e martë, 3 korrik 2007

James 2:18-20

Passage: But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe -- and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

Journal: The problem with demons (fallen angels) is not a lack of unity in belief ("Even the demons believe . . .") or a lack of adequate information ("Even the demons . . . tremble"). There is no salvation in the orthodoxy of doctrine. In fact, demons once stood in the very presence of the glory of God. The problem with demons is the same as the problem with man; that is, a selfish heart bent on rebellion against God. A demon is known by its works, but its works are useless against the children of God. For God has called His children out of darkness into light, and this calling has been made from the far reaches of eternity. For even the sins of God's children beckon atonement; for the work of demons is purified in the righteousness of Christ. A demon is only able to work to attain that which is already possessed; that is, the sin that grows as a thorny vine out of the lost soul. Satan's very existence is fraught with frustration and defeat. A dead faith, a faith without works to glorify God, is no more than Satan putting a dress on a pig. A living faith, a faith extolling the fruit of the Spirit, is beyond Satan, who is ever clutching but never grasping. A dead faith views works as irrelevant, ever stumbling toward the grave. A living faith views works as the fragrance of grace; as a honeysuckle blooming along the path of righteousness.