Living Faith in Christ

Ephesians 2:4-10 NASB … But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

  • NLT … For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

James 2:26 AMPC … As the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from [its] works of obedience is also dead.

Good works of obedience to the Spirit
Are evidence of a living faith in Christ Jesus …

Lord let us be obedient to the leading of your Holy Spirit. Thank You that as we let you accomplish Your work within us, Your fruit will become evident in our lives.

Galatians 5:22-26 AMPC … But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, 23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].
24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires.
25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]
26 Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another.

Good works of obedience to the Spirit
Are evidence of a living faith in Christ Jesus
Fruit showing who you belong to 
Jn 15:8
They shine
Displaying the riches of  His grace, mercy & love –Eph 2:4-10
Glorifying our Father in heaven.

John 15:4, 8 AMPC … Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. …
… 8 When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.

Lord Jesus, help us abide vitally united to You. Thank You that as we do this, much fruit will be revealed, showing us to be Your workmanship. We desire to shine displaying the riches of Your grace, mercy & love glorifying our Father.

Matthew 5:14-16 NASB … You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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