Can Faith Save?

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    Faith is a core element in religion and yet faith is also a very complex concept. Faith is often times viewed as just believing, however scripture teaches us that faith is so much more than just believing. James 2:19 says, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe and tremble.” While believing is a good thing, believing alone is not faith. Devils believe and tremble knowing the power of God, yet devils are far from having faith in God.

    In James 2, James discusses the concept of faith in great detail. He begins the discussion by asking a great question that many have wondered and that most base their salvation on. James 2:14 says, “what does it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works, can faith save him?” Can faith save us? Is faith alone enough to bring us salvation? James answers this question over the next few verses.

    What good does it do to tell a hungry person to “be warmed and filled”, but not give them that which they need? It doesn’t help them one single bit. In the same way, faith without works is dead. James 2:15-16, “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” Faith can only be shown by works. Without works, faith does not really exist.

    So salvation cannot come by faith alone, but works are necessary as well. Works cannot earn salvation (Eph 2:8-9), yet they are still required and commanded by God. Christianity is more than just believing in God. Christianity is living a righteous and faithful life.

    The term “Faith” is also used very loosely today. One will use the word faith when talking about almost anything. Yet true faith comes from the word of God. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” It is a study of the word of God that builds and establishes our faith. Therefore the word of God is necessary in order to fully strengthen and establish our faith.

    Hebrews 11 also deals extensively with faith. Hebrews 11 discusses many different people who all had true faith. Abraham’s faith was seen when we left his home as God commanded. Noah’s faith was seen when he built an ark as God commanded. Enoch’s faith was seen when he walked with God commanded. Each and every example in Hebrews illustrates that true faith is a walk with God. True faith is a complete trust in God and a willingness to follow and obey God regardless of the command.

    Faith is a complex topic because we have made it difficult. The Bible shows us that faith is a complete trust in God and a willingness to obey Him. Faith is realizing that God is in control and that if God commands us to do something, then that command must be obeyed because it is what is best for us. Faith is realizing that life may be difficult and Satan may throw many struggles my way, but God is working in the background and will work everything out for good as long as I stay true to Him (Romans 8:28).