The tension between faith and good works

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Romans 1:16-17

v.16: Everyone who believes. Let’s not judge other people’s status before God. He knows our hearts and his only requirement is that we believe. Jesus has met all other requirements necessary for us to boldly stand before the King and call him daddy. We’re all going through a process of becoming more like Jesus and I bet there are questionable things about my life that surprise some people!

Thankfully everyone who simply believes is simply in!

v.17: In a world that judges people by exterior measures and personal performance, God judges us and declares us as righteous, based on what? Not our ability to keep the law or pray 5 times a day or fast or attend church enough to make you miss your family. He declares us righteous based on faith. It is faith that allowed us access to the Kingdom and it it faith that will lead us deeper in to it. Why would a Kingdom that operates a just believe and you’re in policy then demand works and self-effort to progress once you are through the gates?

But here’s the tension. James chapter 2 tells us that faith without works is dead. Some action is required!

So my question today is, how do you perform good works and still live by faith?


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