November 11, 2019

Faith and Works - Romans 4:2-5

"This is about Siamese twins, ladies and gentlemen. You know in Genesis chapter 25 we read an amazingly interesting account of a pair of most remarkable twins born to the Jewish patriarchal hero Isaac and his wife Rebecca. The account describes a play by play of the birth with great details since the first born son, whether twins or not, received a special blessing in that day."

Family Discussions:

  1. What is it about true faith that produces good fruit?
  2. Why is a life that claims to be a life of faith, not indeed a life of faith if there's no fruit on the tree?
  3. Are you trying to get to heaven by being good?
  4. Are you saying in your heart that because you're good you're going to get there?
  5. Are you saying that your faith is strong enough that you don't need to work for your life to prove it?

Transcription:

00:13          Well, today is a super day here in the Ozarks. As I sit here in my lovely burnt orange for are you Texas fans. Romans 4:2-5. "For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about but not before God. For what does scripture say? Abraham believed God and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Now to the one who works his wage is not credited as a favor but as what is due. But to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness." This is about Siamese twins, ladies and gentlemen. You know in Genesis chapter 25 we read an amazingly interesting account of a pair of most remarkable twins born to the Jewish patriarchal hero Isaac and his wife Rebecca. The account describes a play by play of the birth with great details since the first born son, whether twins or not, received a special blessing in that day.

01:21          Esau actually was born first and Jacob followed with his hand grasping Esau's heel. Romans 9 illustrates the distinction of Jacob as the spiritual posterity of Israel. Even though naturally he would not have been such. As significant as the birth order was then, it is no more important than understanding the birth order of two more all important biblical twins. Meet faith and works. You know many Christians and in fact holding nominations get awfully confused with the birth order of this pair of twins. This passage is clear as it was with Abraham, so it is with us. You got to get this down, Christian friends. The first born child is faith. We are saved by faith. Faith is trusting Christ with your whole heart and giving your life to him. Ephesians 2:8-9 makes it clear. It's not by works. It's by faith we're saved.
 
02:18          Faith gets you into God's family, John 1:12 says. Faith records you as righteous before God, James says. No good deed can save you neither church ritual nor giving your life to save another nor giving, you know, living in absolute piety, no works will get you to heaven. As they appoints that clearly. But there is a twin. He's always born with true, sincere faith. Meet works. Works are the good things you do because by faith Jesus now lives in your heart. Because of your faith, you do produce good and the fruit that you produce is result of your faith. And scripture is clear that if you're not producing fruit, where is the faith?
 
03:10          So here's the verses and the scripture and the questions that bring the verses of scripture to life. What is it about true faith that produces good fruit? And why is a life that claims to be a life of faith, not indeed a life of faith if there's no fruit on the tree? And the final question is this, look into your heart today and see which twin is missing. Are you trying to get to heaven by being good? Are on the other hand, are you saying in your heart that because you're good you're going to get there? Or are you saying that your faith is strong enough that you don't need to work for your life to prove it? The twins always show up together and here's the lifeline. Are the faith and works twins alive and well in your life today?

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