Examining the context of verses from the Bible are very important to understanding their full meaning. This is especially so regarding faith.

Many people believe that faith alone is all they need to be saved. That comes from the misinterpretation of these verses:

Jesus said…

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

– John 3:16

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

– John 5:24

However, that’s not the entire story. Further clarification is found here…

Jesus said…

“Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be clearly seen that what he has done has been accomplished in God.”

– John 3:20-21

Faith must be accompanied by action

“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

– John 3:36

In other words, someone can say they have faith in Christ all day long. However, their actions may tell a different story.

“You believe that God is one. Good for you! Even the demons believe that, and shudder! O foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is worthless?”

– James 2:19-20

Faith without action is dead

“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

– James 2:26

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

– James 2:17

Actions speak louder than words

“But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

– James 2:18

Our actions are a testament of our faith

“Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. by their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit”

– Matthew 7:15-17

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”

– James 3: 13

Faith = faith + action

“But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do,”

– 1 Peter 1:15

Read the Bible to improve your faith

Reading your Bible is the way to put the words of God in context. You’ll learn how to put your faith into action. The word of God will strengthen you and guide you toward action that is based on faith and pleasing to God.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

– Romans 10:17

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