FAITH THAT WORKS

Sunday Morning: October 12, 2003

Text: Galatians 5:1-6 "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified (approved, not saved) by the law (only); ye are fallen from grace. 5. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love."

LOVE MAKES FAITH WORK

Galatians 5:6 "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh [present middle] by love."

FAITH BUT NO LOVE?

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity [love], I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity [love], I am nothing. 3. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity [love], it profiteth me nothing."

LOVE DEFINED

2 John 1:6 "And this is love, that we walk [present active] after (obedience to) his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk [present active] in it."

 

FAITH AND LOVE ARE TO GROW

2 Thessalonians 1:3 "We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;"

LABOR OF LOVE

Hebrews 6:10 "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister."

THANKED GOD FOR LOVE AND FAITH

Philemon 1:4-5 "I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, 5. Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;"

FAITH AND LOVE

Galatians 5:6 "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh [present middle] by love."

THE JUST LIVE BY FAITH

Galatians 3:11 "But that no man is justified by the law (moral law alone) in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just (the obedient to the moral law) shall live by faith."

LOVE IS COMMANDED

John 15:12 "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you."

LAW FULFILLED IN LOVE

Galatians 5:13-14 "For, brethren, . . . by love serve one another. 14. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

END OF THE COMMANDMENT

1 Timothy 1:5 "Now the end of the commandment (law) is charity [love) out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned (sincere):"

MORAL LAW AND COMMANDMENTS

Romans 13:8-10 "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law (you will be just)."

FAITH THAT WORKETH BY LOVE

Romans 3:28 "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified (approved) by faith without [cwriv, in addition to] the deeds of the law. (love)"

IN ADDITION TO

Matthew 15:38 "And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside [cwriv, without, in addition to] women and children."

IN ADDITION TO

2 Corinthians 11:28 Beside [cwriv, without, in addition to] those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches."

THE ROYAL LAW

James 2:8 "If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:"

PURSUE FAITH AND LOVE

1 Timothy 6:10-11 ". . .O man of God, . . . follow [present active imperative, pursue fiercely] after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness."

SPIRITUAL ARMOR

1 Thessalonians 5:8 "But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation."

BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Ephesians 6:14 "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;"

A REMINDER

2 Timothy 2:22 "Flee [present active imperative] also youthful lusts: but follow [present active imperative, pursue fiercely] righteousness, faith, charity, peace. . ."