Faith, Grace, and Works
No one can get saved by works alone.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
- Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
Once you're saved though, God asks you to do works of obedience (repentance).
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
- James 2:17 (KJV)
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
- James 2:24 (KJV)
Being a Christian doesn't stop once you've received grace. That's only the beginning.
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
- Ephesians 4:17-24 (KJV)
Character is the only thing you can take into heaven.
Become more Christlike today.