Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Faith is certainly an essential part of our Christian life and is in fact necessary in order to receive salvation to begin with. Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” There is a difference however between being saved and in being justified. We are saved from the penalty of sin by believing and accepting Jesus Christ as our Saviour. Justification though means to show or exhibit one as righteous and it means to show or expose to the eyes as righteous. To be justified then is to have visible, external proof of what I say I am in the internal and invisible part of my being.
I’m sure your experience in life will agree to the fact there are many people who say one thing and do exactly the opposite. It is painfully obvious in today’s world that saying and doing are two completely different things. I do believe the political world has that down to a science. It seems that regardless of the political tag someone wears it is nearly impossible to find someone to be what they say they are once they assume office. Moreover we see more and more of that even inside the church. Religious leaders saying one thing and yet living differently from the very standard they are preaching. It is an amazing thing to me how religious leaders reach a place where they feel like they are above the law and so morally superior that they should decide the good of the whole.
Matthew 12:33, “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.” If you want to know what kind of tree you are looking at, look at the fruit it is producing. The tree is known by its fruit. How many people claim to be Christians, saved by one who loved them so much that He died a death of crucifixion on a cross and yet they treat people one way to their face and talk completely different behind their back? That is not the kind of love that motivated Jesus to take my place on that cross. It really is no surprise that so many people are turned off with the whole religious experience.
Dear Jesus, please help me to live the same standard of love outwardly that I say I have inwardly!