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Saved UNTO Good works

Ephesians 2:9-Not of works, lest any man should boast. No one deserves salvation. It cannot be earned by what the Bible calls "dead works" (Heb 6:1 and 9:14). Dead works include all religious activities, good deeds, and/or charity that one may do as a means of being justified before God. Faith toward God and what He has done through Christ Jesus is the only means of receiving His free gift of salvation. To trust in any human work or effort as a means of salvation is to fall from grace and to sever one's self from the Savior (Gal 5:4). No one can be saved by the combination of grace and works, for they exclude each other (Rom 11:6). "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law" (Rom 3:28, see also Ga 2:16). All the glory goes to God. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 asys "Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;""Works of faith" do stand in contrast with the "works of the law" (Gal 2:16 and Phil 3:9). Works of the Law are not of faith (Gal 3:12) and are the product of self-righteousness. Works of faith are the byproduct of our reliance upon Christ (Rom 1:5). Ephesians 2:10-For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. There is a vast difference between being saved by good works and being saved unto good works, as stated here. Good works do not gain us salvation, but they do affirm that salvation has been received into our lives. Good works cannot produce a new nature, but a new nature should produce good works James mentions in (James 2:18, 20).

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