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Faith & Works
Under the old covenant, it was performance based on laws, rules and regulations. In the new covenant, Jesus is the sureness of it -Hebrews 7:22
    It was His works that laid away our performance regarding what was needed to have and maintain a relationship with God the Father. It was His way, to use His own works of righteousness to qualify Himself to give us the gift of righteousness.(Romans 5:17).bringing us into the Family. It's by this that you have been given the gift of faith from God. He loves us that much! 
    Romans 14:23 ".....whatsoever is not of faith is sin.(original Greek for word 'sin' is 'missing the mark', or, 'not on part with God', and, God is only love, therefore anything uncaring, unkind, inconsiderate, etc. is not of God)".

Faith is so very important -Hebrews 11:2. One's relationship with God is by faith alone -Hebrews 11:6. This is how we 'hit the mark' of God's high calling -Philippians 3:14 "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

Whatever one is not sure of.(doesn't have faith and confidence in).should be put 'on the shelf' until more information comes on it for further consideration. 

Sin is breaking a law that one believes necessary to keep in a relationship with God, when that is not the case at all
    Christ is in your heart. Listen to your heart. It won't lead you to where it may not be appropriate at any particular time. 
    It is also important to improve in areas that one feels strongly about in order to be led towards new horizons in life and to qualify for a reward. 

Works are necessary for a great reward. God calls works some believe necessary for being saved, filthy rags -2Timothy 1:9
    The salvation God gives is just that – a free gift.
    Doing something.(tithing, ten commandments, church going, whatever).to get from God that which He has already freely given you in Christ, but that you believe you still must do something to get, is ludicrous-redundancy. You already have salvation and favor with God. Progress from there. 

Some Christians may be off a bit: They hope God will approve of their works of church attendance, giving dinners to their friends in the church, tithing, prayer, study, etc. and have enough mercy regarding their faults to give them a place in His kingdom. They must realize that He already has had mercy upon them, enshrouded them with His grace and given them the sureness of being in His kingdom, regardless of their works. 
    Have the fire to now qualify for the highest position in His Kingdom that you are capable of getting.
    Press on now toward your reward by doing good works.(Philippians 3:14), works done not to gain salvation and favor with God; you already have that. But works to gain you a reward in that salvation, works done because you love God and His people and all people here. 
    It is only by faith in the fact Jesus lived, died for all sins.(past, present and future ones).and rose from the dead, that we are saved -Ephesians 2:8

But the works we do in spite of all our trials and tribulations.(Revelation 3:8).in life are precious toward the reward each of us will individually receive -James 2:8; 14-26; 3:13; 1Peter 1:7; Revelation 2:19; 3:15; 2:23,26; Hebrews 10:24; Titus 2:14; 3:8; 1Timothy 6:18.
    The individual reward for works is to be understood from the collective gift of being there.(in the family of God, in His Kingdom).in the first place.
Why it is we do things comes from what is in one's heart from which thinking arises. Our 'working out our own salvation' has to do with what we do in our minds with our time. Do we really believe that we are now made righteous? Do we understand what 'works' please God? 
    If one thinks that good works are necessary to get into or remain in a stead of salvation, or a stead of being pleasing to God, he is out of faith righteousness. Good works are necessary to get a reward, a position in God's government, but salvation is a gift to us from God, and one's works do not keep him in a state of having been saved, nor do one's degree or lack of works take him out of a saved state.
    Faith righteousness is the appreciation of the gift of righteousness Christ made possible simply be accepting this free gift as you would.(with appreciation and realization that the gift is indeed real).any gift that someone may give you. 
    Otherwise, one may then be thinking about what he is doing, what he can do, may do, or should do, apart from what Christ has already done, finished and all completed -John 17:4. One would then not be understanding that in Him.(believing in Him {that He is real and that He did what history says He did}).he is complete, at least as far as God is concerned -Colossians 2:10
    On the other hand, if one does good works out of love and concern for others, because he cares for them out of compassion, then that's good. He realizes that his works have nothing to do with gaining favor with God.(as he already is in God's favor -Ephesians 1:6), but they have to do instead with being rewarded in the Kingdom that God has prepared for us. 
    So we do good works, not to please God, but because we're happy that God is already pleased with us thanks to Jesus Christ and we want to love others, doing our best at it in order to receive an everlasting reward in His family. It's right to expect something for your effort. God knows this. God will reward effort. God wants to do this
    We do good works because we want to, not because we have to in order to be saved or keep saved.
    We do good works knowing they're counting toward something for us. To put it another way: One doesn't try to 'get to the boss' or get his attention by what he does, but does things because he is in favor with the boss and happy within the corporation, wanting to the best that one can be. 
    One's inheritance we'll say, may be to work in the dad's corporation.('corporation' here being the gift of the Kingdom of God for those believing {accepting Christ into their heart [the most intimate place you accept anyone you choose to]}).
    Depending on what one does here, he may eventually get a high position and rise to be in proximity to his dad, or he may remain as a stockboy or garbage.(trash).remover, or qualify for somewhere in between. 
    The Kingdom of God is the same. It's the 'corporation'. Your inheritance there is secure. You'll have a position there because you are a member of the family. The things that now qualify you to move to a high position there are the things of character development involving actions of love.
    Salvation is the opportunity for the reward. Salvation is the 'opportunity' within the 'corporation'. One can then be rewarded for works within the 'corporation' and his works improves his character and improves his faith.
    If Christ be in you, you are in the Kingdom of God awaiting the time when it will be set up on Earth and in the meantime, are doing all you can to work the works that come under the overall framework of the spiritual principle of love.(guidelines for 'advancement' the 'corporation' uses to measure one's performance)

Righteousness: produces a high standard of conduct in you and one from your heart. If you work for a boss whom you don't like, you have to please him or you could be gone from the job. How much better to work there because you want to from your heart, rather than having to, in order to please him and get a paycheque. 
    Now your boss might like you a lot and wishes that you would be more open with him so he can get to know you better, and perhaps give you more help. But you however, are a bit stubborn, and may have chosen to relate to him only through your work's performance, thinking that is all he is interested in. 
    Depending on whether or not you trust your boss's thinking, you then would either believe you are or aren't capable of what the boss says when he says you possess the ability to 'go for the gold'. 
    Righteousness produces a standard of conduct. It isn't itself a standard of conduct, although many religious people believe that it is. 
    Righteousness is what God has provided to you as a gift because Jesus made the gift possible. So now God the Father sees you in this 'new set of clothes'. 
    You've seen this bum every day for months. Same type of clothes and colors. Then one day he wins a lottery. The next time you see him, he is dressed up in expensive clothes, shoes, etc. From then on, you see him as happy, prosperous and vibrant. Let's hope the former bum, continues to see himself that way too. God now sees you dressed in righteousness. The new clothes can produce a new thinking and thus a new standard of conduct, unless of course one still thinks as an old bum.....continues to Questions


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