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What if we say faith alone will save us? What
if we don't follow the Lord's commands because we believe faith alone will
save us? No matter what man says, we must obey God's Word-the Bible. The
Bible clearly says faith without deeds is dead (James
2:26). If you love Jesus, you will obey Him (John
15:10). Let's look why obedience comes with faith
and what if it doesn't.
What if Abel hadn't offered a better
sacrifice than Cain? What if he felt faith alone was enough? Would God
have found him righteous? Only with his offering through faith was Abel
found righteous (Hebrews
What if Noah hadn't built the ark
exactly the way the Lord told him to? What if Noah thought his faith alone
was enough for the Lord to save him? Would God have saved Noah and his
family? Only through Noah's obedience through faith by building the ark
were Noah and his family saved
What if Abraham hadn't offered his
son as a sacrifice as the Lord told him to? What if Abraham thought his
faith was enough? Only when Abraham offered his son as a sacrifice to the
Lord did he pass the test God gave him. Abraham's obedience through faith
made him righteous
What if the Israelites hadn't marched
around the walls of Jericho as God told them to? What if they stood looking
at the walls with faith. Would the walls have fallen? Only after complete
obedience through faith did the walls of Jericho fall (Hebrews
Christians are saved by grace, but are
created in Jesus to do good works that God prepared in advance for us to
2:8-10). The church at Sardis was about to die. Their
deeds were found incomplete in the sight of God. They were told to wake
up, obey God's Word, and repent. They were warned if they didn't wake up,
Jesus would come like a thief in the night and they would not know when.
Thus, they would not be ready. If they would overcome their inequities,
they would not have their name blotted out of the book of life (Revelation
What if we don't follow the command of
the Lord? Do you want the Lord on Judgment Day to say, "Why do you call
me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" (Luke
Through faith, have you truly believed?
Peter 1:8-9.) Through faith, have you repented of
your sins? (See
Peter 3:9.) Through faith, have you confessed
Jesus before men? (See Matthew
Timothy 2:19; 1
John 1:9.) Through faith, have you been baptized (fully
immersed in water)? (See
Peter 3:18-22; 1
John 5:5-12) Through faith, have you been standing
Timothy 4:16; Hebrews
For more study, read Hebrews
chapter 11 and James
2:14-26. Then ask yourself, "What if?"
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