ARE WORKS SUBSEQUENT TO SALVATION; OR DO THEY ACTUALLY PERFECT OR COMPLETE THE SAVING WORK THAT CHRIST DID ON CALVARY?
THAT IS THE QUESTION WE MUST ASK IN REGARD TO THE TWO VIEWS OF WORKS THAT DIFFERENTIATE BIBLICAL THEOLOGY AND THEOLOGY THAT IS VOID OF BIBLICAL THOUGHT OR CONSIDERATION
A SHORT TREATMENT OF BIBLICAL THEOLOGY REGARDING WORKS FOLLOWS:
- Works do not save: (Titus 3:5) “Not by works of righteous which we have done, but according to his mercy, he saved us. By the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
- Works are a part of the salvation package: (Ephesians 2:8-10) “For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained, that we should walk in them.”
There are many other Scriptures that affirm that works are the result of salvation; and not the cause of salvation. However, I don’t intend to present them here. It’s like the rich man in Hell who said, “Father Abraham, send Lazarus to warn my brothers. If one is sent from the dead to them, they’ll believe. Abraham said, ‘No, they have Moses and the prophets. If they don’t believe Moses; neither will they believe though one arise from the dead.'” Therefore, neither will anyone, if they won’t believe the Scriptures quoted above, believe if one should refer them to one hundred more!
The understanding of Bible believing Christians from the apostles to the present day, is that the work of Christ alone on Calvary, was and is sufficient to save us. Those who believe in a sacramental (ecclesiastical) salvation, or in a salvation that adds works that they deem necessary, to what Jesus Christ has accomplished on Calvary’s cross, “Once for all,” are greatly in error theologically. If they are saved, they are saved by looking past the errors, to Christ alone; and saved in spite of what they’ve been taught, not because of what they’ve been taught.
That may sound harsh in the marshmallow world of theology that we live in today; but it is nonetheless true. It’s not MY way or the highway; but it’s God’s way according as He has recorded in the Bible: or the highway to perdition. You either trust in Christ as He is revealed in the Bible, or you trust in something else in total error.
Back to the original subject we began with: Christian works are done because we are saved, not in order to be saved. Christ’s work on Calvary can’t possibly be made complete by the works of sinful human beings. They who teach such errors, though they be high in their own esteem, and high in position within a magnanimous conglomeration of churches, are guilty of heinous sin.
That the truth may prevail: From a sinner saved by grace,