"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Grace is the power that God gives to people to overcome sins and to live in obedience to God. It is not to cover our sins on the day of judgment. We Christians frequently use the phrase "by the grace of God" as if we all have grace, which is not true. If we overcome sins, then it is proof that we have grace.
All of us will be resurrected. "1 Corinthians 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. 32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, ..." We all will stand before Jesus Christ for our judgment. "Romans 14:10 ... we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ." And we receive reward according to what we have done either good or bad. Jesus Christ will give his reward to the just and to the unjust, either eternal life in heaven or eternal damnation of hell with the lake of fire. "2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences." Every Christian believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ, rapture, resurrection, and heaven. They also believe, we are saved not by works, but by grace. They neither know what is works, nor what is grace. They just use them as clichés. Jesus Christ says in "Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Jesus Christ says that our status in heaven is according to what we have worked for. But, it is still a reward, which will be the richest of all trophies.
For more details, please study the links: "Works", "Works Video", "Heaven Lesson."
God Bless You