God Saves by Our Deeds


"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.

God has no respect for persons, Saves us by our deeds.

Romans 2:6-11 say, "Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God." Verses 6 & 11 say that God will not do any personal favor and his judgment will be strictly according to what we do. So, our works are vital for our salvation. Verses 7 & 10 say that if we continue in well doing and good works of righteousness, we will have eternal life. Verses 8 & 9 say that if we are contentious, evil, unrighteous, or do not obey God, we will be in the wrath of God that is hell or the lake of fire. So, our good works of righteousness and obedience to God are mandatory for salvation that is eternal life.

1 Timothy 5 says, "24 Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. 25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid." Verse 24 says that both open sins and secret sins will be judged. Verse 25 says that every good works will be seen. But we say, 'only God knows.' Verse 25 says, good works will be noticed and there are no secret good works. So, if others have not seen it, we do not have it.

Jesus Christ says in Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Jesus Christ tells us to show our good works to men, so that they may see and glorify God the Father. But the devil says not to do good works and we are not saved by it. But, Jesus Christ says in Matthew 16:27 "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Again, preachers say that rewards does not mean heaven, and if you need heaven, you should not do works. But, the truth is, if you need heaven as reward, it is according to good works. They say many foolish things, and foolish people listen to them. We cannot stop them. But, we can escape these silly traps of Satan, if we follow the word of God.

However: Titus 3:5 says, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, --." False preachers quote this verse and say that even if we do the works of righteousness, we will not be saved, but it is just the mercy of God that saves us. By saying this, they tell believers neither to obey God nor to live holy, by calling them works. Instead, they turn the believers to church worships, praise songs, which are rituals or ceremonies in the name of God and turn them to religious living which will benefit the churches and evangelists materially. But Jesus Christ has rebuked this practice and said that these things will not save us. Now, let us see the verse in its context. Titus 3:3 to 5 say, "For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" Verse 3 says that we were sinning. Verse 4 says that Jesus Christ came as a man because of his love. Verse 5 says that he came, not because we lived a righteous life, but we were living in sin. That is, If we were living righteously, he didn't have to come. Because we were living in sin, he came and saved us from sinning, meaning converted us to be righteous, (it is written to those who were saved, but not to them who were yet living in sin.) It is 'by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;' With the regeneration and renewal, they will perfectly obey God. Deuteronomy 6:25 "And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us. Romans 6:16 says, Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" So, now they are perfectly righteous by their obedience. Jesus Christ came when they were not righteous and converted them to be righteous. Of course God has love and mercy toward the whole world and that is why he became a man. But only those who obey him will be made righteous. Hebrews 5:9 being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; False preachers take a portion of the verse and preach it to say that we do not have to obey God in order to be saved. It is a deliberate twist of the Bible. As an attorney twists the words of a witness by picking only segments of a statement and will not allow him/her to tell the complete story, false preachers take the portions of a verse from the word of God and twist it to hide the truth. It is the crookedness of the devil. Bust God says, He "will render to every man according to his deeds:"

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