The Works of Faith

So exactly what does work have to do with faith? Firstly, consider that without work, faith is dead:

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:26, KJV)

Dictionaries help immensely with understanding. First, the word « works » is from the Greek word ergon, translated as the noun work, or deed. A work or a deed means: the exertion of strength; effort; product (something accomplished); performance; achievement or exploit; power of action; or fact (reality). Mechanically, work is the causing of motion against a resisting force [note that spiritually, we come against a resisting force as well].  Technically, work is the transference of energy from one system to another. (All definitions are from the Webster’s 1913 Dictionary.) In other words, our work of faith is our accomplished performance as we move against the resisting force of evil by transferring energy from the spiritual realm within us (Luke 17:21) to the natural world around us. Continuer la lecture de « The Works of Faith »