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Eowyn's Heart

The name of this blog is based on the character Eowyn from Lord of the Rings because I strongly identify with her on many levels. The purpose of this blog is to proclaim the glory of my Lord and King through His work in conforming me into the image of His Son, Christ Jesus. In all things, I trust you will see His hand at work.

Monday, March 27, 2006

The Demons also believe - and tremble . . .

So, what is it that makes the Christian's "belief" in God different from the Demon's belief? I think this is a crucial point for understanding true salvation. James 2:19 states, "You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe - and tremble!" Satan & his clan all know, and understand far better than you or I are able, the nature of Christ - His union with God the Father in diety, His incarnation, His sinless life, His selfless sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection. They, above all on this earth, *believe* the gospel. They know it is true beyond a shadow of a doubt. They witnessed it.

So - what does the Scripture really mean when it says in that famous John 3:16, "that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life"? There are a lot of folks out there who truly believe they are saved because they believe the facts of the gospel and they point to this verse as evidence of their salvation. They live their lives as "good" folks and one day, they will wake up in the throne-room of God and hear Him say, "Depart from Me, for I never knew you!" What an awful deception they are living in. What a terrible awakening it will be on that day.

Why won't their belief in "Jesus as personal Savior" save them? Because that's all He is to them - the one who took away their sins through His sacrifice. They neglect the greater and more important part of their salvation - Christ did not just die for our sins - He Rose to sit at the right hand of the Father. We cannot just accept Him as Savior, we must also bend the knee to serve Him as Lord.

This is what makes true Christian belief different from that of the demons. They refuse to bow the knee in submission and are, therefore, justly condemned. How can we expect it would be any different for us? Our belief must lead to a humbling of our hearts. He must be Master or He is not truly Savior.

James answered the question this way, "But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?" Man does not "want" to know - it means submission - it means allowing God to run our lives, to do with us as He pleases (as is His right). This does NOT mean that we work our way to heaven. That is not what James is gettting at. A person can do all kinds of good works and not be in submission to God (Matthew 7:21-23). And we know from other passages that salvation is solely by the grace of God (Eph. 2:8-9) and cannot be earned by good works. James is declaring a simple fact - that one who is truly redeemed and who has bowed the knee to Christ as Savior AND Lord, will *naturally* do good works. Good works do not prove true faith, but true faith will always result in good works.

I challenge you to examine yourself now - to see if you are truly in the faith. Are you wholly submitted to Christ as Lord? Do you obey and honor Him habitually? Now is the time of humbling - the time to completely submit. "Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and lean not to your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."

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