FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD
In Ephesians 2:8-10 it says: “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 hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” We do not work to receive our salvation. Salvation comes through grace, which comes from the Greek word “charis” which means divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life, or divine favor. It is a free gift. We cannot buy it, and we cannot earn it. It has already been purchased through the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ. Only sinless holy blood can purchase it. None of us have that. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
So, where do works fit in? In verse 10 it says we are created unto good works which God ordains that we walk in them. The word works is the Greek word “ergon” it means to act, do deeds, labour, and work. We do these things because we love God and what He has done for us, we want to do things that will please him.
You see, my friends, we are “one” with Christ. We are his “bride”. Anyone that has ever loved someone knows that you want to do things that please the one they love. We do works out of love, not because we are doing them to earn our salvation. Nothing can earn it. The book of James ch 4 tells us in v. 17 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead (in itself), being alone."
One aspect of works is love. Many have had a mental assent to accept Christ, but they never received Jesus into their spirit. They show no love for God or for His people. In 1 John 4:11 it says ”Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” This is part of the good works. Loving others is not always easy, but it is part of the walk of a Christian to love those that don’t love them. If we don’t have works, then our faith is dead.