April 02, 2023 AM
(#15 in series)
Undivided: Faith That Works (Part 2)
Key Truth: It’s possible to have works without saving faith, but it is impossible to have saving faith without works.
What does this passage teach us about faith that works?
- Saving faith is always accompanied by sanctifying works. (vv. 14-18)
Warren Wiersbe taught this section by describing three different kinds of faith:
- Dead faith (vv. 17, 20, 26): “faith without works is dead” A type of faith that impacts the mind alone.
- Demonic faith (vv. 19-20): “the demons also believe, and shudder” Faith that impacts the mind and emotions.
- Dynamic faith (vv. 21-26): “faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected” Faith that impacts the mind, the emotions, and the will.
Current obedience is a stronger indicator of salvation than past profession.
- Intellectual __ is not saving faith. (vv. 19-20)
Saving faith has three essential aspects: __, conviction, and __ resulting in reliance.
- By understanding, a person fully __ the claims of the gospel.
- By conviction, a person has __ that the content of the gospel is true.
- By trust resulting in reliance, a person relies __ upon the gospel as his or her only means of salvation
- Sanctifying works prove and __ saving faith. (vv. 21-26)