NKJV - 16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
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We are justified by our faith in the finished work of Jesus on the cross, as explained in the quoted verse. The good works that Christians do to fulfill the will of God in our lives, “proves and demonstrates” that our faith is “genuine and authentic”. A person may claim to be a Christian but on examination, nothing in their life demonstrates that their faith is real. When our belief in Jesus is genuine (from the heart) we are be born again by the Holy Spirit as a brand new person. Our lives will begin to show the image of Jesus to the world, like a good tree bears good fruit. We can never justify ourselves before a holy God. We are saved by God’s grace as a gift which we receive by faith. But we are saved for a purpose and that’s what Jesus wants us to show to the world.
Thelma, I will give you an answer by what the Bible says and not an opinion. James 2:24 "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only." To be saved we are told to BELIEVE, REPENT, CONFESS- that Jesus is the Son of God, died and was risen from the dead, and be BAPTIZED for the remission of sins, is a command of Jesus and taught by the Apostles. They are acts of submission, God does the WORK- Colossians 2:11-12 " 11In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead."
Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that sent me, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 4:2 If Abraham were justified by works, he would have something to glory in, but not before God. Abraham was justified by faith alone apart from works before God. He was justified before men by good works. Romans 11:6 All grace, no works. Faith alone apart from works. We can not add works to Jesus finished work on the cross. We can only accept his free gift of eternal life apart from works. Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace ye are saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. Romans 3:26-28 Where is boasting then. It is excluded. By what law? By the law of works? Nay, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. If works could save us, then Jesus died in vain. If keeping the law could save us, then Jesus died in vain. Romans 4:6 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputeth righteousness apart from works. Blessed is the man whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. First John 2:2 And He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world. Matthew 7:21-23 Those that trust in their works are not saved. They never did the will of His Father in heaven. John 6:40 and John 6:29 We are saved by faith alone in Jesus finished work on the cross alone apart from any works for the free gift of eternal life. After we have received the free gift we will be rewarded for our works in heaven. First Corinthians 3:11-21. We have to be perfect to go to heaven, and no one is. But when we trust Jesus alone apart from works which can not save sinners He imputes His perfect righteousness to us, and will no more impute sin to our account. Romans 4:6-8 Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the POWER of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and Also to the Greek. The gospel. First Corinthians 15:1-4 That Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures, that He was buried and rose again on the third day, according to the scriptures. The second we believe that gospel that Jesus paid our sin debt in full, past, present, and future sins, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13-14. Our guarantee of eternal life apart from any works. Eternal life is a free gift from God by faith alone apart from works which can not save a sinner which we all are First John 1:8. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the TRUTH is not in us. The simplicity of the gospel. Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. First John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know ye have eternal life. You can not lose eternal life or it would not be eternal. John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, that WHOSOEVER, believeth in Him, should not perish, but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:18 Believers are no longer condemned to hell, but unbelievers are condemned already because they have not believed on the name of the Son of God. We all sin all the time. We just can not see our own sin. We will not be perfect until the rapture when we receive our new sinless bodies at the resurrection. First Corinthians 15:51-53. Our righteousness in the flesh is filthy rags before God. But He has given us His perfect righteousness. Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit in whom ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Hebrews 13:5 He will never leave us or forsake us. He will never cast us out Romans 11:6. Amazing grace, Jesus paid it all and we paid 0. it is free, or not at all. Romans 11:29
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