what are works, according to Jesus?
What are works?
In the Gospel Jesus tells
us what we must do to find salvation: a better life on earth and everlasting
life in heaven, after we have risen from death. All things we do
in order to achieve this, save baptizing, are 'works'.
a) repenting: feeling regret
for your past and current sins, you repent: you set aside all practices
unacceptable to God.
b) baptizing: by your own
choice, in the name of Jesus Christ, allowing your self to be submerged
in water, to then be lifted out of the water.
Some other examples of works:
not stealing, no fornication, doing charity, loving our neighbours, not
being greedy, not be selvish, preaching the gospel, giving to the poor.
All these are WORKS.
But Jesus tells us that works alone cannot save, and neither can faith
alone. We must first have faith, then follow the doctrine of Christ,
doing all the good works.
None of these can or shall
save you: no matter what you do, save you repent and baptize
the first works ): for, doing this, you enter the agreement to do all these
good works, all your live: and only then you receive salvation.
Here Jesus confirms:
JOH 3: 5 Jesus answered,
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the
Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
ACT 4: 12 Neither is there
salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved.
Baptizing is also being referred
to as being 'Born Again'. Because we wash away our sins and cast
away the old person, so replacing the old with the new-born, 'Christian'
person. This new person is also HOLY, to God.
EPH 2: 8 For by grace are
ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
EPH 2: 9 Not of works,
any man should boast.
Grace, in the Gospel, as
you may know, is a Metaphor for 'Christ'. So through Christ you are
saved, doing what he demands you do 'repent and baptize', and you only
do this if you have faith, and so you are saved by grace, through faith.
Remember that WORKS cannot
save you, only: faith and works, as explained above: faith = baptism,
works = repentance, repentance = shed evil and embrace good.