief concerning the gospel.

Now just keep your finger than James in conflict with me if you will, in Matthew chapter 8 here for moment less. Let's see what the faith of the devil really is less to see what the devil's belief is because your belief in the devils believe may be very much like, look, if you will, in Matthew eight and and let's begin in verse 28 speech of Jesus. And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Durga scenes there met him two possessed with devils. That is, demons coming out of the tombs exceeding fears that no man might pass by that way, and behold, they cried out loud.

These demons in this man listen want to sit. Behold, they cried out, saying, what have we to do with the Jesus, thou son that's orthodox my dear friend, that's exactly who Jesus Christ is, thou son of God evaluate just turn the book of Mark here eloquently in Mark chapter 1 here for moment I'm just talking to you right now about the belief of the devil. The devil believes Mark chapter 1.

Look with me in verse 23, if you will, and there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, saying, let us alone.

What have we to do with the thou Jesus of Nazareth art thou come to destroy us. I know the thou art law, the holy one of God. That's exactly who it is the holy one of God not only Matthew Margaret just turn the loop now and see what Luke says that the devil says about our Lord. Luke chapter 4 and verse 41, Jesus now is casting out demons in the Bible says in demons. That is, devils also came out of many crying out and say that the Christ the son of God. That's pretty orthodox is that's exactly what James is saying where the devils believe and Shire but now therefore let me tell you about the faith that saves real faith doesn't cause people to shutter it does just the opposite, brings peace therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans five verse one suppose when I give invitation and I love suppose the devil was sitting out there in human flesh, so please not and he's not with us just say suppose we were having devil were to come down this island meet one of our ministers anyone to say I want to place my membership in Bellevue church that minister would say well now Mr. devil before you, John Bellevue church. We want to talk to you a little bit. We want to see if you theologically correct. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. Yes, I do dear believe he was born of a virgin, absolutely dear believe he died on the cross. A vicarious death or yes I believe that you believe that he was raised from the dead or yes well Mr. devil if we receive you in our church where you work or yes I'll be glad to join the choir.

Matter fact. You'll ordain me I'll serve as a beacon hat as a matter fact, if you let me, I'll be glad to devil himself is transformed as a minister of righteousness man sounds like he is a great candidate for church membership, which is one more question Mr. devil before we put our stamp of approval upon you, will you submit to Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of lords. Now I will not and he has no and he never will. My dear friend, I will detail you that in this congregation item. Some of you will listing to me on the radio.

You think that you're going to heaven because you are orthodox because you believe the facts of the faith, and as you know the plan of salvation.

I want to tell you not saved by the plan of salvation USA by the man of salvation name is G and you can believe all that stuff does believe in print dead faith, my dear friend, it is effortless. This you may have an intellectual understanding of the gospel which are going to miss heaven by 18 inches because never got from here down to hear where you trusted Jesus Christ as your personal savior. Now listen, we're talking about a show so salvation now this faith is dead, not only because it is a profitless profession and a barren belief but not only is it profitless and fruitless. It is all lifeless look, if you will, in verse 20 that hears James continuing to talk, but will now know all vain man that Faye without works is be.

It is profitless. It is fruitless and it is lifeless faith without works is dead. Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son upon the altar sees now how faith wrought with his words and by works, faith was made perfect and the Scripture was fulfilled which said Abraham believed God, it was imparted onto him or imputed onto him for righteousness and he was called a friend of God.

You see then how that by works of man is justified and not by faith only. Likewise, also, was not Rahab the harlot justified by works when she had received the messengers and had sent them out another way for as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. Now what is James saying look at it.

He saying reason that kind of faith doesn't say this because it's not true faith is dead faith, a man with that kind of faith is still dead in trespasses and sin.

You see a Christian is somebody who has the life of God. Now listen to me.

Again, we are saved by faith alone with the faith that saves is never alone is not faith plus works, but faith that works now.

James is not saying that works say what James is saying is that real faith produces works real faith produces works even our English word, believe comes from an old English by live. What a man really believes he lives by the rest is just talk just talk James HSA telling me you believe in Jesus Christ doesn't change your life waited to live friend what survival saying there is no real contradiction here are saved by faith alone with the faith that saves is never alone and Paul is talking about an oh so salvation. James is talking about a show so salvation now James gives two examples in one illustration I want to look at and after that would be finished.

