Grace and works

We are saved by grace, and we cannot do anything to earn salvation like how we work at a job and then expect to receive a paycheck.

Paul argued, “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work” (Romans 11:6).

Working to earn our salvation and God saving us by His grace, cancel each other out. It is either one or the other.

Have you submitted to the grace of God for salvation?

5 thoughts on “Grace and works

  1. Just because works alone do not save us, (which is very clear from scripture) that DOES NOT MEAN WORKS ARE NOT REQUIRED!!! We can go to most any “church” in America and hear about God’s grace alone and the denial of the necessity of action, but we must be different and stand for all the truth. Just like believing alone is not scripturally complete, so also is depending on grace with out any works. Because without works and obedience we have no part of that saving grace. James 2:24 & 26, Heb 5:9, Matt 28:20 & 1 John 2:3-6 Give God credit without denying our responsibility. Grace does save us, works do not, but both are necessary!

    1. Charlton, you are exactly correct that we cannot be saved without works. However, we must see the bigger picture. It is absolutely true that we cannot be saved by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). One verse later, though, in Ephesians 2:10, we see that as Christians we are called to good works. Works show that our faith is genuine as we go about glorifying Christ (Ephesians 3:20-21). Yet, we must understand the nature of works. They cannot ultimately save us because if we could do enough works to be saved then God would be in debt to us. We serve Him everyday and do all that we can to bring glory to Him through service, evangelism, teaching, etc. Yet, when we have done all that we can do, we are still in need of grace to enter heaven (Luke 17:7-10). Thanks for your comment.

    2. Charlton,

      I was commenting upon Romans 11.6 where Paul spoke of grace versus works. Yes, obviously, works are involved in our salvation, but I do not believe Paul made an error by leaving out the discussion about the works that do justify us. For what Paul needed to say in this context, his comments were sufficient, and I was merely commenting on what he said by the Holy Spirit.

      Paul did not teach salvation by grace alone, nor by works alone, nor was he compelled to mention every time the full discussion of how to be saved.


  2. Difficult subject when debated from extreme positions!

    God’s judgement is always mentioned in the context of works by obedient servants. This is the key! It is not the “earning of salvation”, but the obedience to the good works God has laid out before His servants. We might consider it a contract whereby the superior (God) says if you will do this (good works), then I will honor you far beyond the value of your efforts; i.e., salvation.

    1. Romans 11.6 says, “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.” What he said addresses the problem of why Israel has rejected Christ, and why the Gentiles have found Him instead. My comments addressed only what Paul said in Romans 11.6.

      We cannot address every possible problem every time we bring up a passage, but we should speaks as the Bible speaks, and let its beauty shine.


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