2nd Timothy 1:9=Who hath saved
us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but
according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ
Jesus before the world began,
1=What shall we say then
that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
2=For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to
glory; but not before God.
3=For what saith the scripture?
believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
4=Now to him that worketh is
the reward not reckoned of grace,
but of debt.
5=But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that
justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
6=Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto
whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7=Saying,
are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are
is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
|When we do works
(as one who hires out to an employer expecting wages in return) to earn
our righteousness (the wages are not counted as grace but as
debt.) we are looking towards our own ACTS and efforts to earn our
righteousness, denying our faith in the ACT of Christ on the cross...His flesh for
ours...(GRACE). His Grace which covers us and gives us Eternal
Life...and His Righteousness.
That is why
if we believe we can work our
way into righteousness we are just working our way deeper into
debt.....because we are looking more and more towards our own
efforts and not having faith on the ACT and Mystery of CHRIST. It is the Grace of
Jesus Christ that saves us, not our works.
Ego is Sin....self will.
Does this mean we should not do works? NO and
YES! "No", if we are doing them to earn something...such as our
salvation. "Yes", if we are sharing the love given us through
Christ's ACT. If we are helping others without expecting anything
in return (not glory in Heaven) for our own gain. When we love the
Master, we want to do things for the Master to return our love to
Him.....putting OTHERS (those our Master also loves) before
OURSELVES is one of the best ways to return our love to the Master.
Our Daily Sacrifice of self becomes a gift to Him, just as the death of
Jesus Christ on the cross was a GIFT to us.
Romans 3: 19-31 19=Now we know that
what things soever the law saith, it saith to them
who are under the law: that every
mouth may be stopped, and all the world
may become guilty before God. 20=Therefore by
the deeds of the law there shall
no flesh be justified in his (God's)
sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21=But
now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being
witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22=Even
the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto
all and upon all them that believe: for there is no
difference: 23=For all have sinned, and come short of the glory
of God; 24=Being justified freely by his
grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25=Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation
through faith in his blood, to
declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past,
through the forbearance of God; 26=To declare, I say, at this
time his righteousness: that he might be just, and
the justifier of him which believeth in
Jesus. 27=Where is boasting then? It is excluded.
By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28=Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without
the deeds of the law. 29=Is he the God of the Jews only? is he
not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30=Seeing it
is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and
uncircumcision through faith. 31=Do we then make void the
law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law
confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a
good work in you will
perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
(Christ first loved
us....and that was the beginning of a "good work" in us....and His
love will stay with us, conforming us to His image.)
Revelations 22:12=(Jesus Speaking) And,
behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me,
to give every man according
as his work shall be.
(When Christ returns at the
End of Days when the 7th trump sounds...He will give to us,
according to what we have given to His people....our love and
good gift and every
perfect gift is from
above, and cometh down from
the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither
shadow of turning.
rest assured that what He gives us will be beyond value....and His
evaluation of us will be JUST and TRUE.
2nd Corinthians 4:6=For God, who
commanded the light to shine
out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts,
to give the light of the
knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
John 14: 12=(Jesus speaking) Verily,
verily, I say unto you, He
that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and
greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my
After Jesus ascended unto HEAVEN, after rising from the dead, and
walking with His Apostles for 40 days, He sent to us the HOLY SPIRIT
to empower us, which will have full magnitude as we become conformed
to His Likeness, especially when we endure to the end and are
transfigured and flesh no more is a hindrance to us.
Ephesians 3: 16-20=That
he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,
to be strengthened with
might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in
your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in
love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the
breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of
Christ, which passeth knowledge,
that ye might be filled with
all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do
exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that
worketh in us,
Romans 8: 35-39=Who
shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or
nakedness, or peril, As it is written,
For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are
accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am
persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things
to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which
is in Christ Jesus our Lord.