Sep 7, 2013
Sep 1, 2013
Are Christians saved from works, or to works? Are there duties for a saved Christian?
“Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” Genesis 2:15
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
“ for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'. . . And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'” Matthew 25:35-36, 40
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister .” Hebrews 6:10
“Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:17-18
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.” 1 John 5:2
“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. “ Revelation 22:14
"It is faith alone that justifies, but the faith that justifies is not alone." John Calvin
Westminster Confession: Chapter 16 - Of Good Works: 2 & 3: These good works, done in obedience to God's commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith: and by them believers manifest their thankfulness, strengthen their assurance, edify their brethren, adorn the profession of the gospel, stop the mouths of the adversaries, and glorify God, whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto; that, having their fruit unto holiness, they may have the end, eternal life. 3. Their ability to do good works is not at all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ. And that they may be enabled thereunto, besides the graces they have already received, there is required an actual influence of the same Holy Spirit to work in them to will and to do of his good pleasure; yet are they not hereupon to grow negligent, as if they were not bound to perform any duty unless upon a special motion of the Spirit; but they ought to be diligent in stirring up the grace of God that is in them.