Monday, December 7, 2020

Difference Between Works and Good Works

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2 Timothy 2:20-21 KJV “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work".

Roy: I don't do that kind of business, I'm a Christian

Pato: What do you mean? Am I not a Christian too? I bankroll an orphanage and have been to the holy land twice with the proceeds from this same business. What have you done? I'm a better Christian than you.

When someone called Jesus “good master” in Matthew 19:16-17, Jesus responded by saying “there is none good but one, that is, God”. Then in verse 21, Jesus said to the man, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me". By this, Jesus made it clear that only God is good, thus to be good, you have to know God and this is by following Him (Jesus).

It is those who are following Jesus that can do good works, they will if they purge themselves from evil (2 Tim.2:21). The best an unbeliever (one who is not under the Lordship of Jesus Christ) can do is charity. Only those born of God can do Good works. Good works are what would accrue eternal rewards for people.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (KJV) says “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work”. You see, the one who empowers for good works is Jesus.

Go into knowing that charitable works do not make one good. You become good by yielding to Jesus, and then, your works become good works.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I declare that you are my Lord, please establish me in every good word and work. Amen
— Dr. Emmanuel James

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