Rockem Sockem Apostles


This fight has been long in the making.  The spectators have taken their seats.  And there is great excitement in the air.  Finally these two great Apostles are going to have it out.  This will settle once and for all the debate between works and grace.

Ding!

The Apostles are making their way to the middle of the ring.  On the left is “James by Works” and to the right his opponent “Paul it’s by Grace Stupid”.  Both of these men have been brushing up on their techniques and their methods, but clearly Paul is the favorite today. 

Paul takes the first swing,

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:[1]

And he misses as James steps out of his reach.  They are dancing around the ring sizing each other up.  James steps up to deliver a blow.  Paul blocks and…

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.[2]

Paul robs James of his chance and steps into James and takes a shot, surprising James with a blow to the rib.  James has backed off and moved more toward Paul’s corner.  Paul follows him into the corner and swings.

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)[3]

James tries to evade again, but Paul glances James on his brow and leaves a small cut over his left eye.  Bamb! James unexpectedly lays one right on the jaw of Paul,

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.[4]

Sending Paul’s head spinning over his left shoulder.  That had to hurt.

The crowd is starting to become more alive now as the excitement builds.  This has been a rowdy crowd already.  It has been rumored some have already been escorted out of the arena by security do to doctrinal issues.

James is skipping across the floor, shuffling his feat.  Obviously that last blow has built up his confidence.  James tags Paul again.

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?[5]

This crowd is getting rowdy.  Half are cheering and the other half is booing.  Paul delivers a solid hit back with a right hook.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.[6]

Paul is really working over the cut above James eye.  James wipes the blood out of his eye with his glove.  James is now circling to his right trying to stay out of Paul’s reach.  James quickly steps into Paul, delivering a massive blow to Paul’s jaw with an uppercut. 

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.[7]

Paul like a raving zombie looks like he is unaffected.  His resolve is resolute now as he pushing James into the corner and…Oh the crowd is going wild.  Paul just came down on James again, working his now large cut above his eye.

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.[8]

James is stumbling into the ropes.  That last hit almost knocked James out.  Paul is right over him…

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,[9]

Ooohhh that last blow has knocked James down on his knees, with his left hand holding him up and his right hand in the air, trying to block any more devastating blows from Paul.  There is anarchy here tonight at the arena.  The crowd has grown uncontrollable as the fight has now been taken up by the spectators.  Security has been called, but what can they do?

Paul is standing over James, who still has his hand up.  James is finished!  Clearly Paul has won this fight.  Wait, where is Paul going?  He is walking over to his corner.  He is asking his manager for something, but I can’t quite hear it.  The manager is shaking his head no.  Paul is demanding now, but I can not tell what he is saying.  His manager looks angry! 

Paul is walking back over to James, who is now on both knees and hands.  He is just standing there looking down at James.  The crowd has noticed and the fights have stopped.  You could hear a pin drop.  Paul is now looking over his shoulder at his manager leaving himself exposed to James.

I can’t believe it!  I can’t believe it!  Paul’s manager has just thrown in the towel!  The fight is over, James has won!  I can barely hear myself over this crowd.  What an upset has occurred here tonight folks.  Paul does not appear to be upset.  He must have told his manager to do this.  This must be what they were arguing about. 

Paul, Paul, why did you have your manager throw in the towel?  You had won the fight.

God…

Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,[10]

There you have it folks, straight from the horses mouth.  Every man is accountable for his deeds.  Those whose faith produces good works to eternal life and those who don’t wrath.

Well folks this has been a heck of a fight.  But as we can all now see, Paul and James are not the Rockem Sockem Apostles.

This sporting event has been brought to you by The Gospel According to the Gospel where there is no conflict in scripture and the Christian waits for his hope of salvation to be fulfilled when Christ returns.


[1] Romans 3:24

[2] Galatians 5:4

[3] Ephesians 2:5

[4] James 2:17

[5] James 2:20

[6] Ephesians 2:8-9

[7] James 2:26

[8] Romans 11:6

[9] 2 Timothy 1:9

[10] Romans 2:6-8

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