“Righteousness Brings Good Works”
The following passage gives us a great example of works religion vs. salvation by faith.
I invite you to read the following verses
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.
32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
In verses 37-39, the righteous are not self-proclaimed. They have been declared righteous by Christ because of their belief.
The righteous don’t deny having done these acts, they are simply amazed that they were for the Lord.
Whether they know it or not they are doing what scripture promises believers will do.
10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
The cursed people in 41-44, have not been doing acts for the people.
Now if Christ had been around them, they insinuate they would have served Him, but they did not serve others even though they had the chance.
These people are described in Matthew 7:21-23.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’
23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Once again, the Lord draws a line in the sand.
He has done all the work, that all people might be saved.
The choice of our eternal future lies before us.
Perhaps most of the ones reading this have chosen Christ’s way of Salvation.
By chance, if you are an unbeliever reading this, as long as you have breath in your body, you can choose Christ.
Believe that you are a sinner.
Accept Christ’s offer, His blood for Your sins.
Believe He gave His life for you, that He was buried and risen.
Christ now sits at the right hand of His Father, God. When we believe, the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the Body of Christ.
The Holy Spirit begins a process of change in our life.
He changes us into the person He wants us to be.
And All God’s people say, Amen.