“He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction“
A tender heart is open to the instruction of the Lord. It is attentive to His whispers. It is as we come to know His voice and His way that we are able to grow and develop in our life in God. Our teach-ability is evidence that we are in “the way of life”.
Paul was ever attentive to the instruction of the Lord. His life was one of continual learning. His was a life-long quest to know His God.
“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need”
This learning was experiential to the point where he could glorify God in every situation in which he found himself. While it is easy to gain knowledge, only the experiential knowing of Him will bring changes, eternal changes, into our lives.
It is in keeping His instruction whereby we can be confident that we are in the Way of Life. It is the verity of our life in Him.
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble”
Belief in and of itself is not the revelation of a true heart. We live in a time when people are considered “children of God” because of their beliefs rather than the life they live. Jesus said we would know a life by its fruits, not words.
“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit”
A person’s beliefs will never produce the fruit of the Spirit; Faith must. Our real faith is fully summed up in the life which we now live. It cannot be any other way for faith is in itself the “substance” and the “evidence” of things hoped for.
“…and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God”
Paul’s faith was revealed in the “now” of his life and as such was expressed in his earthly walk. So too our faith is expressed in our everyday life. It is imperative that we do not let our “beliefs” deceive us as to our true condition.
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness…”
Without a change of heart unto righteousness the “belief” of an individual is merely an intellectual exercise in vanity. Such was the religion of the Scribes and the Pharisees and the same nature as the believing devils of which James speaks.