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Tuesday, August 16 2016
Galatians 3: Faith Is The Law
"Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father"
While to some, "works" is nothing more than vain, man-made religious observances that serve only the humans that do them - a condition that afflicts the man-made versions of Christianity as much as it does Judaism (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion? and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?), from a true Christian perspective, the English-language word "works" is used to refer to obedience to God.
The Messiah was sinless because of His "works."
"14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." (John 14:10-12 KJV)
True faith is living a life of being faithful to God by obeying Him - producing "good fruit." Faith without "works" (obedience) is not faith at all: "Faith, if it hath not works, is dead."
"2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" (James 2:17-20 KJV)
Someone had misled the church congregations in Galatia (see Unto The Churches Of Galatia) into becoming lawless in their view of grace - a bizarre delusion that God will bless those who defy and disobey His Word (see What Does Grace Really Mean? and The Servants Of Corruption Promise Liberty). Paul called them fools for gullibly believing it, and warned them to repent of their near-apostasy before it was too late (see Apocalypse Now).
"3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 3:4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
People become confused about what "works" really means because they equate it with Judaism - and so mistakenly presume that those who correctly teach "works" are promoting Judaism. But Judaism, and "lawless" Christianity," are both the dead works of the Holy Scriptures that the Messiah, and Paul, warned against. Works means genuine obedience to what the LORD actually commanded to do for salvation (see the Fact Finder question below).
"3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
This Day In History, August 16
30 BC: Marcus Atonius, more popularly known today as Mark Antony, died at age 52. He was a Roman military and political leader, an associate of Julius Caesar, and lover and ally of Cleopatra (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
1 BC: Wang Mang became the emperor of China's Han Dynasty that ruled 206 BC to 220 AD.
963: Nikephoros II Phokas became emperor of the Byzantine (East Roman) Empire.
1513: English and German forces under Henry VIII defeated the French at Guinegate, in what was called the Battle of the Spurs.
1777: France declared bankruptcy.
1812: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), British General Isaac Brock, together with native allies, attacked and captured Detroit along with U.S. General William Hull and his army. Hull, with more than 2,000 men, had retired to Fort Detroit after a failed U.S. invasion of Upper Canada (today known as Ontario). Brock was knighted for the action, however news of the award did not reach Canada until after Brock's death at the Battle of Queenston Heights in October 1812.
1868: A magnitude 8.5 earthquake in the Peru-Chile Trench in the Pacific produced a tsunami that struck the coast of Peru and Chile, killing approximately 70,000 people.
1870: The Battle of Mars-la-Tour during the Franco-Prussian War ended with a Prussian victory.
1896: Gold was discovered in Rabbit Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River, near the present site of Dawson, Canada. It set off what is often described as the greatest gold rush in human history (see also The City Of Pure Gold).
1906: A powerful earthquake struck Valparaíso, Chile, killing nearly 4,000 people.
1914: During the First World War (1914-1918; listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Liege fell to the Germans after fierce Belgian resistance and heavy German casualties. On the same day, the Austrian-born Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), who a year earlier had been rejected by the Austrian army on medical grounds, volunteered for service in a German regiment and was accepted.
1929: The 1929 "Palestine" (an English rendering of the Biblical Hebrew word "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?) riots between Arabs and Jews erupted in the British Mandate (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate). Over 130 Jews and 115 Arabs were killed.
1930: The first British Empire Games were opened, in Hamilton, Ontario.
1945: At the end of the Second World War, Puyi, the last Chinese emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, was captured by Soviet troops.
1949: After 45 years of burial in Vienna, the body of Theodor Herzl was taken to Israel, according to his request that the Jewish people move him there after the creation of the State of Israel. He was buried on a ridge facing Jerusalem, bearing the name Mount Herzl (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Zion and Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism; also Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism).
1960: Cyprus became an independent republic, with Archbishop Makarios as its first president.
1964: During the Vietnam civil war (the Vietnamese people were divided into North and South by French colonial forces in the 1950s), a U.S. backed coup overthrew South Vietnam President Duong Van Minh and replaced him with General Nguyen Khanh.
1972: Morocco's King Hassan II escaped unhurt when an airliner carrying him to Rabat was fired on by Moroccan Air Force pilots.
1989: A geomagnetic storm produced by a solar flare affected computers on earth e.g. it caused a shutdown of all trading on Toronto's stock exchange.
2010: China surpassed Japan as the World's second-largest economy.