What Part Good Works Play In A Christians Life

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April 16, 2004


I have a question. If one believes in their heart and says with their mouth that they believe in Jesus Christ, that he died on the cross for our sins, that he rose from the dead and will come another day -  are all of the good works that you spoke of deemed unnecessary? In other words....we can do all the good works possible, but if we don't believe, the good works mean nothing.  So, can one reach heaven with just the belief in Jesus Christ/Resurrection alone? Or will we be judged by both our belief and our good works?




I want you to read these verses:  

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.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2:8-10  

This tells me that it is by faith that we are saved and no amount of good works will make us more or less saved.  It is by faith in Christ and repentance of sin alone.  One without the other is void.   

But look at verse 10, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."   

When we become a Christian this verse says we will do good works, not because that will get us to heaven, but because when we are in Christ and have become a new creation good works will flow out of us through a spontaneous heart.  

Will there be so-called weak and backslidden Christians in heaven?  I don't know and certainly I don't want to be in that position when I face God.  I certainly would be afraid He might say depart from me you working of iniquity for I never knew you.  That means that person never was saved in the first place.  They were only fooling themselves.  I can't think of one Biblical example of the judgment where God faces a person and says you started out saved, but lost your salvation because you turned away from me. You either are or you're not saved. 

I hope this has answered your question. 

Pastor Malone

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