Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:23-25
Lest we mistakenly relegate the position of good works only to dispensations other than the dispensation of the grace of God, it will behoove us to take note of some of the apostle's admonitions, as well as his personal example. "We are confident, 1 say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore WE LABOR, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him. FOR WE MUST ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad" (II Corinthians 5:8-10).
Note the terms, so clearly set forth. "If any man's work abide which he hath built [upon the foundation of Jesus Christ], he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned [baving been tried by fire], he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire" (1 Corinthians 3:14, 15). These words clearly delineate between loss of reward for lack of good works and loss of salvation, which is a free gift apart from good works.
Again offering his own personal example for our edification, the apostle looks back over his career of service for Christ as he approaches the end of his mortal years. "1 am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 1 have fought a good fight, 1 have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing" (II Timothy 4:6-8).
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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