We have seen that a true believer is one who listens to, obeys and loves God. This love or obedience is the evidence of our salvation, made possible in the life of a believer by God’s power and grace. We have also seen that only true believers have eternal life.
Now, this may sound strange and wrong because our minds have been wrongly conditioned to resisting anything labelled “works” but WE WILL BE JUDGED BY OUR WORKS! Luke 12:45-46, John 5:29, Rom 2: 6-16, 1Cor 6:9-11, 2Cor 5:10, Gal 5: 6, 19-21, Eph 5:5-6, Heb 12:14, James 2:14-26, Rev 20:12-15 and many other verses of scripture all show that believers will be judged according to our works to receive rewards (1Cor 3:12-15). Our good works are acceptable to Him because they are done by His power! For unbelievers/ professing believers who have nothing to show for the faith they profess, they will be judged based on the absence of good works. They will have no evidence of salvation (Matt 25:31-46). One may ask, what about unbelievers who did plenty of works while alive? The answer is that their works will not be recognised because they were done completely outside of Christ and His marvellous grace.
James asks, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good works?” (James 2:18). Of a truth, good works are the proof of our faith. We are shown to be right with God by what we do and not by faith alone (James 2:24). That is why we will be judged by our works; works which grace makes possible.
This may be a lot to swallow considering all that has been taught to us in recent years but it is the simple truth backed by God’s word.
I will post the concluding part of the series later, starting with the sub- topic “The dangers of half truth”