James talks about what he wants to show it and I'm so glad he gave these two examples and one illustration the one example is Abraham. The other example is Rahab, and then the last is a body without works all right and I look at it. First of all, he says here's illustration concerning Abraham and the Scripture was fulfilled what saith Abraham believed God, and it was imputed onto him for righteousness and he was called the friend of God. You see then how that by works of man is justified and not by faith only now wait a minute. How did Abraham show his faith will look in verse 21 was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son upon the altar. Now this is very important right now, or else you don't have a contradiction between James and Paul James says that Abraham was justified when he offered Isaac DC at look at verse 21 was not Abraham our father justified by works when it offered Isaac his son upon the altar. What we did Abraham really believe God, and when was it accounted to him for righteousness when he offered Isaac know no go back, if you will to Genesis chapter 15 with me for just a moment and look with me in verse six, God appears to Abraham in Genesis 15 God speaks to Abraham and God gives Abraham a promise and look if you will, in verse six and he believed in the Lord and he that is the Lord counted it to him. That is, to Abraham, righteousness all right. 30 years later class. He offered Isaac up and James is that's what it was justified. But Genesis says he was justified back over here 30+ years before when he just believed God and was counted to him for righteousness. You see, my dear friend. All James is showing is this that when he offered up Isaac. Three decades later he was showing what happened way back in is always yes he James is talking about being justified before man asked to see the faith in Abraham's heart back here when Abraham believed God in Genesis 15 brother I'll guarantee I can see the faith in Abraham, when he offered up Isaac, can't you see James is saying, faith, faith, faith tell me that you believe in God, and it didn't affect your life.

That's what he say you see Abraham was saved when you first trust, but his faith was demonstrated when he offered up Isaac is not saved by faith plus works, but he was saved by faith that when the next illustration is Rahab. Verse 25 Rahab was as she became a saint from the Shady Lady of Jericho to Wallman in the lineage of our Savior.

Her life was change so I'm not that bad.

I'll tell you what salvation like a bad man doing the good men friend Yuli Cheney. If any man is in Christ is a new creature that I hear is the illustration look everywhere.

This makes it completely clear and you see it right now just go back to James chapter 2 with me for just a moment and look in the in the last verse in verse 26 here and and this just kinda wraps it all up for as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. Now listen very carefully what good is a body of truth without the life of the spirit you say. I believe this I believe this I believe this you take all of your beliefs and you put them together and you got a body of truth. But if there's no life in that body of truth, it can move the body without the spirit is day now the body in this illustration is your belief. But if that's all you have and you will have the spirit of God in you than you have no life.

What good is a corpse without a spirit what God is, believe what I life if I had a corpse out here.

I mean, a cadaver, I mean a dead person right here. What would make that person get up and do good works when you have to have life first you have to have line.

Now I could fling his arms around standing up and making more. What good is that as I'm just manipulating a dead corpse that's redundant I know but a corpse, a dead person. I'm just manipulating what is necessary for that person to do good works, what life right life before you can work is going to have life. Now listen to me and never forget it.

If he received life and began to walk around here because he received life when he is walking around give him life. He walks around because he is received life's don't make them alive. He can't do so. Once he has live five days as I'm alive because I want to say no, Mr. Hill walking could you alive. The body without this day was all let me when they made you just trust Jesus like a little child you will be safe tonight.

As you will ever be. Just by saying the troll yes to Jesus and somebody can call it easy believe it is him, they can call anything they want but my dear friend is only one way to be saved and that is trusting Jesus and Jesus alone. For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourself is the gift of God, lest any man should boast about the one thing Mr. don't you come around here telling me you will save the life of God is not in you and you walk the walk and you talk the talk, because you have received good, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ our thank God for folks just to get such a wonderful salvation. I bless God for so I hope you have an oh so initial so salvation I want.

How many tonight because I brother Rogers. I'm saved you pray like this if you not certain that your Savior God just like that lady in that hospital. I want you to pray but I want you to meet. Dear God, I know that you love me. Jesus died to save me your promise to save if I would trust you. I do trust you right now, this moment I trust you I trust you will like a little child coming to my heart, forgive my sin save me Jesus you asking. Save me Jesus save me. I trust you.

I do thank you for saving me.

Jesus prayed that way. Thank you for saving me.

Jesus. I receive it by faith, and that settles that you now my Lord, my Savior, my God, my friend forever Lord Jesus because you died for me, I will live for you because you hung make it on the cross for me.

I'll not be ashamed of you and your holy name I pray, amen let you prayed to receive Jesus Christ just now we want to celebrate with you and invite you to our discovery, Jesus page at the website to find answers there.

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