Works v. Faith (Justification?)
Far too many participating in these religious oriented groups continue to live a lie of the devil that will result in death in Hell by believing that they can somehow honor God and find life, relationship, with the Father through obedience to a Law or being a good person, seeking to live a moral, honest, life of integrity. This is the Devil’s deceit and his strategy aimed at taking your eyes off of Messiah Jesus and His sole sufficiency to save you from your sin by grace (unmerited favor you cannot earn) through faith (believing-trusting) in Jesus’ blood atonement at the Cross, alone. ONLY by receiving the imputed righteousness of Jesus by faith in Him as Messiah earned for you at the Cross will you find favor, blessing and relationship with God the Father (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 14:6).
What about our good works?
Faith alone in Jesus manifests in Covenant relationship with the Father and once that Covenant relationship has been sealed and guaranteed by the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13-14), the new life, the born again life (2 Corinthians 5:17), lived in the Spirit through sanctification (Galatians 5:16) validates one’s faith as true and legitimate…but…works, behavior, obedience to a Law, does NOT establish Covenant relationship…you cannot “work” yourself into God’s favor…ONLY by believing in what God did for you through Jesus Christ will you find life in eternity. It is your obedience to the Holy Spirit SUBSEQUENT to FIRST establishing Covenant relationship with the Father that is credited as good works and those good works will be judged for authenticity at the BEMA Judgment of believers works (2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:10; Psalm 62:12; Matthew 16:27; Ephesians 6:8; 1 Corinthians 3:10,12,13).
Your works, the Law, your obedience, cannot supplement or supplant the work of Jesus at Golgotha…you’re a sinner (Romans 3:23) condemned to death in Hell by the very Law you worship yet that Law is completely void atonement (Romans 3:20). I do hope that at least some of you will stop pleasing the devil through your absence of faith in Jesus as Messiah; humble yourself, simply believe, trust, in Jesus as your Lord and Messiah who died in your place to pay a sin-debt you could NEVER pay yourself.