Apparently, this isn’t the daily passage on works. A couple days in the hospital, a spell of fatigue, and I’ve been out of the loop a solid week. Sorry. Let’s catch up. We need four passages to do that:
Galatians 5:19-21: Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolotary, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Colossians 1:28: We proclaim him, admonishing every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man perfect in Christ.
Ephesians 5:3-10: But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of theses things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were foremerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consistis in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Romans 8:12-13: For we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh, for you live according to the flesh you will die. If, however, by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, then you will live.
Purpose of This Exercise
“Works,” as a word, has become almost a cuss word in many Evangelical circles. Affirming constantly that we are to be careful to maintain good works, as Titus is told to do (3:8), is frowned upon. Doing so requires constant reminders that we are not saved by works.
This is not what we find in Scripture. The apostles don’t apologize for exhorting us to good works. They don’t apologize for warning us, and they certainly don’t stop to remind us that we are saved apart from works.
We are at 24 passages so far. I’m shooting for 180, six months worth.
Somehow, it seems to me, that 180 calls to good works, without apology and without reminders of our salvation by faith alone, should serve as sufficient example that we ought to follow it. Does that not seem reasonable to you?