Your justification is by faith as evidenced by your deeds. Your deeds will be weighed and heavenly rewards will be given accordingly.
Salvation is the 1st reward. Beyond salvation 1Cor 3:8, 2Cor 5:10, Rev 2:23, & Rev 22:12 clearly show that our deeds will result in additional rewards/treasures.
Obviously God would not create a reward system if He didn't want us to work for them. Therefore if we're gonna work for them we need to learn the rules.
---AG on 10/24/07|
After you receive the Holy Spirit, there is something deep down inside you to be not only hearers of the Word, but doers also. The Spirit guides you to do things. Go out into the world to spread the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and let everything you do be for the glory of God. Go out int the world to feed the hungary, quench their thirst, clothe them, pray for them. Allow God's light to shine through you with the things you do. You cannot grow your vine sitting at home listening to sermons.
---Steveng on 10/23/07|
Some may have to work, that they may receive there reward.
Im justified by faith. ...This is my work: I believe on HIM who HE has sent.
---duane on 10/23/07|
Combine those scriptures with these:
1Cor 3:8 ...each will receive wages according to the labor of each.
2Cor 5:10 For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.
Rev 2:23 I am the one who searches minds and hearts, and I will give to each of you as your works deserve.
Rev 22:12 ...I am coming soon, my reward is with me, to repay according to everyones work.
---AG on 10/23/07|
If Abraham were justified by works, He has a right to boast, BUT not before God.
What says scripture? To him that worketh, is it not grace, but of debt? BUT to him that worketh not, but believes on HIM that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Grace)
Blessed is the man unto whom God has imputed righteousness without works.
Blessed is the man to whom the lord will not imput sin.
(The Good News)
---duane on 10/22/07|
Who is Ellen White???
---AG on 10/22/07|
An evil man does good works because he thinks he is getting browny points with God, this mentality is legalistic and is not what James or Paul was talking about, They were referring to obedience by hearing the Holy Spirit through relationship. Killing your child is not good works but obeying God because you heard him tell you to kill your child is. Faith comes by hearing and hearing
by the rhema word or spoken word of the Holy Spirit speaking in your heart. His Spirit bears witness with our spirit.
---exzucuh on 10/22/07|
I totally agree with Linda's answers.
---Mima on 10/22/07|
James in the same chapter gives three examples of works that justify, I would say >
>helping a needy "brother or sister" (vv. 14-18)
>Abraham offering his son Isaac (vv. 19-24)
>"Rahab the harlot" helping God's servants (v. 25-26)
I see something in common in these works...they are works of love in personal relating with a needy person, with God, with His servants. The love in doing these works makes us just...more and more right like God's love.
---Bill_bila5659 on 10/20/07|
In Romans Paul was making a point that
just listening to how we should live is
doing nothing at all, that we should have a witness in our lives to our faith. James was making the same point. But went on to say our witness is not living by a law but a law living in us the law of the Spirit of life that is in Christ Jesus, the law of liberty, A relationship with the Father and the Son through the Spirit that empowers you to live for God and a witness by that Spirit that you are the child of God.
---exzucuh on 10/20/07|
You can't make it be more then the Bible said. Ellen White led you astray
Jhn 6:29 Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
---Andrea on 10/19/07|
What the word is trying to convey to us is that:how can you walk without moving your legs.To speak, and then to backup your
speech is one thing. And to say one thing,
but do another is hypocrisy.
---Jack on 10/19/07|
The centurion, the woman with the issue of blood, Jairus, the four men who brought the paralytic to Jesus to be healed, the ten lepers, Mary who anointed Jesus for His burial, the Roman church......the list goes on and on and on.
---Linda on 10/19/07|
If I am looking for works of faith, I don't look at the law. It shuts up faith. I look at those mentioned in faith's hall of fame in Hebrews 11. God said they had faith and the works that went along with it. He cannot be wrong.
---Linda on 10/19/07|
Excellent answer Linda.
Can you also give additional examples from the NT (other than the obvious life of Messiah of course)?
---AG on 10/19/07|
Going back and studying Abraham, the father of faith, will answer your question. So will studying Rahab, Samson, David, etc. They all had the works of faith manifesting in their lives.
---Linda on 10/19/07|