Saturday, April 30, 2016

GOOD WORKS

 
Devotional Audio: http://j.mp/1TBzEQb
Eph 2:8-9
Eph 2:8-9

For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast.[NET]

“Pastor SD Abraham, can you please explain Ephesians 8:9 in light of the devotional you wrote yesterday about THE TRUE FAITH. It clearly states that our salvation is not from works. Why then do you say faith must have works?”

If you read the verse after today’s Bible verse you quoted, it says we are now created in Christ Jesus for Good works.  

Eph 2:10 says “For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works…”

The works produced by your faith are not dead works of the flesh produced by legalism.

Let’s be clear about something, there’s no ‘good’ work you can do that can pay for your salvation. There is no ‘good’ without God (Jesus made this quite clear in Mat 19:17), and God does not work with you to do His good works without faith in your heart.

The only way we receive salvation is by faith in Christ Jesus. What Apostle James teaches in James 2 is that if this faith is not dead, it has works that it produces as proof of its life.

Therefore, there are two categories of works: THE WORKS OF THE FLESH (referred to in Eph 8:9) and THE GOOD WORKS OF FAITH (referred to in Eph 8:10, James 2:14).

If your faith does not produce any good works, it is dead because any faith that is living produces good works. God has called us and ordained us to bring forth fruit which can be referred to as the good works of faith.

Go into today knowing that Just as a branch abiding in the vine does not struggle to bring forth fruit, so you are not to struggle to produce good works if your faith is living.

Confession: My faith is alive, and it produces good works in my life. Amen.Not saved? Go to: http://bit.ly/1iTOmol
-Pas SD Abraham

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