Friday, April 11, 2008
Chicken or the Egg?
William "Bill" MacDonald's commentary is a keeper on James 2:24 (faith vs works). Refers back to points in Romans...
We are justified by 6 things: Grace, Faith, Blood, God, Power, Works
"Grace is the principle upon which God justifies
Faith is the means by which man receives it
Blood is the price which the Savior had to pay
God is the active Agent in justification
Power is the proof
Works are the result"
"...Works are not the root of salvation but the fruit; they are not the cause but the effect. Calvin put it tersely: "We are saved by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone.""
"True faith and works are inseparable. The first produces the second and the second evidences the first."
...and for the record, the chicken came first.