James 2: There is no such thing as a fire insurance Christian. If there were, all the demons would be in heaven right now. If all it really takes is believing that Jesus is the son of God and acknowledging that - well then... “Even the demons believe, and shudder!” Vs 19. No, contrary to popular belief, the Bible clearly states that faith, without works, is dead; “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.”vs 26.
We must not, cannot sit back and rest with our belief and think that is enough. We must do more. We must obey and live out the life we were called to live, otherwise we are no better than the rock on the ground.
God is so heartbroken and offended by those that feel this way and hide behind their so called “righteousness“. It won’t save us! He tells his people (that includes us, grafted in by faith now) as much in Ezekiel 33:12 “and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness when he sins. Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet if he trusts in his righteousness and does injustice, none of his righteous deeds will be remembered, but in his injustice that he has done he shall die.”
Thank god for grace. This is not where it ends. We have the chance to repent. God calls us to repent, turn away from our sins and come back to him. Isn’t that the whole gospel story? Thank God that we are alive in Christ Jesus, amen!