Righteousness by Faith
We will never get to heaven on 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)
But at the same time faith without works is dead also.
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.
- James 2:26 (KJV)
So they work together. They are entangled.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
- James 2:18 (KJV)
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
- James 2:24 (KJV)
We will never be righteous by our works alone. We just can't do it (without help).
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.
- Romans 3:10 (KJV)
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.
- Isaiah 64:6 (KJV)
At the end of the day, it is God who is doing the work in us (making us righteous).
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
- Philippians 1:6 (KJV)
That's how it was for Abraham, and that's how it is for us also.
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
- James 2:23 (KJV)
Ellen White wrote an article about "Righteousness by Faith" as well. You can find it here.
For a beautiful video series on "Righteousness by Faith" by Morris Venden, please click here.