Sunday, May 25, 2014
Faith, Works, and Christ
Christians have argued -- it seems endlessly -- whether we are justified before God by faith or by works. Too easily, we forget what was taught us by those who wrote our Scriptures: we are justified by Christ. What is faith? Faith is the open door through which Christ flows into us and fills us. What are works? Works are the love of Christ in us, pouring out to our neighbors through us.
Salvation is simple. God's grace flows through Christ to us, and through us to our neighbors. To be saved by faith and judged by works is not difficult to understand. Though it will seem complicated if we take our eyes off of Jesus -- such as when our inner lawyer wants to know something about works other than how to love our neighbor as ourselves.