Views from the Pews: Saved by grace, or good works?

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Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”

Some people look at James 2:24 “You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone” and suggest that by being “good” we can work our way to heaven.

God does not want a faith that is empty and hypocritical.

James 2 is talking about those who “say” that they have faith but have no works. Therefore, people cannot tell if they are true believers or not because there is no fruit.

That kind of a faith is useless and is not a saving faith. True faith results in true works.

Recently I sat with a practising Jehovah’s Witness as he tried to explain by being “good” he would inherit heaven.

My challenge was “what is good and how can you judge that against someone else’s “good”?

I said to him “surely there must be a bar or standard we have to meet” which he agreed. The only standard is perfection and we can never reach that standard, so there must be a price to pay or someone has paid that price for us.

That was all completed on the cross by Jesus, He and He alone paid the price for our sin by dying on a cross and taking the sin of the world on His shoulders, so we could be free.

Through faith we produce fruit from the Holy Spirit and not the other way around.

Charles Spurgeon said this: “If heaven were by merit, it would never be heaven to me, for if I were in it I should say, ‘I am sure I am here by mistake; I am sure this is not my place; I have no claim to it’.”

But if it be of grace and not of works, then we may walk into heaven with boldness.”

The boldness Spurgeon speaks about here is that assurance of eternal life through the grace of Jesus.

By believing that He came, died and rose again for our personal salvation.

If you don’t have this assurance, then why not give your life to Jesus or if you want to know more drop me a line.