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(Rom 2:12-16 KJV) "For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; {13} (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. {14} For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: {15} Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) {16} In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel." In verse 13, it said only the one who doeth the works of the Law will be justified. What is it that causes God to justify the man that doeth (worketh) the Law? He is showing forth his love for God by keeping (working) the Commandments. (1 John 5:3 KJV) "For this is the love of God, that we keep (work) his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous."

(James 2:11-12 KJV) "For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. {12} So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty." Here again, not to do something that God told you not to do, is doing work. If Your Working of God, would you will not do what God told you not to do? We are His servants.

(Mat 7:22-24 KJV) "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? {23} And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. {24} Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:" Building ones houses based on the word of God is work. So is doing the works of the Devil, works.

(Mat 21:28-31 KJV) "But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. {29} He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. {30} And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. {31} Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you." Here again works is involved with both sons. One did the work of his Master. The other did the works of the Devil, that is the work of disobedience.

(Mark 13:33-37 KJV) "Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. {34} For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. {35} Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: {36} Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. {37} And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." Here the servant that was doing his Master work, when He came back, received the Master reward. The servant that stopped working and went to sleep, was caught without the works of his Master, and was destroyed.

(John 6:27-29 KJV) "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. {28} Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? {29} Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." Here believing on Jesus Christ is described as work. By this statement of Jesus Christ, we can see what James meant when he said: (James 2:18 KJV) "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works." (James 2:18 TLB) "But someone may well argue, "You say the way to God is by faith alone, plus nothing; well, I say that good works are important too, for without good works you can't prove whether you have faith or not; but anyone can see that I have faith by the way I act."

(Rom 11:4-5 TLB) "And do you remember how God replied? God said, "No, you are not the only one left. I have seven thousand others besides you who still love me and have not bowed down to idols!" {5} It is the same today. Not all the Jews have turned away from God; there are a few being saved as a result of God's kindness in choosing them." Here the works that justified the Jews that were saved, was that they had not bowed down to worship Idols. If one does the works that are involved in keeping the Pagans Holy Days and celebrations, will they not be judged by their works as sinners and not saved? In this scripture, all that had bowed down to Baal, by participating in the Idolatry of the Nations around them, was cut off from God's People. They did not receive God's Eternal Life.

(1 Cor 3:12-17 KJV) "Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; {13} Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. {14} If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. {15} If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. {16} Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? {17} If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."

In this passage alone, the works of the man it is talking about is mentioned six times. Each time the work being mentioned, it is being judge by God to see if the work is going to stand fall before God. The last work mentioned is the work of the mans defiling his own body. To do the work of defiling ones own body with sin brings destruction from God. "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy." (1 Cor 15:58 KJV) "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

(2 Cor 9:8-9 KJV) "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: {9} (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever." The Grace of God towards one, makes that person prosperous so he can abound to every good work. When he has prosperity from the Grace of God, he will do the work of sending out missionaries and giving to the poor. The one who does this type of work has righteousness for ever.

(Gal 6:2-5 KJV) "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. {3} For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. {4} But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. {5} For every man shall bear his own burden."

(Phil 2:12-13 KJV) "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. {13} For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." In this passage, it is said that when you do God's will, you are working out your own salvation. It not only says that you are working out your salvation, but that it is the Spirit of God in you that is doing all the works to work out your salvation. Can a man be saved without God's Works coming out from within him? How can he be saved, if the works in him is not the works of God, working out his salvation. If the works are not God's Works, than they must be the works of the Devil. (Col 1:27 KJV) "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:"

(Col 1:9-10 KJV) "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; {10} That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;" Here we have it said that "being fruitful in every good work" is the way, if not the only way to please God. Salvation comes to us when we please God by living the Life He wants us to live. (Rom 11:5 KJV) "Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace."

(2 Th 1:11-12 KJV) "Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: {12} That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." Here, Paul is praying that we will be counted worthy of God's calling. What is God's calling in each one of our lives? (Titus 2:11-13 KJV) "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, {12} Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; {13} Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;"

Here, the Grace of God is not unmerited favour to cover our sins, but the appearing of Christ to reveal the knowledge that God has called each one of us, and the purpose for which He Called each one of us to. (Eph 2:10 KJV) "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." If we do not do the Good Works that God called us to, we have failed to accomplish His purpose in our life that God has created us to.

