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What Are Biblical Works

Which of the following are works?

1. Trust in the finished work of the Lord.

2. Believe in sacraments for salvation.

3. Self-realization of unworthiness?

4. Keeping any or all of 10 Commandments.

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Ruben, I agree with John. I know that he's right. I went to Catholic school, took the catechism and studied the sacrements, went to church, got confirmed and for what? I too was a good Catholic but not a saved one. The Catholic Church is a big lie and they have so many fooled because they really do take the glory from God. One point is the subject of Purgatory. Christ did not die in vain and the ones who made up these man made laws will have to answer to Him in the end.
---david on 2/1/09


David, so many that leave the Catholic Church claims they know what the CC teaches, where in the catechism that it say we pay or earn our way to heaven.
---Ruben on 2/2/09


Ruben, I agree with John. I know that he's right. I went to Catholic school, took the catechism and studied the sacrements, went to church, got confirmed and for what? I too was a good Catholic but not a saved one. The Catholic Church is a big lie and they have so many fooled because they really do take the glory from God. One point is the subject of Purgatory. There is no such place and there never will be. If there was, then Jesus died for Nothing. That would mean that we pay or earn our way to God. Catholic's are too afraid of offending the church when they should be concerned about what God's plan really is for mankind. Christ did not die in vain and the ones who made up these man made laws will have to answer to Him in the end.
---david on 2/1/09


Please don't get me started on the Catholic Church. It's a "one stop idol shop".
---Ralph on 2/1/09


--Duane:*Works of God can only come from real faith**

Duane, John 6:44~All Glory Always Goes to God because our Good Works in Christ only comes from God's Drawing of us to do His 'Justifying Good Works of Faith' which makes our faith 'Perfect' & 'Perfect Faith' is 'Live Faith' unto Salvation. James 2:22,24

God's Justifying Spoken Word, that shall not return unto Him Void, is the Good Works that needs to be done first before Life can exist for anything.

In the beginning, God's Spoken Justified Word 'GAVE THE SUN HEAT' & His Justified Breath gave us Life!

'Live Faith' is produced in a heart because of its submissiveness, to the Drawing Guidance of God's Holy Spirit to do the Good Works of Faith heard by the Gospel.
---Shawn_M.T. on 1/28/09


Amen Bill, So true
---calhoon on 1/27/09




Shawn,
Dead faith cannot produce good works or living faith. Faith comes by hearing the Gospel. Its(faith) alive before any good works can be produced. Works of God can only come from real faith. To say good works produce living faith is like saying heat produced the Sun. The Sun has to be alive and well to be giving off heat. The Sun with its light and heat give us life. The same with faith, faith gives us life(salvation) and good works/fruits. This makes faith complete.
---duane on 1/27/09


Calhoun . . . you ask if faith is a work. It is
God's work. And we are talking about "faith working through love" (in Galatians 5:6). So, faith is alive with love working, but God started us in this. Faith is believing in Jesus, but when you believe something there is included what you are doing about what you believe. If you believe your house is on fire, you are acting on the fact that you believe this. Saving faith is believing in Jesus, and believing One like Jesus has us trusting Him, always seeking to submit to Him and trusting God to have us also living like Christ, since we believe His way of loving is the only right way to love.
So, faith is love's constant production.
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/26/09


---Doug:***By ultimate hypocrite, I mean someone who says they accept Christ but doesn't make a concerted effort to do his will.***

Amen~Doug~Amen

Good Day to You Bother & God Bless
---Shawn_M.T. on 1/26/09


I have been a born again Christian for about half of my life. Before that I was a good Catholic, but was kept from the truth.
---Ned on 1/24/09


And how do you know that?
---Ruben on 1/26/09


The RC likes to complicate things and trys to rob God of the Glory as far as our salvation is concerned. I know, I was one for a long time before I became Born again.
It's so simple, but very profound.
---John on 1/22/09


You really mean, it looks complicate and didn't bother to research, that's disappointment being a Catholic for a long time.
---Ruben on 1/26/09




---Duane:

Yes~I agree with you that the Gospel is 'The Gift of God' that gives mankind the 'Eyes & Ears' to first see & hear the Hopes of Faith in Christ!...and that the believing & hearing of faith comes before 'The Works of Faith'. BUT realize the difference between 'believing & hearing faith' vs. 'Live Faith'

We're justified as we obediently submit to God's drawing of us to fulfill these 'Works of Faith in Chirst', revealed by His Holy Spirit...and the by product produced by our submission to the Will of God in doing these 'Works of Faith', is 'Live Faith' that is instilled in our hearts. Without the Perfecting 'Works of Faith', the beliefs one hears is olny 'Dead Faith'.

