The necessity for good works

34) Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s word?

Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that by our godly behaviour others may be won to Christ.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

 

Created to do good works

The Gospel is not only about forgiveness; it is also about transformation (Titus 2:14). Jesus our Saviour is also Jesus our Lord – and He has work for us to do. “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” (Romans 6:18)

God’s handiwork

Our good works are not the cause of our salvation, but the evidence of our salvation. We don’t do them in order to impress God, but to demonstrate the effects of His salvation and sovereignty over our lives.

This is both an assurance for us that we belong to God (I John 2:3-6; 3:14), and also a witness to others of His power and love (Matthew 5:16; I Peter 2:12).

 

Almighty God,
by whose grace alone we are accepted
and called to your service:
strengthen us by your Holy Spirit
and make us worthy of our calling;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. 

                                     (Collect for 5th Sunday before Lent)

 

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