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James 2:17 (NASB) Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
Works are no more the enemy of faith than breathing is the enemy of life.
Breathing is effortless, so that even when you are sleeping and kind of unconscious, it continues unabated.
But if you climb up a long flight of stairs or run a short distance, you will suddenly understand that breathing is serious work.
Panting as if your life depended on it. It does.
You cannot by getting the paramedics to use their resuscitation equipment to breathe for a dead man, get him to live again. It is life that produces breathing, in the first place.
A baby does not come alive by breathing. It is conceived and grows to full maturity in the womb without taking a single breath. The first breath is taken in the first minute of life after it comes out of the womb when the baby has been alive already, for nine whole months! But if it does not breathe, it is a problem; and where nothing is done to help it breathe, you will quickly discover that although it did not come alive by breathing, it will die by not breathing.
Is breathing produced by life? Yes, it is. Does breathing sustain life? Yes, it does.
So also is salvation and works.
So next time a person tells you that salvation cannot be maintained by works, ask them to hold their breath for you just to be sure they are still alive. [It is impossible to continue doing that for long].
For that is the same thing as someone who claims he is saved no matter what he does.
Because faith without works of obedience, works of righteousness, works of holy living,
-Dr. Ebele UzorPeters
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