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Matthew 5:16 — Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We will do good works.  Jesus is commanding us to let our light shine so that there will be good works.  He very clearly implied that if there is light, if we have His light, then we will do good works.  But that would be works-based salvation, right?  No.  No!  Not at all.

This is such a big issue in American Christianity.  We see its results all over America, as people apparently wanting to be Christians live both miserably and in compromise.  Friends, this should NOT be the case.  The scripture most often quoted to support this error is:

Ephesians 2:8-9 — For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Certainly this scripture is absolutely correct!  I never want to contradict scripture, since that is contradicting the Holy Spirit.  The problem is that it is an incomplete thought.  The VERY NEXT verse is:

Ephesians 2:10 — For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

This twisting of scripture is a tactic which our enemy employs.  He even tried that with Jesus.  (see Matthew 4:6 and Psalms 91:11-12.)   It is not the claim of being a Christian that makes one a Christian.  It is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that makes one Christian.  The Holy Spirit changes our desires and directs the things that we do (i.e., the “works”.)  The issue really is if “The Light of the World” is in us.  When the Holy Spirit lives in us, we don’t try to get away with doing as little as possible for Him. we ask Him what He is doing and join Him in it.

Taken together, the three verses above are very clear.  Salvation is God’s to grant as He wills.  He provides us with both the grace and the faith.  He designed each of us to do some very specific task or tasks.  We were designed to DO something here and now, to influence the people of this time and place.  Go this week and let Him illuminate you, so that His light shines through you.  Let people see that He is doing His good works through you and glorify your Heavenly Father.

David  Fry

Posted in: Weekly Bulletin


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