You Are Not Saved by Your Works but by Faith in the Lord Jesus

We are not saved by our works but by faith in the Lord Jesus. But if we believe in Him, then our lives should reflect His goodness through our works. In John 14, Jesus said that we can do greater works than He did when He walked on the Earth. Our lives are the evidence of our belief.

Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (John 14:10-14)

What are the characteristics?

  1. We must accept our God-given greatness.

Though He remained humble before the Father, Jesus never denied His greatness. His claims to represent God ultimately led to His death. Scripture tells us that we are seated together with Christ in the heavenly realms, and a little godly confidence based on the authority we have in Christ would do us good. This kind of confidence is not determined by how many people are beneath you but by who sits above you. As God’s children, we are co-heirs with Christ. We need to accept and walk in the power of this truth if we are to see any evidence of God’s greater works in our lives.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-6)

The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:16-17)

  1. You must serve unreservedly.

Jesus came to serve, not to be served. He gave up His crown and became a servant. Following in His footsteps, we need to serve unreservedly, helping one another with the love of our Lord. Serving God is synonymous with serving others. We are called to serve one another in love, a love that is unconditional. This is no easy task, and the only way to achieve it by dying to our flesh, as Jesus did on the cross. We can only do this if we constantly submit to the Spirit of God.

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. (Galatians 5:13)

Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5:8-10)

  1. We must be full of the Holy Spirit.

It is in your advantage to be full of the Holy Spirit. Spirit-filled believers speak inspirationally and do everything according to His guidance rather than their fleshly desires. When filled with the Spirit, your life will become glorious evidence of the reality of God.

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7)

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. (Galatians 5:16-17)

Believe in the supremacy of the Holy Spirit. Believe in the sufficiency of the Lord Jesus Christ. Believe in the sovereignty of the Father.