ArtęGreg Olsen

"But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe
that he is, and that he is a rewarder
of them that diligently seek him."
Hebrews 11:6
First Comes Faith, Then Works
Which came first . . . the chicken or the egg?
For ages this question has been asked,
both seriously and in fun.
The biblical answer would be the chicken,
created by God,
who then laid the egg.
Many people concerned with spiritual matters
ask another question:
Which comes first . . . faith or works?
The biblical answer to that would be that God
first plants Christian faith in our hearts.
Then in that Spirit-created faith,
we desire to do good works in His service.
It's part of our fallen nature to think that
you don't get something for nothing,
and everything has a price.
However, such faulty logic concludes that
God's forgiveness through faith in Christ
cannot be free.
And then there are people who don't worry
about forgiveness at all.
"Good food, good friends, and good wine
make the good life,"
goes a popular saying.
So why bother about either faith or works?
God makes it quite clear that life without faith
in Christ is at best "empty" and "void."
But for Christians, life without faith in Jesus,
our Savior, is unthinkable.
For those who think heaven is earned,
Jesus takes second place behind their works.
Yet the Bible is quite clear:
"For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Ephesians 2:8,9
Our works say "Thank You" to God,
but they come after faith,
not before.
May the good Lord increase your "works"
through your ever-increasing faith.


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