grace will make you labor

Heb 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
1 Cor 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

There is a strange teaching on grace that is saying and leaving the impression that “works” have nothing to do in the life of a Christian. The true grace of God actually teaches that grace will make a worker out of you and produce good works. Not works FOR salvation but works FROM salvation; in fact, it’ll empower you to work more than most. First Corinthians 15:10 says of the Apostle Paul, due to the grace of God, that he labored more abundantly than all the Corinthians. The word for labor is the Greek word “kopiao” which means to work hard; to feel fatigue; to toil; to labor; to be wearied.That sounds like some effort to me.

It also says he labored more abundantly or in a more superabundant way; a great deal more, or far more. Works won’t save us, only grace will but the grace that saves will make a worker out of you. Grace will enable and empower a life of good works. Sound doctrine is the key because it will always link genuine faith to good deeds. Sound doctrine from qualified leaders maintains the connection between faith and works in the life of a believer which is the very opposite of what strange doctrine does.

The false idea that works have nothing to do with the life of a Christian now that he is under grace is one of the issues the Apostle Paul dealt with in the book of Titus (labeled by some as the book of good works) where he exhorts them to be zealous of good works, be prepared for every good work, and to maintain good works Titus 2:14; 3:1; 3:8. Good works for a Christian begin after the Cross which was the total work of God for man out of which should come the faithful work of man for God. Our works are as a response of faith, obedience, and love to all that He has done for us.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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