Good Day to You Brother & God Bless
---Shawn_M.T. on 1/26/09


I'm a believer that Christ taught over and over again in the gospels that it is not enough to say we believe or even believe, but that we need to be doing. He condemned the hypocrites who did not do what they said. I think that all of us are sinners and that Christ does truly save us from our sins when we are ready to change for him, but Christ requires of us to try to be better people (in our thoughts and actions). I don't believe that Christ will allow himself to be mocked by our being the ultimate hypocrites. By ultimate hypocrite, I mean someone who says they accept Christ but doesn't make a concerted effort to do his will.
---doug on 1/26/09


Shawn,
For sure, we need an object to believe in(faith). We need to believe by hearing what the Gospel says. What it says is what you put your faith in. We have eyes and ears as a gift so we can have faith in something.
We need faith first, before any good works of God or man can proceed. Faith always comes before works. We need a reason or purpose to do work. Abraham had a reason to kill his son, it was his faith in God that made him do it. Your belief in something, either good or bad, will make you perform the duty. We proclaim the Gospel BECAUSE of our faith. Works complete your faith. A healed body is the completion of great faith in God to heal.(work)
---duane on 1/26/09


---Duane:**Jesus said, Thy faith has saved you***

Duane, You're correct! We are Saved by our Hopes of Faith in Christ. Although you should understand where faith comes from! Faith comes from Hearing & Hearing by the Word of God(Rom.10:17).

Our 'Works of Faith' reside in our diligent enduring to the Hearing of the Word of God and our obedience to submit & do all the Lord's Spirit guides us to do according to God's Will.

Our Works of Faith are what keeps our faith alive & justified as being in Christ. Our Faith is 'Dead' & 'Non-Existent' without Works of Faith(James 2:17)...and we're not Saved by Non-existent faith!

BTW~I was sharing with Kurt the difference between 'Justified' & 'Saved'

God Bless
---Shawn_M.T. on 1/26/09


I have been a born again Christian for about half of my life. Before that I was a good Catholic, but was kept from the truth.
John and Peter are right. Only the Holy Spirit revealed these things to them.
Whenever you look to sources other than the Word of God you will be swayed by every wind of doctrine.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor. Chapter 2 Verse 14 KJV
My advice to John and Peter. At this point, don't waste your time. Just pray for those who mean well, but are off the mark.
---Ned on 1/24/09


I am going to say number two would be and number three. I don't see how keeping the Ten Commandments could be considered works. And number one either. I am going to play it safe and say as long as you are under the Blood. I will stick with my answer.
---catherine on 1/23/09


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John, Peter: "Steven, Don't know what your talking about."

You don't understand because you don't understand. Christians today have gotten themselves into a rut by belonging to denominational "churches" having their own traditions, ways of living and interpretations of the bible. They use all sorts of concordances and other Christian reference books, novels, other authors interpretations of doctrine, et alia instead of using God's word as its own reference. End time Christians are vain to think that they are more enlightened than their predecessors. A great delusiion will encompass the world that even the elect, if it were possible, could be fooled. Study those words I gave you.
---Steveng on 1/23/09


Peter: "You just cannot look at God's Word analytically. "

For over thirty five years I've been preaching that you cannot understand the bible using worldly knowledge. That a person must read the bible through the eyes of a child. One of the worse things man has done to the bible is giving verse numbers because a person reading the bible will analyze each verse as they come to it instead of the concept. Do you write a letter to a friend using verse numbers? Not likely. Jesus didn't use verse numbers. The Bereans needed to search the scriptures without verse numbers.

Suggestion: try lisening to the entire bible, you'll get a completely different perspective.
---Steveng on 1/23/09


Faith is NOT the by product of any works. God will not work through you if you have no faith. Jesus could NOT heal those who didnt believe. Jesus said, Thy faith has saved you, (not works). Good works can only be from faith. Faith will move mountains if your faith is towards God to do the work. Your work wont impress God or man unless its in good faith.
---duane on 1/23/09


John, You are right on! I could not have said it any better, because what you wrote here is from the Word of God. Yes, God prepared these works for us to do (after salvation) in advance. It is simple but some people will even argue against the truth. Thank You John, and God bless you.
---Linda on 1/23/09


