FLORENCE EWANOSE ORIBHABOR
VALIDITY OF THE STATEMENT
“Good works that stem out of a relationship with Christ Jesus are witnesses for Jesus”
bearing in mind that we are not saved by works.
It is absolutely true that we are not saved by works but saved by Grace through faith.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast.
However, good works are works that are good done for God’s glory they are good because they honour God and love people.
They are works done for God’s glory by God’s strength. Good works or good characters are good witnesses for Jesus. Good witnesses are proof that we are Christian. Not just any good works but rather good works or good character that stems out of a relationship with Jesus Christ, this good witnesses for Jesus. These are important because they are good works. There are other behaviours and good moral characters that may not stem out of a relationship with Christ. Good works or good character that stems out of a relationship with Christ is the character of God , the express image of God the Father Hebrews 1:3
who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
The good works or good character that stems out of a relationship with Jesus was
imparted in us at new birth into the recreated human Spirit. Christian character is the character of God , the Benchmark,the foundation or the reference point, is the character of God which we received from the root or the Vine through the Lord Jesus Christ. The impartation of character comes first as seed that must be developed or trained.
Our good works are witnesses for Christ in the world, which is why the Bible refers to christain as the salt of the world. Matthew 5:13
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men
Jesus did not make Himself son of God by developing good works; he did good works because he is the son of God
But without faith it is impossible to please Him
The seed imparted need to be developed constantly, to make it a pattern of life wherever and and whenever; the life of a christain ought to be marked with consistent, and diligently developing the good work which are the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
As believer the character of God is also the light of God that shine through us to influence darkness in the world by that light in us
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Christ Fulfills the Law
both men believers and unbelievers may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven” which he prepare before hand.
Good works point to God alone as glorious. When we do that, we show that God is worthy to beloved, and make him look great.