Today we will move on from the foundation. In the first five posts we saw that …
- … God’s sure foundation is Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 3:11),
- … only two things are inscribed on God’s sure foundation: “The Lord knows those who are his” and “Let those who name the name of Christ depart from unrighteousness” (2 Tim. 2:19).
- … the way to stand and build on God’s foundation is to hear and obey the words of Jesus and his apostles (Matt. 7:24-27).
- … we can build on the foundation of others by our teaching (1 Cor. 3:11-15).
In the fifth post are links to the first four if you want to review.
The next thing to cover is good works. Why good works?
One major reason is this verse:
[God] will recompense everyone according to his deeds. To those that pursue glory, honor, and immortality by patiently continuing to do good [he will reward] eternal life.
This is really in the Bible. You will find it in Romans 2:6-7.
It is true, and important, that the next chapter in Romans tells us that “none, no not one” actually patiently continues to do good (3:10-11). I need you, however, to at least acknowledge that if a person could patiently do good through their life, this verse promises that God will reward that person with eternal life.
Is that true, or is it not true?
Read the verse and think about it, and in the next post I am going to show you the incredible, shocking emphasis the Bible puts on good works.
I am using the word “shocking” honestly. I told a friend just today that there are two things I found in the Bible that shocked me, that put me in stunned surprise. One was finding out that in the book of Acts, in all the places that the apostles preached the Gospel, they never told any lost person that Jesus died for their sins. They told Christians in their letters that Jesus died for our sins, but they did not tell the lost that.
I was so surprised about this that I eventually wrote a book on what the apostles did cover in their sermons. The book is appropriately named The Apostles’ Gospel. (I am required to tell you that I get a commission if you use that link to buy the book.)
The other thing I discovered in the Bible that shocked me was finding out the emphasis put on “good works” even for those that are under grace.
- … we are supposed to be constantly urging each other to do good works.
- … we are supposed to be thinking about how to get each other to do good works.
- … at least one major purpose of the Scriptures is to equip us for good works.
- … at least one major purpose of grace is to teach us to do good works.
- … at least one major purpose of being born again is to re-create us to do good works.
- … at least one major purpose of the atonement is to make us zealous for good works.
- … sowing to the Spirit is equated with doing good works.
- … even Christians will be judged by their good works.
I challenge you to find the verses for those claims before the next post. In the next post, I will give you the verses and discuss them, though they really do not need any explanation.
Again, I want to remind you of my claim that at the end of this study, there will be almost no verse in the New Testament that does not make perfect sense on the surface in its plain meaning. I claim also that I am teaching you the things that were held universally by the churches formed by the apostles, and I will show you this from their writings at the end of the study.
See you in the next post!