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steveng, I don't understand where your coming from. I have been a Christian for 38 years and I must say that you are confused about the true meaning of what the Kingdom of God means to a Christian. You just cannot look at God's Word analytically. I suggest that you get a King James version of the Bible and pray that the Holy Spirit reveals God's truth to you. You will not regret it. Don't mean to offend. Just trying to help.
---Peter on 1/23/09


Steven, Don't know what your talking about. I wasn't really reffering to you.
---John on 1/23/09


---Kurt:**Nowhere in the scripture are works given as a MEANS of justification***

Kurt, Here's the scripture you didn't know existed. James 2:21-24 states: Was not Abraham justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seeing how faith coupled with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?.....and it was imputed unto him for righteousness...see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

We're justified by 'Works of Faith' & the by product is the 'Faith' instilled in our hearts. You had it backward! But your right, True saving Faith is demonstrated by Works of Faith.

God Bless
---Shawn_M.T. on 1/22/09


John: "Somebody's missing the point here. The finished work of our Lord is pertaining to a believers salvation. Nothing else will save you. Jesus did the work as far as covering our sin, but we must believe that, and follow Him."

It's obvious that you didn't read my posts. As true Christians, we must continue to do the work after Jesus was resurrected. Our sins are also covered when each person we bring into the Kingdom of God and encourage that person to stay on the right path. Do an online bible search for "one another," "each other," and "encourag" to show that our work is not finished until the very last day.
---Steveng on 1/22/09


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Somebody's missing the point here. The finished work of our Lord is pertaining to a believers salvation. Nothing else will save you. Jesus did the work as far as covering our sin, but we must believe that, and follow Him.
The RC likes to complicate things and trys to rob God of the Glory as far as our salvation is concerned. I know, I was one for a long time before I became Born again.
Don't let any church orginization tell you that you have to fufill all these different acts to be saved. Once your saved, the works will follow, but they are not works for salvation, but works that were prepared by God for us to do to further the Kingdom. It's so simple, but very profound.
---John on 1/22/09


---Calhoon:**God gives us the faith/work to believe on Him to be saved?***

Amen~Calhoon~Amen! But stated more correctly, God draws us into the 'Works of Faith' which instills into our hearts the soul saving 'Faith in Christ'.

Calhoon, You're on your way to understanding clearly the Truth of God's Wisdom in this matter of Faith & the Works of Faith which sows the seed of Faith, in Christ, in the heart of mankind.

Although remember, Faith isn't a Work but the seed which is instilled into our hearts, through the Works of Faith.

I pray & hope that your spiritual walk continue to diligently endure in the Truth of the Lord.

God Bless
---Shawn_M.T. on 1/22/09


--Calhoon:

A heart that's obedient to the groans of the Lord's Spirit which guides us, is justified before God as being alive in Christ.(Rom.8:23-28) This obedient spiritual walk according to these unutterable groanings, is what is counted as 'Works of Faith' & are the means by which the Spirit of God draws us into Faith in Christ.

But don't confuse 'Justified' & 'Saved'! For if it weren't for God's GRACE drawing us into justified hopes of Faith in Christ, we couldn't be Saved.

Understand that 'Dead Faith' means 'No Faith' or 'Unjustified Faith'. Dead Faith is the same as saying a person hasn't come to Faith as of yet because their heart isn't walking according to the unutterable groans of the Spirit of the Lord.
---Shawn_M.T. on 1/22/09


Which of the list are works?

1. Trust in the finished work of the Lord.

The Lord's work is not finished until the second resurrection and the rest of the dead have risen and are judged from the Book of Life by their works.

2. Believe in sacraments for salvation.

Even Satan believes in the Sacraments, but doesn't do it.

3. Self-realization of unworthiness?

Christians are to be sure of their faith.

4. Keeping any or all of 10 Commandments.

It's not only keeping the commandments, but showing that you are approved by God. (read the story of the rich man who claims he has kept all the commandments).
---Steveng on 1/21/09


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Everything Christians do must do to glorify God. If you are a dishwasher in a restaurant, you wash dishes to please God, not your boss. But your boss will surely be blessed with a good worker. But, don't expect to be saved being a couch potato.

Your faith is dead if you don't work it. Do an online bible search for "one another," "each other," and "encourag" to find that living a Christian life is a 24/7 working lifestyle. Most Christians know that we should love God and each other, but, unfortunately, they don't know HOW.

Besides, each person you bring into the Kingdom of God and encourage that person to stay on the right path, this in itself will cover a multitude of sins.
---Steveng on 1/21/09


I absolutely agree with mima, I and David. I too was a Catholic for a long time until God revieled to me the truth about salvation.

