Words of Life|Pastor Balan Swaminathan|HIPM

Balancing Faith And Works

August 26, 2021

We all must balance our Christian lives with faith and works. Pray, study, meditate, and be filled with the Holy Spirit to spiritually grow and mature in your faith, at the same time, work hard and allow your faith in God to impact lives around you by meeting their emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Don't over do either one, balance it.
An apparent contradiction seen in what James & Paul are writing about faith & works. Paul is saying, no one is justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ. James is saying, man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
Scriptures don't contradict with each other. I believe both Paul & James are talking about Balancing faith and works.
• No one is expected to work to earn salvation, but we are expected to work not to lose our salvation.
• We need faith to maintain our salvation, we lose our salvation if we don't work towards it as dead faith cannot produce salvation.
• Once saved is not saved for ever.
• We are saved by faith and we keep our faith alive by doing good works. Because without works faith within us dies.

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