Faith without Works is Dead? (James 2:26) / Works without Faith are Dead? (Isaiah 64:6)
Saving Faith – Works – Fruits of Righteousness,
If you possess saving faith in Messiah, a faith that has initiated covenant with the Father, you will produce “fruit” via the indwelling Holy Spirit that are “works” the Father actually honors and this fruit validates the authenticity of your faith – BUT – you can never “work” sufficiently to “earn” the Father’s forgiveness; truth is, only by trusting-believing in Jesus who did the “work” of righteousness for you at Golgotha and receive His righteousness gifted-imputed into your life will you be declared “not guilty” by covenant promise (John 3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 8:12; Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16; Romans 7:6; Matthew 7:15-20).
Faith that does not produce fruit is dead faith…it is irrelevant, but no one “works” their way into the Kingdom (Galatians 2:16) as the Kingdom is open only to those who place their “faith,” trust, belief, in Jesus as Messiah who died for them as blood atonement for sin (John 14:6; Leviticus 17:11; John 3; 1 Peter 1:19).
Works – Self Righteousness masquerading as Saving Faith,
Religions e.g. Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, other Cults, Sects, pursue works i.e. Days – Diets – Traditions – the Mass – self-flagellation, tongues, water baptism, believing that their personal sacrifice engenders covenant relationship with their idea of a Deity when in truth, the Elohim of the Bible is not impressed with human works lest they’re performed through His Spirit, the Holy Spirit given to all who believe in His Son, Jesus Christ as Messiah (Ephesians 1:13-14).
Billions of well intention men and women will perish in Hell in self-righteousness as they deceptively believe they possess the ability to please their Deity or the Living God, Elohim, through self-righteous works of the flesh, laws, days and diets when in reality, Elohim interprets our works performed apart from His Spirit as filthy rags, a bloody menstrual cloth (Isaiah 64:6); therefore, these lost, deceived, dying in Hell, religionists strive and work and labor in futility and ultimately nihilism as their self-righteousness is absent saving faith (Hebrews 11:6).