Faith is not works. Just trust in the finished work of the Lord. You will not understand this because you cannot understand this until your born again, and when you are, you will know it.

So you can argue, debate and plead all you want, but until God chooses to reveal his truth to you, you will never understand.
...........................been there.
---joey on 1/21/09


Titus 1:16: "They profess that they know God, but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate."

calhoon,
Romans 2:7: :To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile, But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God."
Get a job, you have already been too long in God's welfare program...
---Nana on 1/21/09


Bill,
So your saying faith is a work? and God gives us the faith/work to believe on Him to be saved?
---calhoon on 1/21/09


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Calhoun . . . for starters > "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." (in John 6:29) God in us produces our work of believing to salvation. While God in us works us to do the works we need to do, at the same time He is changing us more and more to be holy how His love is. And so, this working of God in us during His love's works is necessary for salvation. So, we are NOT talking about copy-cat religious works, here. "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful." (Colossians 3:15) What He has us do with Him in His peace is the works we need to do.
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/21/09


Nowhere in the scripture are works given as a MEANS of justification. As it states in Jas. 3:18, true saving faith is demonstrated by works. Works are a by product of justification not the substance of it.
---Kurt on 1/21/09


Shawn,
If then, faith is dead without works, what are the works that save us? We cant be saved by faith alone, for it is dead without works. So what are the works we must do?
---calhoon on 1/21/09


--Calhoon:**Your saying that there is no faith separate of works.**

Calhoon, Faith separate from/without works is called 'DEAD FAITH'!(James 2:26)

Our faith is justified before God, as being alive in Christ, by our works of faith(James 2:18)

If we believe that there is one God, we do well. The devils also believe, and tremble.(James 2:19) But because he has no works of faith, he will not be saved. If faith is dead, it doesn't exist:...and we're not saved by faith that doesn't exist.

I pray that you're able to discern & receive this shared Word of God!

God Bless
---Shawn_M.T. on 1/20/09


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James chapter two gives three examples of works which justify > helping a needy person, Abraham offering up his son, and assisting God's messengers > each of these examples involves *personal loving*. So, they are works of "faith working through love" > see Galatians 5:6. Faith has us together with God > "But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him." (1 Corinthians 6:17) And in this union of faith, we are effected by God's love. Grace is the effect of God's love making us become more like Jesus while this love has us doing loving works. Justified means made right > God's love (note Romans 5:5) makes us just like God is so right in real love > so we are "as He is . . . in this world." (1 John 4:17)
---Bill_bila5659 on 1/20/09


So shawn,
Your saying that there is no faith separate of works. We need belief and works for there to be saving or true faith? We cant be justified until we have works to compliment our belief or faith? Is this what your saying?
---calhoon on 1/20/09


I read and perceived and looked up a Scripture, "How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!", and I casted my vote. Thanks!
---Nana on 1/20/09


--Calhoon:*We are always saved through faith ALONE**

Amen~Calhoon, No one is contesting that we're not saved by faith alone! But the prelude to our salvation, of being saved, is the 'Justification' of our faith as being alive in Christ.

Faith that isn't justified, is faith that is dead, which means it's only just the concept of faith and not TRUE FAITH which is alive in Christ....and we're not saved by an unjustified concept of faith!

Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seeing how faith produced his works, and by these works was his faith made perfect? We see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. (James 2:21-22,24)

God Bless
---Shawn_M.T. on 1/20/09


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We are always saved through faith ALONE. Our works of faith just show our true faith.Faith and works dont produce good works. (thats double talk)True Faith alone will produce good works. Good works dont produce faith. Thy faith has saved thee. NOT, thy faith and works have saved thee. Anything not of faith is sin. NOT, anything not of faith and works is sin.
Lets get it right. Its works OF, OF, OF faith alone.
---calhoon on 1/19/09


Shawn~ I like this last post of yours. Nicely done.
---Anne on 1/19/09


---I:

You're absolutely correct, We are saved by the Grace of God through Faith in Christ!

Although Brother, You should reread James 2:14-26 until you understand what are 'Perfecting Works of Faith' & realize that just like Abraham, it's by these Works of Faith that a man is justified, and not by faith alone.

FAITH ISN'T WORKS but Faith has it's 'Works' which keeps Faith alive because Faith without its Works, is dead faith and we're not saved by faith WHICH IS DEAD!

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also(James 2:26).

