Faith vs Works

God & Scripture

Malachi 1: 2-3 “…I have loved Jacob. But Esau I have hated…”

One thing I have struggled with recently is seeing non-believers live a better ‘looking’ lifestyle than some believers. They often seem to be more loving, more generous, more gracious and more forgiving. In fact they seem to practice what others preach!

This is something that I struggle with because we can read the Parable of the Two Sons in Matthew 21. We know they the son who actually did the work was better than the son who only said he would do it. The parable teaches us that those who practice it are better than those who only preach it.

But without faith…isn’t that works?

The story of Jacob and Esau is a perfect picture of this. Jacob treasured the birthright (representing our salvation/inheritance) but scripture says that Esau despised it (rejecting salvation/inheritance). The funny thing is that Jacob did more ‘wrong’ than Esau, he lied and deceived both his brother and father to steal the inheritance and blessing.

Above all though, God loved Jacob and hated Esau, for the simple reason that Jacob treasured the birthright. It was not dependent on how they performed or how good they were, it was dependent on how they received what God was giving them. It was a matter of Faith…not Works!

Salvation is not built upon how we perform or live our lives.
It is built upon how we receive God’s gracious offer of inheritance.


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