Saving faith is made evident by works but faith does not save where their is no evidence of works of the Holy Spirit. When one is truly born again they produce fruit unto God. They are holy because God is holy and God lives in his people to cause them to walk in his ways. However, if you are relying on works as a means of justification you are not saved and no matter how many good works you do they will never be good enough. Why? Because God’s law demands perfection and only a perfect person can keep the law. There is no one good but God. Only Jesus could keep the law and that is why he came: TO FULLFILL ALL THE RIGHTEOUS REQUIRMENTS OF THE LAW.
Now all who have saving faith and are born of the Holy Spirit are justified in Christ and are no longer under the wrath of God or the condemnation of the law! A good work is one done by one of God’s people, for God’s sake, and in God’s will. A “good work” is a “God work.”
Good Works are the fruit of a Spirit filled born again Christian but they do not constitute salvation. Good works do not earn us Kudos with God nor do they keep us in salvation.
Good works are a by product of ones faith and are initiated and embowered by the Holy Spirit. Works done for selfish ambition or the praises of men are self made works and will be burned up by the fire of God’s judgment. Only God works are acceptable to a holy God!
II Corinthians 11:12-15
” For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
(Notice that false Apostles do works of righteousness but they are not God’s righteousness)
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
“What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”
Righteousness is only achieved through faith in Jesus Christ, and not by behavior of any kind BUT those who are really God’s children will bear fruit that reveals they are made righteous by grace.