WORDKEEPING & WORKS

 

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast..” Ephesians 2:8, 9. This passage is sometimes quoted with the intent to prove that Christians don’t need to worry about works at all. Since we are not saved by works, does it follow that works are insignificant? Look at the next verse: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

 

God wants us to walk in good works. Why then the confusion about works? Part of the confusion may come because the Word of God refers to three types of works: 1.) the works of the law, 2.) the works of darkness or the works of the flesh, and 3.) good works. What are the differences between these types of works?

 

The works of the law refers to the carrying out of religious rituals, which were actually required by God,  but doing them with the motive to earn favor with God. We cannot earn favor with God by anything we do. No one is saved by doing good things. Trusting in your goodness is legalism. Legalism means depending on one’s law keeping or works to merit salvation, which is an impossibility. We are all law breakers, so we’ve already struck out. A broken law cannot save us. We are without hope unless God intervenes. We must trust in the saving grace of God alone for salvation.

 

The works of the flesh are the evil deeds we all have done – sins. We have all done works of the flesh, for all have sinned. We are to turn from these evil works! “They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:21

 

But are all works bad? Of course not! Good works are not bad! The Bible admonishes us to be faithful in doing good works thirteen specific times by actually using the term “good works.” Many other admonitions refer to the obedience and service God requires of us.

 

So then, is faithful Wordkeeping works? Why, yes, it is part of the “good works” that God wants us to do. Consider this text carefully: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Tim. 3:16, 17 (emphasis supplied)

 

The scriptures and good works go hand in hand. Faithful Wordkeeping will keep us from the errors of the works of the flesh and the works of the law (doing good things to earn God’s favor). Good works NEVER earn us any credit with God. Let’s make sure we understand that. Memorizing lots and lots of scriptures, and studying the Bible continually do not make us one speck more worthy of being saved. Our motive for Wordkeeping must never be to make ourselves more worthy to God. We don’t deserve His love, and we never will.

 

But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t WANT us to do good works. Good works provide the evidence that we have trusted in Him for salvation, and invited His Holy Spirit to take control. When we turn from our rebellion, our legalism, and our works of the flesh, we will pursue good works out of deep love and appreciation for God’s mercy towards us.

 

Good works are any actions that will glorify God. Bad people cannot do good works, because their motives are not pure. God is glorified by the lives of holy people. He is glorified when we obey His Word. Wordkeeping guides us to a holier life. Wordkeeping takes the living Word, applying it to our hearts, so that we desire to obey God. Obedience is surrender to God’s will. God’s will is in His Word. So good works are the result of Wordkeeping.

 

“This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” Titus 3:8

 

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

 

Here are your ten texts for today.

 

Mat 5:12

R, abeg: fgiyrih: fspttpwwby.

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Mat 5:48

Bytp, eayFwiihip.

Matthew 5: 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Mat 6:9

Atmtpy: OFwaih, Hbtn.

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Mat 6:10

Tkc, Twbdie, aiiih.

Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Mat 6:11

Gutdodb.

Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Mat 6:12

Afuod, awfod.

Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Mat 6:13

Alunit, bdufe: Ftitk, atp, atg, fe. A.

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen

Mat 6:33

BsyftkoG, ahr; aattsbauy.

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Mat 7:7

A, aisbgy; s, aysf; k, aisbouy:

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Mat 11:28

Cum, aytlaahl, aIwgyr.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 

In His Love,

Linda Kirk

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