Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Faith or Works?

Our salvation is dependent on Christ's blood, for sure. But what is our role in the salvation process?

According to Paul, we are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8). According to James, faith without deeds is dead. (James 2:26) What's a Christian to do?''

What I'm about to offer is easy to type, difficult to live out. For indeed, from our infancy we are drilled that reward comes from work. Those who don't work deserve no reward. To get something undeserved makes us uncomfortable.

But here's the deal.

Works are not a condition of salvation. They are a consequence of salvation. Any true believer (emphasis on "true") cannot keep from being a servant. An inert Christian is not one. Much as Peter and John in Acts 3 said they couldn't help but speak about what they had seen and heard, if we're truly saved, our servanthood will be spontaneous and joyful.

1 comment:

Carole said...

I'm not sure I remember for sure where I read this. But someone suggested we are saved by faith, but rewarded for our deeds. So, could it be that there are different degrees of glory? Some will enjoy heaven more than others?
Oh, now that I think about it, I believe it was Randy Alcorn who mentioned this. Someday we'll know.