Daily Passage on Works: Day 6

I am conducting an experiment. I am going to post one verse or passage a day for as long as I can that addresses works for the Christian. I’m guessing I can keep it up for at least six months. I won’t stretch any passages out by dividing them into individual verses. If a whole passage is discussing works, I’ll use the whole passage that day.

These will be short, so they’re not in place of regular posts. If you entered on this blog’s home page, make sure you look at the second post, too, which is probably more important.

Day 6: Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. … For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angers, and then he will render to everyone according to his deeds.” (Matt. 16:24,27)

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2 Responses to Daily Passage on Works: Day 6

  1. Felix Alexander says:

    I’m interested in this “experiment” (excuse my scientific training), but could you put the quote above the blurb? It would make it easier for followers to find the new stuff, without making it any harder on non-followers because quotes are a common way of starting a post.

    Also, I think a lot of people (maybe only popularly? I don’t know) who think works are essentially irrelevant would say that the main point of the Lord’s ministry was to tell people how impossibly difficult it is to obtain salvation by works so they would realise that salvation is by faith. The notion is so foreign to me that it’s possible my summary is a strawman, but I wonder if it’s worth focusing on the letters rather than the gospel if this process is to be convincing as an argument.

    • paulfpavao says:

      It is not a straw man, Felix. It’s only been a month or two since the last time someone emailed me telling me that Jesus’ commands don’t have to be obeyed because they’re impossible. They were just given to make us see the need for salvation by faith.

      Thanks for the formatting advice. That’s a good idea. As far as quoting the letters vs. the Gospels, I will be quoting both plentifully, I think.

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