On Good Works

Good works are defined by Scripture, not by us. They are the fruit of a faith that is alive. They play absolutely zero part in justification. Furthermore, the ability to do them comes from God, and not from us. It is the Holy Spirit that must work in us that we can do good works. We can never do more than God requires of us. Good works can never merit the forgiveness of sins. This is because our good works are always tainted with sin, even good works done as a Christian. Nevertheless, because of what Christ has done, our good works done as believers are accepted by God, and He will reward them.

So-called good works, done by unregenerate souls, cannot be actually good, since they are done with wrong motives, and for the wrong reason (anything other than the glory of God).

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