Based on James 2:14-17, many recent blogs have discussed the relationship between “faith” and “deeds.” Both are essential to the Christian. Like breathing in and breathing out, they are complimentary to each other and inseparable.
For the newborn, our first act of breathing is in. This roughly equates to “faith”, coming to believe in and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (being reborn) We become the “new creation” discussed by the Apostle Paul. Breathing in brings us to a new and changed life!
Our basic nature is changed such that we begin to act and think more as Jesus would have us act and think. This is the essential act of “breathing out” of our deeds. It is how we carry the Good News back out to the world.
Our salvation is not the reason for either our faith or our deeds. Salvation is what we could call a “collateral benefit.”
Shalom, Art Alive in The Word
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