Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (SALVATION IS THE TOTAL WORK OF GOD.) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus UNTO good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Grace is the total, complete, and faithful work of God for man, out of which should come the faithful work of man for God as a response. The grace of God is the basis of our salvation and our spirituality. Our birth into the Kingdom of God and our growth in the Kingdom of God is all empowered by the grace of God including good works. Living under grace does not mean to imply that there is no effort on our part in response to God’s grace, that there is nothing for us to do, and that we are to rest from all works or activity. Grace produces spiritual rest IN activity not FROM activity. It produces anxiety free labor and toil (1 Corinthians 15:10, 11). It produces grace empowered good works.
Salvation by grace is NOT OF WORKS but UNTO GOOD WORKS (Ephesians 2:10).
Works are NOT THE MEANS of salvation but THE RESULT of salvation.
Works are NOT THE CAUSE of salvation but THE CONSEQUENCE of salvation.
Works are NOT FOR salvation but FROM salvation.
Good works are the shine of our light (Matthew 5:14-16) and can draw people to Jesus (1 Peter 2:12). Every Christian passes through the creative hand of God a second time and becomes a new creation that God ordained to do good works. Men cannot see our light inside and that we are no longer in darkness. Men cannot see our faith. It is invisible. Men cannot see we are a new creation inside, but they can see outward evidence of that inward change. The shine of the light inside you is the works we do outside. Matthew 5:14-16 says, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” This has to do with our doing good works. Our good works are the shine of the light.Daniel 12:3 adds how good works will affect our future , “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.” Our works will cause us to shine.
It is not natural to do good works for God, it is supernatural. Good works come from our walk with Him. After you get saved, we are to get your walk outside to measure up to His work inside. Our life is not to be lived unnoticed. We are not Christians undercover or secret service Christians. First Peter 2:12 says, “Having your conversation (lifestyle, behavior, manner of life) honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” Our works are noticed by others.