Exodus 20:25 If you make me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for if you wield your tool on it you profane it.
In John 5:24, Jesus said we must hear His word and believe on the One who sent Him. Jesus also said, ““I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live…John 11:25.
Will good works save any person or in any way help a person to be saved? The scriptural answer is, “No.” I find that the only work I can do that pleases God is to have faith in Him and in Jesus Christ, His only Son.
When Jesus was asked what a man must do to work the works of God, He gave an answer that might surprise some people:
John 6:29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent.”
The Bible teaches that faith is the thing that pleases God. Hebrews 11:6.
If we live a life of faith in Jesus Christ we will have love for one another and we will be able to follow the lifestyle of Jesus through His power as the Holy Spirit works through us. Our work is to trust and follow Jesus Christ. If we want to please God, we must honor His Son. It is His Son with whom He is well-pleased.
Consider these biblical truths:
- When our flesh touches something that is holy and perfect, we pollute that thing. Jude 20-23. This alone is enough to prevent mankind from earning salvation, which is a gift from God. Christ’s shed blood and resurrection made salvation possible, and our faith allows us to receive the gift, but even our faith comes from God. Ephesians 2:8
- There is no means whereby a man can be made clean other than the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ. Read 1 John 1:7 Hebrews 9:12
- God sent His only beloved Son into this world to redeem us. There is salvation in no other and in no other Name. Christ is our only hope. When we put our hand out to do a work, God accepts that work because we are cleansed by the blood of His only Son. This is the way that Christ made for us. It is all of God and nothing of man. Exodus 20:25, John 3:17
- John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
- Rom. 3:22, “even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction.”
- Rom. 3:24, “being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”
- Rom. 3:26, “for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
- Rom. 3:28-30, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.”
- Rom. 4:3, “For what does the Scripture say? “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”
- Rom. 4:5, “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness,”
- Rom. 4:11, “And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also,”
- Rom. 4:16, “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.”
- Rom. 5:1, “therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
- Rom. 5:9, “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.”
- Rom. 9:30, “What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith.”
- Rom. 9:33, “just as it is written, “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
- Rom. 10:4, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”
- Rom. 10:9-10, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
- Rom. 11:6, “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.”
- Gal. 2:16, “nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.”
- Gal. 2:21, “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”
- Gal.3:5-6, “Does He then, who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 6Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”
- Gal. 3:8, “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations shall be blessed in you.”
- Gal. 3:14, “in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
- Gal. 3:22, “But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.”
- Gal. 3:24, “Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.”
- Eph. 1:13, “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.”
- Eph. 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
- Phil. 3:9, “and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.”
- 1 Tim. 1:16, “And yet for this reason I found mercy, in order that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience, as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.”