I pray that you are edified by coming to understand the Works of Faith needed to keep your Faith alive in Christ!!!!

God Bless
---Shawn_M.T. on 1/19/09


According to the Word of God (Pure Word- not the adulterated religious version), which is the ONLY reliable source, the answer can only be...
1. Trust in the finished work of the Lord.


This means that Jesus and only He cleansed us of our sin when He shed His precious blood, died and was risen from the dead by the power of God the Father.

Although works will follow if we believe this, nothing else is needed to save us. This is where our faith comes in and accepts that fact. This pleases God. Any other way offends God, because you readers out there who are not saved must know the truth. If this offends you, you need to believe. God bless
---David on 1/18/09


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If you think that faith is works - guess what? This may come as a shock, but your not really saved. I say this because you need to read what the Bible says about what being saved is.

We are saved by grace through faith, not works lest any one should boast.

When I was a Catholic ( over 30 years)I belived all the garbage the Catholic Church invented. Their Bible has got lies mixed with truth. So the Catechism that I was taught in parocial school is useless to anyone.

Faith is not works. It's much better than that. The sooner you realize this, the closer you will be to the Kingdom of God.
---l on 1/18/09


Number 1....This is the works we must do.
---duane on 1/18/09


Mima:-You ask "What are biblical works"Why dont you tell us first what you think or is your opinion.What is biblical is a word His word."Whosoever does this to the least of one of THESE my Brethren does it to me"Mother Teresa gave us an illustration -starting from the clums of Calcutta and spreading throughout the world.Same as Jesus did when on this Earth.
---Mic on 1/18/09


I stand in agreement with---Shawn_M.T. on 1/17/09
---joseph on 1/18/09


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** What a great question. I am sure that number two is a work. I do not know about the others.**

No, it isn't, because God works through the sacraments.
---katavasia on 1/18/09


Mima

There are two types of 'Works'. The 'works of the law'. The law being given to us, to bring us to faith in Christ and then there's our 'Works of faith' which keeps our faith alive in Christ.

Only by our works of faith in Christ will we 'Trust in the finished works of the Lord' ~ 'Believe in sacraments for salvation' ~ realize 'Self-realization of unworthiness' & only through the faith of Loving God and neighbor will we 'Keeping all 10 Commandments'

God Bless Brotherr
---Shawn_M.T. on 1/17/09


What a great question. I am sure that number two is a work. I do not know about the others.
---Toby on 1/16/09


The only "works" we are to do are the "works of God" (just as you said in #1,...TRUSTING that The Lord's work is COMPLETELY sufficient for us to receive salvation).

"Sacraments" is only a man-made classification of certain events, but we need not be concerned about any technicalities.

After we learn to feel completely comfortable that all of the requirements for salvation ("works of God") were done and finished by Jesus, then we can relax/REST in The Lord and concentrate on developing a deeper relationship with God. As we do that, God will teach us respect for our fellow human being (the brethren IN Christ are only kinfolk [in Christ] and should not get special treatment).
---more_excellent_way on 1/16/09


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None of these. Works which the Bible talks about are things we do for the Kingdom of God, and things we do for others.
---a_friend on 1/16/09


Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His rightousness and all things will be added unto you. (Apparently today they only add things to who they want to receive them and favortism plays a big role in it, because I have searched for the kingdom of God and His rightousness and did good works but evidentlty someone else is receiving the reward).
---Tonne on 1/16/09


An interesting question with even more interesting options. I have the impression that the Bible clearly separates Works and Faith. The options offered appear to relate to faith more than works. If I must chose one to answer the question it would be #1 Trust in the finished work of the Lord: because in the Vine and Branches parable Jesus made it clear that without Him we could do nothing. So whatever one considers works to be, Faith in Christ is essential. To my mind the biblical use of the word Works speaks of actions or conduct- either good or bad. At this point I must consider #4 as my second choice as Christ came to fulfill the law not destroy it.
---David on 1/16/09


Feed the hungry,lift the fallen,cloth the naked.
---kevin on 1/16/09


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Oh Yeah,Baptize all Nations in the Name of the Father,and the Son,and the Holy Spirit!!!
---kevin on 1/16/09


None are works, although I suspect that at least one here will say that all are.

I suppose that reliance on number 4 may be a "work"
---alan8566_of_UK on 1/16/09


Once more mima asks leading question.

Why do you do this?

And is not the act of faith itself a good work? YOU are the one who actually has to do the beieving.
---katavasia on 1/16/09


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