Faith


James chapter 2

2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

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 Elohim; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed YHWH, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of YHWH.

2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

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

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One can in truth speak of sabbaths in the plural only as one can speak of many gods. “There is no EL but one. For though there are that are called elohims, whether in heaven or on earth; as there are gods many and lords many; yet to us there is one Elohim, the Father, of whom are all things, and we unto Him; and one Master, Yahshua, Messiah, through whom are all things, and we through Him” 1 Cor. 8: 4-6. So, though there be various sabbaths, so called, there is but one true Sabbath, the Sabbath of Elohim 
ELOHIM'S SABBATH 

The word Sabbath" means rest. It is a Hebrew word transferred into the English language. When Hebrews used the word "Sabbath," it conveyed the same idea to them that the word "rest" does to us. The fourth commandment therefore really says to us: "Remember the rest day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the rest of YHWH thy Elohim; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, not thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man servant, nor thy maid servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore Elohim blessed the rest day and hallowed it" 

We must not make the mistake of judging Elohim's rest from what men are accustomed to call rest. Elohim is not a man. We should rather learn from Elohim's rest what rest really is. Elohim's rest is not mere physical rest from weariness. This we know from two facts: First, "Elohim is Spirit." John 4: 24. Not "a spirit," as though He were one of many; but He is Spirit, as it is rendered in the margin of the Revised Version. Second, "The everlasting Elohim, our Master, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary." Is. 40: 28. Elohim therefore did not rest because He was tired, and His rest is not physical, but spiritual, since he is Spirit. "They that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth," 

Elohim rested, not because He was weary, but because His work was finished. When work is finished, and is well done, nothing but rest remains. In six days Elohim finished His work, and as He surveyed it He pronounced it "very good." There was no flaw in it. It was without fault before Him. Therefore since Elohim's work was done and well done at the close of the sixth day, "He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made." He had no sad reflexions, no regrets. His rest was not marred, as what man calls rest so often is, by any such thought as, "Tomorrow I must go at that work again;" nor, "I wish I had done this portion a little differently;" nor, "If I could do that over again, I could make an improvement;" nor, "That last day's work is so bad that I can not bear to look at it; I was so tired when I got to it that I couldn't half do it." Nothing of the kind. Every portion of the work, even man, was as perfect as it was possible for it to be, and Elohim took pure delight in contemplating the work from which He was resting, because it was complete and perfect. 

This is the rest which He offers to us. It is not something He imposes on us, but which He in everlasting love and kindness gives to us. Rest is not a task that is laid on one. It is not a burden. They who look upon the Sabbath as a burden, have no idea of what the Sabbath of Elohim is. It is rest, perfect, unalloyed rest. 

Yahshua Moshiach {Messiah} is the One by whom the worlds were made, "for in Him were all things created, in the heavens, and upon the earth," therefore He is the One who offers us this rest. To every soul He cries, "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matt. 11:28. The rest is found in Him, because in Him the works of Elohim are completed. In Him is the new creation, and if any man be in Him, he is new creature. On the stake Yahshua cried, "It is finished," thus showing that in His stake we find that perfect rest that comes alone from the finished work of Elohim. 
This rest is gained by faith. "We which believe do enter into rest." How so? – Because by faith we have the finished, perfect work of Elohim as our own. "This is the work of Elohim, that ye believe on Him whom he hath sent." John 6:29. Believing Him means receiving Him; and since in Him the works of Elohim are complete, it follows that by believing on Him we find the rest. 

The rest that Yahshua gives is rest from sin. The heavy laden whom He calls to Him are those who are burdened with the weight of their sins. All men are thus burdened, "for all have sinned." Our best works are utterly worthless. Yahshua will have a people who are "zealous of good works" (Titus 2: 14, 15); but the good works must be those which Elohim Himself has wrought for us in Yahshua. Only His work is enduring. "His work is honorable and glorious; and His righteousness endureth forever." Ps. 111:3. Therefore, "by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of Elohim; not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yahshua unto good works, which Elohim hath before prepared that we should walk in them." Eph. 2:8-10, It is "not by works done in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Set Apart Spirit {Holy Spirit}, which He poured out upon us richly, through Yahshua our Saviour." Titus 3:5,6. It is by the works of Elohim, therefore, that we are saved, and not by our own. Good works there are in abundance, and they are for us too, but through no work of our own, solely through the perfect work of Elohim in Yahshua. If the works were our own, then the rest would be our own; but Elohim gives us His rest, not ours, because only His works can yield perfect rest. "He hath made His wonderful works to be remembered" (Ps. 111:4), or, literally, "He hath made a memorial for His wondrous works." That memorial is the seventh day, the day on which He has rested from all His works. That day He has blessed and sanctified, made holy. Its holiness has never departed from it, for "whatsoever Elohim doeth, it shall be forever." No matter what man does, nor how man regards the day, its holiness remains. 

"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of Elohim;" and the seventh day, which Elohim forever declares to be His rest, is that by which He makes known to us the perfection of His rest, because it calls us to contemplate a finished and perfect new creation. It reveals to us the everlasting Elohim, the unwearied, almighty Creator, who has wrought and laid up great goodness for them that trust in Him before the sons of men. Ps. 31:19. It reminds us that we are "complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power." It tells us that, although we have sinned, and brought the curse on Elohim's perfect creation, the Stake of Messiah, which bears the curse, restores and perpetuates the perfect work of Elohim, so that through it we may stand without fault before the throne of Elohim, just as when man was first made. "Thanks be unto Elohim for His unspeakable gift." 


