Works: Salvation, Rewards, Identity

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Christian Works: Is It For Salvation, Rewards, Or Is It Simply About Identity?

In my experience, I have found that it’s very difficult to talk about ‘works’ in some Christian circles. Some of the meanest, most verbally combative people will come at us in full force if we dare reject the concept that Christians are somehow being rewarded above and beyond others who did not ‘do’ as much as they did.

In today’s video, I want to tackle this controversial subject. Are we saved by works? Do Christians get a special reward for having as many human works as possible? Or, is it possible that God is not up in heaven with a scoreboard to track our works, and instead the works are merely the outward flow of our inward identity?

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Below are a few verses I will discuss in this video about works-based salvation, and also earning rewards through works.

I first want to begin by saying Christians ARE called for good works.

Works Are Our Identity

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

Works for Rewards…….

However, work flowing as part our Christian identity doesn’t mean we earn special rewards for doing these good works.

Nowhere in scripture do actually see that some Christians are getting more rewards that others based on their effort here on earth.

Sure, you might find a parable that indirectly seems to suggest this, but you won’t any firm, direct statement to support this theology.

In fact, I’d like to point out that ‘rewards‘ in the plural sense is not anywhere in the bible. It’s reward. Singular. The reward is Jesus. It’s the inheritance.

The Bible DOES tell us what this reward is.

Colossians 3:24 ‘Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward’

Works For Salvation…….

Further, is a huge stretch to suggest that we are saved by works, and that includes water baptism, continual confession, or by tithing.

There is nothing any human can ‘do’ for salvation. If there were, then Jesus died needlessly – Galatians 2:21.

Some of this junk may sound super ominous and religious but don’t be fooled by eloquent speeches. It’s simply not in the scripture. But these verses are:

Ephesians 2:8-9 ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast’.

Romans 5:20 ‘Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin’.

Romans 5:1 ‘Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ’.

John 6:28-29 ‘Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”  Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Romans 4:4-5 ‘Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation.  However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness’.

Romans 3:27-28 ‘Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith.  For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law’.

Acts 17:25 ‘And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else’.

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Author: Mike Cynar

Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.

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