Biblical Interpretation of Good Works and Salvation
What is the role of good works in salvation?
Eph. 2:8,9 “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.”
James 2:!4 “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?”
As far as any 'Good works'; yes we are saved to do good works but not saved because of any good works that we could do. It is very important to understand the difference.
This question is a key difference between Biblical Christianity and most of the Religions and Christian" cults of the day. Is salvation by faith alone, or by faith plus works? Am I saved just by believing in Jesus, or do I have to believe in Jesus and do certain things?
When you consider to overall context of the scripture you will learn that Salvation is not dependant on 'Good Works' at all and that salvation is by faith alone, that is in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Jesus has already done the work required for our ssalvation by dying on the cross for our sin which we could not do ourselves. All that is depended on us is to fully believe that we are sinners in need of salvation and that we confess this to Him in prayer, recognizing that he died for your sin and paid the debt in full.
Mnay today are living in a false hope of their etrnal security of their works for their salva tion. Many are brought into bondage even by the "Church" they attend because of wrong teaching of a works based theology.
Search the scripture today and find the truth out for yourselves. Do not get mixed up in a 'works based religion' and a false security of eternal life.
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