Works for Gods Glory
Why should the believing sinner do good works?
Do we do good works so we can atone for our temporal sins
after we were baptized? Are we to do good religious works in order to make satisfaction
for our sins? Do we contribute to our salvation in some measure by good works? Are we to
believe that one day we will stand before God listening to the judgment as He decides if
we have had enough good works to outweigh our sins and condemnation?
The essential question is what is your motive for doing good works?
Are these done in order to be saved, or are they done because we have been
saved by grace through faith? The Bible is clear that we are not justified by faith plus
good works, but works do follow justification by faith.
It is only natural that good works should flow out of the salvation
already accomplished for us by Jesus Christ. Jesus alone is our Savor. He alone is the
sinless Lamb of God who could make atonement for sins. Only His blood cleanses from sin.
The only requirement of God is to repent and believe on Jesus Christ.
The only thing left for the sinner to do is accept the finished work
of Christ. Have you trusted in His work alone to save you?
Since we are Gods workmanship, created in His sovereign grace,
our salvation cannot be of ourselves. We are God-made. We are His workmanship. We have
been created in Christ Jesus for good works. We are Gods spiritual handiwork. In
regeneration we were made a new spiritual creature by Him (2 Cor. 5:17).
The apostle Paul wrote, For we are His workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in
them (Eph. 2:10).
God created us with the view of good works. Good works are not the cause
of our salvation, but the object of Gods creation. We were created in
Christ Jesus for good works, says the apostle Paul.
“God prearranged” for the sinner saved by grace to
do good works as evidence of being saved by grace. Good works are the
necessary outcome of our salvation by grace through faith. God destined these good works as His purpose
for us. The unseen source of these good works is Gods new creation. Gods
purpose is that these good works should actually and habitually be done by the believe. It
is not an option to serve Christ in good works, yet it is not a requirement to gain our
Our being Gods handiwork implies that our new nature will
reproduce His handiwork. We have been made anew in Christ; therefore we are expected to
produce from that new nature a life that is pleasing to our Creator. Our old nature
implies that we had to be made a new creation in Christ before we could produce anything
pleasing to a holy and righteous God.
Our salvation is all of grace. The marvelous thing is, If
anyone is in Christ; he is a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). Because of being Gods
new creation we have a better nature than we had before. Our new nature is nothing
less than the nature of the holy and eternal God within His people.
C. H. Spurgeon said, Because God is gracious, therefore sinful
men are forgiven, converted, purified and saved. It is not because of anything in them, or
that ever can be in them, that they are saved; but because of the boundless love,
goodness, pity, compassion, mercy and grace of God.
Faith plus good works does not equal justification.
Works follow justification as a consequence and evidence of
it. To eliminate good works in a Christians life as a result of saving grace must
also be rejected. They will always be the evidence of true spiritual regeneration in a
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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