"Charles Spurgeon illustrated the importance of faith’s obeject by telling of two men in a Boat. Caught in serve rapids , they were being swept toward a waterfall. some men on shore tried to save them by throwing them a rope. One man caught hold of it and was pulled to safetyon the shore. The other, in the panic of the moment, grapped hold of a seemly more substanial log that was floating by. that man was carried over the rapids and never seen again. Faith, represented by by the rope linked to shore, connects us to Jesus Christ and safely. Good works apart from true Faith, represented in the story by the log , leads only to ruin."
-John MacAuthur, The MacAuthur New Testament Commentary on Colossians & Philemon (1992, Moody Bible Press) Page 17