Works Without Faith

2 The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken. Psalm 15:2-5

The key to this passage is found in verse four: fearing the Lord. Without a healthy fear of the Lord, i.e., faith, all the works associated are meaningless. I know it’s a strong statement but it’s not without Biblical precedence.

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. Isaiah 64:6

But without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6

And those being in the flesh are not able to please God. Romans 8:8

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

When we have faith,  our “works” now mean something and can be done to the glory of God. When you work according to that end, it doesn’t really seem like work.

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