also known as: works righteousness
Good works are an expression of gratitude in the believer's heart (John 14:15, 23; Galatians 5:6). They are the fruits of the Spirit (Titus 2:10-12), and thus spring from grace, which they illustrate and strengthen in the heart.
Good works of even the most sincere believers are all imperfect, yet, like the person themselves, they are accepted through the mediation of Jesus Christ (Col. 3:17), and so are rewarded. They have no merit intrinsically, but are rewarded wholly of grace.
The old objection against the doctrine of salvation by grace, that it does away with the necessity of good works, and lowers the sense of their importance (Romans 6), although it has been answered a thousand times, is still alleged by many. They argue that if men are not saved by works, then works are not necessary.
They reason that, if the most moral of men are saved in the same way as the very chief of sinners, then good works are of no avail for receiving eternal life (see: Gospel). And more than this, if the grace of God is most clearly displayed in the salvation of the vilest of men, then the worse men are the better.
These objections have no validity. The Gospel of salvation by grace shows that good works are necessary. It is true, unchangeably true, that without holiness no man shall see the Lord. “Neither adulterers, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards” shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Works are “good” only when…
They spring from the principle of love to God. The moral character of an act is determined by the moral principle that prompts it. Faith and love in the heart are the essential elements of all true obedience.
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Reward for good works and faithfulness awaits the true follower of Christ
Some reward or blessing may be given in this Earthly life, but the true reward—the far more valuable and lasting reward—will be in Heaven, and in the Millennial Kingdom of God on Earth, and in the New Heavens and New Earth. Doing good works with no assurance of reward in this life, but in the next, demonstrates the Believer’s true trust and faith in God.
Reward delivered beyond our current existence is guaranteed by our Savior who cannot lie.
Blessed are you when men hate you, and exclude you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. … —Luke 6:22-23 LSB excerpt (also Matthew 5:12)
…that you may receive a full reward. —2 John 1:8 LSB excerpt
Other Scriptures: Matthew 6:4; Matthew 6:6; Matthew 10:42; Romans 2:6; Hebrews 6:10; Hebrews 11:26
- Are you good enough to get to Heaven? Answer
- How good is good enough? Answer
- UNIVERSAL SALVATION?—Will all mankind eventually be saved? Answer
- What is GOODNESS?
- What is RIGHTEOUSNESS?
- What is HOLINESS?
- What is are good CHRISTIAN FRUITS?
- What is a TRUE BIBLICAL CHRISTIAN?
- For a follower of Christ, what is LOVE—a feeling, an emotion, or an action? Answer
- TRUE LOVE—What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer
- What is the WRATH of God? Answer
- THE FEAR OF THE LORD— What is it? Why is it very important? Answer
- What is the GOODNESS OF GOD?
- What is MERCY?
- What is FAITH
- What does it mean to be FAITHFUL?
- What is TRUTH?
- What is the intercession of Christ?