Does right theology work alone?
Published December 5th, 2020; Updated December 5th, 2020
Main point summary
We must actively live out the word, for those who gaze at it without change deceive themselves but those that are doers will be blessed in their doing.
But be n doers of the word,
and not hearers only,
For if anyone is a hearer of the word
and not a doer,
he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.
For he looks at himself
and goes away
and at once forgets what he was like.
But the one who looks into the perfect law,
o the law of liberty,
being no hearer who forgets
but a doer who acts,
p he will be blessed in his doing.
We love books in our house, don't we? We sit here in a library full of theology books and Bibles. Surely, this makes us good Christians, right? Why not? Is it that we have to know what is in the books? That is not enough according to James. In James 1:22-25, he tells us that it is not enough just to know the Bible and shrug it off. Sometimes we hear the Bible taught at church and think to ourselves, I have failed so miserably. There is absolutely grace that is lavished out on us, but God does not want us to stay there. It is not dependent on our works, but God calls us to work. We must be those who do what the Bible says and not just read or hear it. That is not enough.