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Most think that grace will cover sins. Reminds me of the guy smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer that tells his neighbor that he "knows he's going to heaven when he dies" because he goes to church on Sunday and sings in the choir! 

Grace is the effectual "working" of the Holy Ghost in the believer that manifests in works that accompanies salvation. Grace is not stagnant being only an intellectual believing, but believing from the heart which is adhering to and obeying the Word of God. Paul labored more than they all, yet not him, but the grace that was with him. Notice in the following verse how "grace labors" or compels the believer to good works. 

"But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I LABOURED more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the GRACE of God which was with me." (1 Corinthians 15:10). If grace is not acted upon, it is in vain or comes to naught. 

It is the ministry's fault that has not preached the true Word concerning grace in its working in the body. It is God that will correct His ministry to bring forth good works as fruit unto perfection in the last days, removing the pastors who have not fed the flock in truth and setting others in their stead who will preach the truth. As it is at this present time, most do not realize that they are saved by faith THROUGH GRACE and that not of themselves, it is the gift of God; God working in and through the believer to bring forth good works. Faith comes from good, not good from faith.

"'Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, WORK out your own salvation with fear and trembling." (Philippians 2:12). Did you catch the "Work out your own salvation"? It is grace that effectually works in the believer to do the will of God in each individual according to their calling as a particular member of the body of Christ. 

Most of the external church in the earth do not understand that they will stand before Jesus who will judge them; hearing either well DONE thou GOOD and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord; or the frightful words "depart from me you WORKERS of iniquity, for you did not DO the will of your Father. Paul writing to the church or believers in Rome stated that whosoever you yield yourself to in works is who you are in service to and servants of. This is revealed in works known as fruits of the Spirit which can be acted upon or not acted upon by the believers' own will. "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" (Romans 6:16). It is the fruit not faith that determines whether the tree is good or not; for faith has to be acted upon in order to have fruit. Jesus will not say well done unless we have done well; this is the works that Jesus must find perfect demonstrated in each of the churches of Asia stated in The Revelation; "I know thy works". 

Jesus did not say "He that keepeth my WORDS unto the end shall have power over the nations as king/prests of God”; but “he that keepeth my WORKS unto the end”!

"And he that overcometh, and keepeth my WORKS unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations." (Revelation 2:26). 

Holiness is not just a dress code, but is being partakers of the divine nature of God without which no man shall see the Lord Jesus. We are to perfect holiness in the fear of God. If we are to do nothing but have faith and sit back in our easy chair, holiness will not be perfected in any of us as faith is perfected by works. "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." (2 Corinthians 7:1). 

It is only by your good works seen by men that glorify the Father, not your "good faith". "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good WORKS, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16). 

The church body is created for good works.


"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10).


Walking in the light as Jesus is in the light requires obedience to the Word manifested not in idle faith, loving only in word and tongue, but faith that is alive and not dead being accompanied by works, manifesting the true love of God in DEED and in truth. Therefore we are to GROW in grace which comes from the believer's working according to the grace given to us by God; grace being acted allowing more grace to abound in the believer.

“But GROW in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." (2 Peter 3:18). 

If we do not act upon God's grace, we will fail from grace. There is no "once saved always saved". To be satisfied with worldly things is okay being content with such material things as God has given us. However, to be satisfied with our current faith and glory, claiming to have it all now is Laodicaean which is not pleasing to the Lord Jesus.

 

 

 

    

 

 

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