Confession amounting to action
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
The Bible says that we must be doers of the word and not just hearers. This is explained better with an analogy. It is likened to a man who is looking at his face in a mirror. When we look at ourselves in a mirror, we see our natural face. The Word of God is like a mirror. It shows us our spiritual side. It reflects what we are in Jesus and our strengths in Him. The Bible affirms many things about our identity in Jesus. Some of these are –
- Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
- We are God’s creation and the devil touches us not.
- We are the apple of His eye.
- We are a new creation.
- We are precious in His sight.
- He redeemed us with His blood.
However, through the week, our lives tell a different story. It looks like the devil is after us. Ephesians 6 refers to being able to stand against the viles of the devil on the evil day. Sadly, when we see problems in our lives, we forget what we saw in the Word. It is on such a day that we must take what we saw in the Word and apply in our life.
Verse 25 talks about continuing in it. Jesus says if we continue in the Word, we will be his disciples. If we hear the Word, we will continue in it. Not for just one day in church. We will live victoriously in the reality of our redemption all through the week.
What is faith work?
The Works referred to in the above passage is faith work. It means standing on our ground, continuing to confess the name of God, and not wavering. When we are facing an overwhelming problem, we stand on what we learned from the Word about our identity in Jesus the previous day. In the midst of our problem, we continue in it and do the work. This is the work of seeing and saying the same thing that God has said. Confession, therefore, amounts to the corresponding action/work.
…to be continued…