Not Of Works
Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Every once in a while even believers must be reminded that they did not earn their salvation. We are not saved by good works. We are saved to do good works. Salvation is a gift. If we could earn it, it would not be a gift. We also need to know who owned the gift before He gave it to us. The gift comes from. It is the gift of God. He has a different measure of the value of our works than we do. What we consider good works before our salvation are filthy rags in His sight. Filthy rags do not earn salvation.
Isaiah 64:6: But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Romans 3:10: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
The service we perform for God after He has saved us do not earn salvation either. They will earn rewards and they can prevent some of His chastening. But only God can save us from Hell. The Bible refers to bad things we do after salvation as wood, hay and stubble. The good things we do after salvation are referred to as gold, silver and precious stones.
1 Corinthians 3:9: For we are labourers together with God: ye are God*s husbandry, ye are God*s building. 10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man*s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man*s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man*s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man*s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Before salvation we were yielded to sin and after salvation we become servants of God and of righteousness.
Romans 6:16: Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. 20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
Since the Lord saved me, He helps me to do far different things than I could before. I trust it works that way for you too.
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