[Heb 10:24] and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and GOOD WORKS,
[Titus 2:14] who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are ZEALOUS FOR GOOD DEEDS.
[Acts 26:20] but declared first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and PERFORM DEEDS WORTHY OF REPENTANCE.
The works of a person must be considered in total: any and all physical processes within the body, as well as actions outside the body - including thinking and speaking. All actions are works. Opening your mouth to pray - is an action - a good work. If confessing out loud "Jesus is Lord" is a condition of salvation, good works ARE necessary for salvation. If baptism is necessary for salvation, good works ARE necessary for salvation. It is a work, to form words and speak, or jump into a pool of water.
[Romans 10:9] For if thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thy heart that God hath raised him up from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[John 3:5] Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Thinking is an action, because it requires a functioning brain to occur (synaptic nerves, blood, oxygen - many actions). A mute quadriplegic could not confess anything out loud, so his confession of faith would be entirely mental - by thought. Lord please forgive my evil thoughts!!
[1Cor 7:19.3] For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.
[Mat 23:25, 26] "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you cleanse the OUTSIDE of the cup and of the plate (outside of the BODY) , but inside they are full of extortion and rapacity. You blind Pharisee! first cleanse the INSIDE of the cup and of the plate (the heart), that the outside also may be clean.
Faith alone, when viewed in this manner, pushes one away from Christ, rather than towards Him. Because in order to make "faith alone" work, you have to ignore the words of Jesus (Acts 5:32, Mat 19:16-17, Mark 13:13)!! How can one truly be saved if they purposely distance themselves from the words of Jesus??
[Acts 5:32] We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who OBEY HIM."
So the TRUE GOSPEL is:
OBEY Christ and you shall be saved, if you endure to the end!
Faith that is concurrent with good works is faithfulness. At the same time - one! Faith and works are 2 sides of the same coin - it is the life of a TRUE CHRISTIAN. Faith without works is dead (james 2:17). And works without faith is idolatry (romans 14:23). A coin is worthless - if one side is blank. Not separate - for when they are preached separate, they are out of context.
[1Chr 10:13.9] So Saul died for his unfaithfulness; he was unfaithful to the LORD in that he did not keep the command of the LORD, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance,
God is love (1 john 4:8), so how could you be saved without Him??
God is infinite love. Love without boundaries - limits. And according to 1 Cor 13:5 …love keeps no record of wrongs.
Holding to the pattern of mystery, the condition for un-conditional love is to forgive - practice un-conditional love. By practicing forgiveness, you genuinely participate in the infinite goodness of God.
As you read the following passages, you must realize, your salvation depends on having a forgiving attitude:
[Mark 2:10] But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...." He said to the paralytic,
[John 14:15] "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
[John 15:12] "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
[Mark 11:25] And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."
[Luke 6:36,37] Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
[Mat 6:14,15] For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
If you make it a practice to forgive, to hold nothing against anyone, you will find it harder to sin against others. The reason for this is: most sins a vengeance based - based on bitterness for some hurt you suffered in the past. So if your heart is empty of bitterness and guilt, there is no longer any motivation to do evil.