WCOF, of Good Works

Chapter XVI – Of Good Works.

  1. Good works are only such as God hath commanded in His holy Word,(1) and not such as, without the warrant thereof, are devised by men, out of blind zeal, or upon any pretence of good intention.(2) (1) Mic 6:8; Ro 12:2; Heb 13:21.

(2)          Mt 15:9; Isa 29:13; 1Pe 1:18; Ro 10:2.

 

  1. These good works, done in obedience to God’s commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith:(1) and by them believers manifest their thankfulness,(2) strengthen their assurance,(3) edify their brethren,(4) adorn the profession of the Gospel,(5) stop the mouths of the adversaries,(6) and glorify God,(7) whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto;(8) that, having their fruit unto holiness, they may have the end eternal life.(9)

(1)                Jas 2:18,22.

(2)                Ps 116:12,13; 1Pe 2:9.

(3)                1Jn 2:3,5; 2Pe 1:5-10.

(4)                2Co 9:2; Mt 5:16.

(5)                Tit 2:5,9,10,11,12; 1Ti 6:1.

(6)                1Pe 2:15.

(7)                1Pe 2:12; Php 1:11; Jn 15:8.

(8)                Eph 2:10.

(9)                Rom. 6:22.

 

iii.                 Their ability to do good works is not at all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ.(1) And that they may be enabled thereunto, beside the graces they have already received, there is required an actual influence of the same Holy Spirit to work in them to will and to do of His good pleasure:(2) yet are they not hereupon to grow negligent, as if they were not bound to perform any duty unless upon a special motion of the Spirit; but they ought to be diligent in stirring up the grace of God that is in them.(3) (1)     Jn 15:4,5,6; Eze 36:26,27.

(2)                Php 2:13; Php 4:13; 2Co 3:5.

(3)                Php 2:12; Heb 6:11,12; 2Pe 1:3,5,10,11; Isa 64:7; 2Ti 1:6; Ac 26:6,7; Jude 20,21.

 

  1. They who, in their obedience, attain to the greatest height which is possible in this life, are so far from being able to supererogate, and to do more than God requires, as that they fall short of much which in the duty they are bound to do.(1)

(1)                Lk 17:10; Ne 13:22; Job 9:2,3; Gal 5:17.

 

  1. We cannot, by our best works, merit pardon of sin, or eternal life, at the hand of God, by reason of the great disproportion that is between them and the glory to come, and the infinite distance that is between us and God, whom by them, we can neither profit nor satisfy for the debt of our former sins;(1) but when we have done all we can, we have done but our duty, and are unprofitable servants;(2) and because, as they are good, they proceed from His Spirit;(3) and as they are wrought by us, they are defiled, and mixed with so much weakness and imperfection, that they cannot endure the severity of God’s judgment.(4)

(1)                Ro 3:20; Ro 4:2,4,6; Eph 2:8,9; Tit 3:5,6,7; Ro 8:18; Ps 16:2; Job. 22:2,3; Job 35:7,8.

(2)                Lk 17:10.

(3)                Gal 5:22,23.

(4)                Isa 64:6; Gal 5:17; Ro 7:15,18; Ps 143:2; Ps 130:3.

 

  1. Notwithstanding, the persons of believers being accepted through Christ, their good works also are accepted in Him;(1) not as though they were in this life wholly unblameable and unreprovable in God’s sight;(2) but that He, looking upon them in His Son, is pleased to accept and reward that which is sincere, although accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfections.(3)

(1)                Eph 1:6; 1Pe 2:5; Ex 28:38; Ge 4:4; Heb 11:4.

(2)                Job 9:20; Ps 143:2.

(3)                Heb 13:20,21; 2Co 8:12; Heb 6:10; Mt 25:21,23.

 

vii.                Works done by unregenerate men, although, for the matter of them, they may be things which God commands, and of good use both to themselves and others;(1) yet, because they proceed not from an heart purified by faith;(2) nor are done in a right manner, according to the Word;(3) nor to a right end, the glory of God;(4) they are therefore sinful, and cannot please God, or make a man meet to receive grace from God.(5) And yet, their neglect of them is more sinful and displeasing unto God.(6) (1)             2Ki 10:30,31; 1Ki 21:27,29; Php 1:15,16,18.

(2)                Ge 4:5; Heb 11:4,6.

(3)                1Co 13:3; Isa 1:12.

(4)                Mt 6:2,5,16.

(5)                Hag 2:14; Tit 1:15; Am 5:21,22; Hos 1:4; Ro 9:16; Tit 3:15.

(6)                Ps 14:4; Ps 36:3; Job 21:14,15; Mt 25:41,42,43,45; Mt 23:3.

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3 Responses to WCOF, of Good Works

  1. Anonymous says:

    God’s promise over men’s good works binds God’s promise over the rewards.
    Heb 6
    12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, 14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

  2. θ says:

    In Islam the continuous good work prevents the death of faith. A dead faith means annulment of Eternal Life, since a life can’t be given by a dead belief.

    However, one’s good works and good condition can somewhat be diminished or reduced by external factor which is called the “burden” of sins impacted by the other sinners. Nevertheless, the burden of sin is not identical with the sin itself.
    One of examples for putting the burden somewhere is the way of “unloading” of the sin off its sting from certain Moslems, and delivering the sin’s “empty” sting upon Jews and Christians instead, as merely a burden, which will happen on the Judgment Day.
    The burden of sin from certain Moslems just eats up the remaining good works of Jews and Christians.

    Other example, the ground which was once in good, even unblemished condition (before the expulsion of Adam) has to bear the “burden” of sin of Adam since his fall, even though the ground doesn’t receive the sin committed by Adam himself.

    The sin’s burden eats up the good works of Jews and Christians.
    Mustadrak al-Hakim Hadith 193, vol.1 p.126.
    Narrated Abu Musa: Allah’s Messenger said: On the Day of Resurrection, my Ummah (nation) will be gathered into three groups. One sort will enter Paradise without rendering an account (of their deeds). Another sort will be reckoned an easy account and admitted into Paradise. Yet another sort will come bearing on their backs heaps of sins like great mountains. Allah will ask the angels though He knows best about them: Who are these people? They will reply: They are humble slaves of yours. He will say: Unload it (حطوها hatuw ha) from them and deliver it (واجعلوها, wa aj’alu ha) over the Jews and Christians: then let the humble slaves get into Paradise by virtue of My Mercy.

    In other Hadith, more specifically the sin of Moslems is made forgiven firstly before being delivered as the burden to Jews and Christians.
    Muslim, Book 037, Number 6668
    Abu Burda reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: There would come people amongst the Muslims on the Day of Resurrection with as heavy sins as a mountain, and Allah would forgive them and He would place in their stead the Jews and the Christians.

  3. madmanna says:

    Wishful thinking.

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