First, we need to be sure our foundation is sure and solid on the Rock of Yeshua Jesus. (Matthew 5-7). There is no way anyone could save themselves by anything they could do…. by any or enough right works. This is where man-made religion and its religious rules/laws get way off track. During the Roman Empire age, this is where the Holy Roman Catholic Church fell in a huge ditch by doctrine of salvation by works.
If it would be possible to earn salvation by works, then Yeshua Jesus would not have had to sacrifice His blood on the cross for the remission of our sins and our salvation through Him. We are all born into sin and death. Yeshua Jesus and His sinless blood as the sacrifice for our sins is the only way back into relationship with our Holy Creator Father. It is by His grace and love; and through our faith in Yeshua Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-10) that we are saved and restored.
That being settled….. now that we are saved out of this wicked world and translated into His glorious kingdom, then how do we live in our new found faith? Are we really continuing faithfully in trusting Him? Are we changed? Or do we actually think now that we have prayed and believe Jesus exists and is the Savior, that we can go back to worldly ways? No. We began in faith and relationship and we need to continue in faith and relationship….to abide in Him…stay a connected branch on the Vine…live by faith. We change from the world’s ways to God’s ways.
Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
What we really believe and trust will show in what we do. If I really trust Him, have faith in Him, love Him, and follow Him, then I am going to desire to learn His words, instructions, standards, ways, and follow Him! Thus, my works do not save me, but my good works are a result of being saved and following Him. Yeshua Jesus said that you can know a tree by its fruit. Matthew 7: 17-19 and Matthew 12:33.
We should ask ourselves….Have I taken time to learn His Word of instructions (this could be called His laws or commands) and how to walk in His ways? What is the fruit of my life? Could it be that there are “Christian” hypocrites who say with their mouth that they are saved and believe in Jesus, but in their thoughts and heart they are unrepentant and continue to follow the ways of the world?
Philippians 2: 9-13, “God also has highly exalted Him (Yeshua Jesus) and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my beloved, as you have always OBEYED, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, WORK OUT your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who WORKS in you both to WILL and to DO for HIS good pleasure.”
Our HOPE for salvation is ONLY in Yeshua Jesus, not by our works, but by His grace through our putting faith in/trusting in Him.
Our HOPE for righteousness is also ONLY in Yeshua Jesus, as a result of our continued putting faith in/trust in following Him resulting in HIS good works.
Everyone has resulting works in their life! Works cannot save us, but they should reflect who we are and who we follow/serve. It is salvation and then corresponding right works follow.
Some of today’s popular “Christian” doctrine says it is only salvation and no works and no rules/laws. Do you see how this simple truth concerning salvation and works is corrupted? In one ditch, salvation by works as the early Catholic church taught. Or the opposite ditch of salvation by grace without works as in today’s liberal church teachings.
We must search for the real truth…as my sister in Christ said….”details come in the waiting on Him”. We must sit at His feet and hear His Word to learn the details of truth! Our Adversary is so deceptive and will twist the Word of God with one little detail to get people in his ditches. He works in confusion, chaos, and division. As the family of Yeshua Jesus, let’s stay in unity with one another pursuing truth and righteousness even into waiting on His Holy Spirit to see and know the details!