Faith Justifies . . . and Works Sanctify and Perfect

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I heard at least two Scripturally based sermons this week which seemed to say . . . to me . . .

that Faith Justifies us . . . giving us an advance on Saving Grace . . . so to speak . . .

But then . . . this revelation of Scripture did not seem to be left 'alone' . . . seeming to be followed by this . . . about 'Works' . . .

'Works' are the 'Actions of Faith' done in Love . . . which Actions 'if done with Love' . . . Bring us to 'Perfection' and 'Sanctification' . . . in that order . . . I mean Faith coming before the other two . . .

. . . perhaps this being why . . . as James says in Scripture . . . that . . . 'Faith without Works is Dead'.

Just as soon as Abraham 'Believed' the LORD . . . followed by Abraham's Receiving the Advance on Grace which 'freely' Justified him in GOD's eyes . . . following this . . . Abraham then set out working for and doing . . . exactly and promptly . . . what the LORD had commanded him to do.

It is not 'hearers of the Word . . . but . . . doers of the Word' . . . these 'Doers of Word' are they which 'please GOD'.

. . . two small examples . . . one from the New and one seemingly referring to the Old testament but in the New . . .

James 1:

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Romans 2:

13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

It seems to me that GOD requires ACTION . . . GOD requires a Response of Action . . . done in Faith and in Love.

Faith alone is Dead . . .

. . . even if . . .

. . . even if . . .

. . . even if . . . Justification came to us by Faith Alone . . . so to speak . . . as an advance . . . as an advance of Grace which gives us the power to . . . ACT . . . the power to Act in LOVE . . . to be 'Doers' of the Faith which we profess to Believe . . .

Faith alone . . . is Dead . . . as James says . . . but why ? . . .

. . . if there is no Action which proves our Faith . . . which brings our Faith to Life by Action . . . which Incarnates our Faith with Actions of Love . . . then . . .

. . . even if we have Faith that can move mountains . . . without Actions of Love . . . it is as clanging cymbals . . .

. . . even if we have Faith that can work miracles . . . but without Actions of Love . . . which Actions Prove and Incarnate our Faith . . . without those Actions of Love (Obedience being a big part of Love) . . . then . . . even if we have Faith of great proportion . . .

. . . then the advance on Grace which we have received . . . even this will be taken away . . .

. . . but if we 'invest' this Grace through Actions of Love . . . Faith in Action . . . so to speak . . . then the Grace which we have Received by Advance . . . will grow and grow in us and in the Life of those around us too . . .

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It also seemed . . . to my ears . . . that Justification was not the same as Salvation.

Justification of and by Faith . . . merely seemed to dispose us to Receive Salvation . . . is what it seemed to be saying to me . . .

It was our Response to this Grace of Justification . . . our Response of Grace to Grace . . . or is it our Response of Nature to Grace . . . or both . . .

. . . Grace working on our Nature . . . demands a Response of our Nature by this Gift of Grace to this Sanctifying Grace . . . a Response of Faith in Actions/Works of Love . . . becoming Doers of what we Profess to Believe . . . and doing this for the motive of Love . . . which means Obedience.

Enough . . .

Say what we will . . . Believe all we want . . . but also . . . 'Do' HIS Will . . . in Love . . . in Obedience . . . Serving GOD . . . Serving our neighbor.

GOD Bless us all.

jwmcmac's picture

Oh foolish it perhaps is . .

Oh foolish it perhaps is . . . that every time the word 'Works' is used . . .

. . . that some automatically believe this to be in reference to the 'works of the law' of the old testament . . . they purposely or mistakenly failing to notice that when a Catholic uses this word . . . and when James used this word . . . it should be . . . and usually is . . . and was . . . in reference to the Works of Faith in Love . . . we 'doing' what we Believe . . . Actualizing our Faith . . . by our 'doing' the Will of the ONE WHO made us.

Is there some doubt of the meaning of Scripture . . . when James says . . . Faith without works is 'dead' . . . or is Scripture lying?

I think Scripture is not lying . . . so there must be another meaning than the one you always errantly apply to these words of James.

So we must make a distinction . . . as the Church always has done . . . She never once saying or implying this use of the word to be the 'works of the old covenant law' . . . never even ever implying such a thing . . . but you and many others taking it there every time . . . every time . . . and every time agains . . . even Luther did it, I believe . . . and never seeing that these have just taken it somewhere that the Church never has taken it.

I do not understand their problem with James or with this Scriptural passage.

Who can be so blind as this? It is inexplicable. It is truly jaw-droppingly unexplainable.

But just as certain as it is just as truly a lie for those who so misinterpret what the Church is saying . . . to try to say that Works of Faith in Love to which the Catholic may be referring . . . are works of the law of the old testament . . . so certain it is that that explanation is not even present anywhere in James or in the words which have been spoken by the Catholic in referring to the word 'works'.

And yet . . . this is what is thrown back at the Catholic . . . and at James too . . . I suppose those who doing so thinking that they have properly interpreted what they have certainly and clearly misunderstood.

It is not those who say they Believe in Faith without works who are 'Doing GOD's Will on earth as in Heaven' . . . but those who prove that they Truly Believe . . . and who 'Doing this' by their works of Faith in Love who are demonstrating in their Actions of Obedience . . . both their Faith and their Love . . . in obedience to the Divine Will . . .

. . . in answer to the Our Father . . . 'THY Kingdom Come. THY Will be done on earth as in Heaven.'

GOD, CHRIST, Abraham . . . the Apostles and all men of CHRIST are men of Action . . .

. . . even those who rely on Faith Alone . . . would not fail to act afterward . . . would they . . . no . . . though they think it does not matter at all . . . why take the chance that they might be held accountable for their actions or . . .

. . . the lack thereof . . . better to say it does not matter .

It is sure that Paul was talking about the works of the law of the old covenant not having any good effect in the new covenant of Love . . . since he was trying to convert Jews from that old law of the old covenant . . . and that was proper and true for Paul to take such a manner of speaking with them.

. . . but it is just as certain that James was not talking about the works of the law of the old covenant . . . Nor does the Church ever ever ever refer to such as that . . . as do you . . .

. . . but rather . . . James was talking about a new kind of 'Work' . . . the Work of Faith in Love . . . commonly referred to as Obedience . . .

. . . he saying that Faith . . . without Works of Love . . . are dead . . . and . . . are clanging cymbals . . .

. . . and it is certain that this is True.

Now . . . if you can stop getting this wrong by . . . skipping like a broken and scratched record over to that false 'works' interpretation which you cannot resist doing . . . you might have a chance of actually understanding what I am saying . . . and better still . . . you might understand what James in Scripture and what the Church in Her Teachings are saying in this Regard.

But . . . maybe you just can't help it . . . and I don't think you can do it . . . though I Hope you can.

Whether you can or whether you cannot . . . whether you misinterpret this distinction of James . . . till the day you or I pass into eternity . . . which will very likely, it seems, be the case . . . as I believe you have been told of this distinction many times now . . . and have not heard even once . . . and you have not understood this distinction yet . . . nor even coming close to understanding it . . . it seems . . .

still . . . and even so . . . though it seems impossible to penetrate the veil . . . between us . . . or whether or not you or I ever do penetrate that uncrossable veil of misunderstanding . . . may GOD still and always . . .

. . . Bless you and us all.

Please don't take this as being harsh . . . it is sincere . . . and no time to soften it up more so that it is more agreeable.

again . . .

GOD Bless us all.




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