Seeing is believing but believing is not seeing (Part 2)

23 Apr

If you want to read part 1 before reading part 2, click here.

We know that there is evidence for God. We know God reveals Himself through evidence. God never says something without demonstrating His ability to carry it out. For example, God says that He loves us but if He never did anything to show us He loves us, then it would be really hard to imagine that He actually does love us. God does love us and He demonstrates that ultimately through His Son (John 3:16).

Now here is where we come in. Can we say we have faith and not demonstrate that faith? James says we cannot (James 2:14-ff). Jesus says we cannot (John 14:15, 23, 24). Jesus says that nobody can claim to love Him, without the keeping of His commands and the only person whom God and Christ will dwell in, are those who love Jesus to the point of keeping His word in it’s entirety. Now some may call that legalism or Pharisaical but I suggest to you that, that term is way overused and has become an excuse for people who do not want to fully dedicate their lives entirely to Christ. The term “Pharisaical” has come to be a negative term used to those who think that we need to obey the commands of the Bible and follow it’s pattern but unfortunately Jesus did not call out the Pharisee’s for them keeping the Law and following the commands of God, it was because of their misuse of the Law and binding traditions over the law of God. They were hypocrites, binding things that they were not willing to do themselves. Jesus told the people “all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds ” (Matthew 23:3). You see Jesus said when they are teaching from the Law of Moses, do and keep those things but do not follow their example of carrying the will of God out because they were doing it wrong. Pharisaical should not mean “be keeping the laws of God” but it should point to someone who is being hypocritical and trying to bind laws that are not found in the laws of God.

I say all that to say this, if our faith has no evidence, then it is dead (James 2:14-ff). If our faith does lead us to obedience, it is dead (Romans 1:5; 16:24). If our faith does not result in being tested and proven worthy, it is dead and will not obtain salvation (1 Peter 1:3-9).

If we can say that God could not claim to love us without demonstrating it, then we cannot claim to love Jesus without demonstrating it. This does not mean we can love Jesus in whatever way we want to love Jesus, we need to love Jesus in the way He asked us to love Him and that is by keeping His commands. We may not be perfect but we are striving for the finish line, continuing to grow in love, faith, and grace until one day we can say what Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). You see there is fight that needs to be fought, there is a race that needs to be run, and there is a faith that needs to be kept, if we do not do these things, we have not demonstrated our love for God but only a love for ourselves because we have not become like Jesus, only doing the will of God and not our own will.

I hope you take this into serious consideration and think upon the verses that were used and try to apply them in the way God wanted them applied!


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