THE JEWISH SABBATH 
There is such a thing as "the Jewish sabbath," or the sabbath of the Jews, but it is so far different thing from the Sabbath of Elohim. Many people imagine that if one observes the seventh day, he is keeping the Jewish sabbath; but that does not at all follow. No one keeps the Jewish sabbath if he keeps the Sabbath "according to the commandment." There is the same difference between the Jewish sabbath and the Sabbath of Elohim that there is between a man and Elohim. Let us explain: 
"The seventh day is the Sabbath of Elohim" but we have seen that Elohim's rest is spiritual rest, which the seventh day commemorates. A man may cease from physical toil on the seventh day of the week, and not keep the Sabbath of Elohim. If a man stops work on Friday evening at sunset, and abstains from all labor until the next day at sunset, merely as a form of worship, and in order that he may be physically better able to go at his work again, or with the thought that he is thereby discharging a duty, and gaining the favor of Elohim, that is not keeping the Sabbath of Elohim. To keep the Sabbath of Elohim is to delight in our Elohim. Those who do not delight themselves in Elohim, do not keep His Sabbath, no matter when they abstain from labor. 
It is absolutely impossible for one who is not in Yahshua to keep Elohim's Sabbath; for, as we have seen, Elohim's rest comes only from His perfect work, which is found only in Yahshua. "We which believe do enter into rest." Therefore no Jew, so called, as distinguished from a believer in Yahshua, keeps the Sabbath of Elohim, even though he apparently rests on the seventh day of the week. His rest is his own rest, and not the rest of Elohim 
Do you see the difference? The Jewish sabbath falls on the same day of the week as the Sabbath of Elohim's Shabbat {Sabbath}, but it is not by any means the same thing. It represents only the man himself, and his own work. Instead of being the sign of justification by faith in the work of the Lord, it is the sign of self-righteousness. as indicated by the question which the Jews asked of Yahshua, "What shall we do, that we might work the works of Elohim?" They counted their own works equal to Elohim's works. Their obedience was not the obedience of faith, but only of form. From such a Sabbath may Elohim deliver us. It is far from it that we are delivered in the Sabbath of Elohim, for we are saved from our own works, and given the perfect works of Elohim. "The seventh day is the Sabbath of Elohim," but let us beware of making it a mere caricature of rest. Let us take it for what it is: the rest of Elohim. 


THE PAPAL SABBATH 
This is something entirely different from the sabbath of the Jews, and infinitely different from the Sabbath of Elohim. The Sabbath of Elohim is the acceptance of Elohim's own works, and rest in them alone, allowing Him to work both to will and do of His good pleasure; the Jewish sabbath represents the vain attempt of zealous and self-confident men to do the works which Elohim Himself does, and which Elohim alone can do; but the pope's sabbath signifies the substitution of man's work for Elohim's work, as being not only as good, but even better. It dispenses with even the form of the commandment of Elohim. Let us see how this is. 

Elohim's Sabbath has been sufficiently dwelt on for the present. We know what it is. We have seen that the Jews' sabbath is the observing of the form of Elohim's Sabbath, without the substance, which can come only by faith. It falls on the same day, but it man's sabbath, not Elohim's. The papal sabbath has nothing in common with the Sabbath of Elohim, not even in form, but utterly repudiates it. Thus a Roman Catholic book, entitled "A Sure Way to Find Out the True Religion," says:– 
"The keeping holy Sunday is a thing absolutely necessary to salvation; and yet this is nowhere put down in the Bible; on the contrary, the Bible says, 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep is holy' (Ex. 20: 8), which is Saturday, and not Sunday; therefore the Bible does not contain all things necessary to salvation." 

This is only one out of many similar citations that might be given, but is sufficient to show that in the observance of Sunday the Catholic Church deliberately repudiates the Word of Elohim, and sets itself above it. It has placed its sabbath on an entirely different day from the Sabbath of Elohim,– a day which even Elohim Himself could not possibly have made His Sabbath, since on it He began His work, – in order to emphasize its claims to above Elohim. It would teach men that they are to obey the church rather than Elohim. 

Notice that the citation speaks about necessity of "keeping holy the Sunday." But Elohim has not made the Sunday holy. In fact, the Bible knows nothing about such a day. It does know the first day of the week, which it calls a working day, but the Sunday, a day composed of parts of two days, was made in Rome. The only day that Elohim has ever spoken of as holy is the seventh day of the week. That day He Himself has made holy, and all He asks of us is keep it holy. But since Elohim has not made the Sunday holy, it follows that if man is to keep it holy, a man himself must make it holy. All the sacredness in the world that Sunday has is that which man gives to it. The Sunday sabbath, therefore, stands as the sign of man's pretended power to make things holy. For if man can make one thing holy, it is evident that he can make anything holy. If man can make and keep a day holy, then he can make and keep himself holy. The papal sabbath is thus the sign of the pope's claims to take the place of Elohim as the sanctifier of sinners. 

While the seventh day is the sign of Elohim's power to save by His own works, the Sunday is the sign of man's assumed power to save himself by his own works, entirely apart from and in spite of Elohim. It repudiates Elohim in repudiating His Word. Take notice that this is said of the Papal Sunday, and not of all those who regard it as a holy day. There are thousands who are keeping the papal day, honestly supposing it to be the Sabbath of Elohim. Such, of course, believe in justification by faith, although they unwittingly observe the sign of justification by works. It is for the benefit of such that this article is written, that they may be wholly consistent in their profession of faith. We are dealing with facts, regardless of how men may stand related to them; and the facts are that the Master's Sabbath is justification by faith; the papal sabbath means justification by works, and that man's own works. On which side will you stand? 

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