(2 Th 2:16-17 KJV) "Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, {17} Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work."

(2 Tim 2:20-22 KJV) "But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. {21} If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. {22} Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart."

(Titus 1:15-16 KJV) "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. {16} They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate."

(Titus 3:1-6 KJV) "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, {2} To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men. {3} 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; {6} Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;" (Rom 11:5 KJV) "according to the election of grace."

(Heb 6:7-11 KJV) "For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: {8} But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. {9} But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. {10} For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. {11} And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:"

(Heb 13:20-22 KJV) "Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, {21} Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. {22} And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words."

(James 1:2-4 KJV) "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; {3} Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. {4} But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

(James 1:25-27 KJV) "But who so looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. {26} If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. {27} Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

(James 3:13-16 KJV) "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. {14} But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. {15} This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. {16} For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work."

(Rev 22:11-15 KJV) "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. {14} Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. {15} For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie."

(Acts 10:34-35 TLB) "Then Peter replied, "I see very clearly that the Jews are not God's only favorites! {35} In every nation he has those who worship him and do good deeds and are acceptable to him."

(Rom 2:8-13 KJV) "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. {12} For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; {13} (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified."

(Col 3:24-25 KJV) "Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. {25} But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons."

(1 Pet 1:16-19 KJV) "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. {17} And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: {18} For asmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; {19} But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:"

From all of the above scriptures from the New Covenant that God made and Sealed with the Blood of Jesus Christ, I think it clearly teaches that a man must bring for good works from within his or her life to please God to receive the "Election of Promise". If one brings forth evil works, there is no way that person can please God to receive "The Election of Promise". We must remember at all times that good works by themselves cannot save us. Good works was the very purpose for which we were created. If we don't go beyond Good Works to please God, we are still an unprofitable servant yet. We must please God the Father and God the Son, hoping that we will be found worthily to receive the election of Grace for our Salvation. (Rev 2:7 KJV) "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." (Rev 3:21 KJV) "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne."

The Bible tells us to study to show ourselves approved of God's Salvation . The question that one must ask here is, if one cannot earn salvation by his righteous works, and the Bible clearly teaches that one cannot, it is a free gift, then how does God decide whom He will save? God Himself decides who is worthy of His Salvation. It is God who declares one worthy or not worthy. The Bible clearly teaches that if one does not please God with ones way of life, he will not inherit the Kingdom. Below are a few scriptures that backs this up.God Is Selective Of Whom He Will Be Taken Into The Kingdom of God.

(Mat 10:38 KJV) "And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." (Luke 20:35 KJV) "But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:" (Luke 21:36 KJV) "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (2 Tim 2:15 KJV) "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (Mat 3:17 KJV) "And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (John 8:29 KJV) "And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him."

(Rom 8:8 KJV) "So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." (Rom 15:3 KJV) "For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me." (1 Cor 10:5 KJV) "But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness." (1 Th 4:1 KJV) "Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more." (Heb 11:6 KJV) "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." (Heb 13:16 KJV) "But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased."

From the above scriptures one can see that there is no hard and fast rule for God to save any man. The man's salvation depends upon the fact that God was pleased with how the man lived his life in Christ from within the environment that he lives in. If God does not approve of the way you live your life in Him, you will be a cast away. The words; worthy, accounted, approved, and pleased, all indicate that God is selective in whom He takes into the Kingdom of God. He will take anyone and everyone into His Kingdom that pleases Him. If this is true and it is, what should we who want to see the Kingdom of God do? Please Him.

We should try to please God in every action we do and in every thought that we think. (2 Cor 10:5 KJV) "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" (Mat 6:25 KJV) "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" Remember the Bible said we are saved by Grace through Faith. Thinking wrong thoughts is the sin of un-believe. (Rom 14:23 KJV) "And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin." We see from this scripture that it is important how we approach each day of our life in Christ Jesus. Mat 6:34 "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." We are commanded to put UN-believe out of our lives when we live our life in Christ Jesus. We should try with all our heart, soul, and life to please God.

Conclusion.What than is the key to our salvation? If we want to win the approval for ourselves with the person that we want to be married to, we should try in every way to please the Groom and His Father to get Their approval. Always remembering it is Them that selects us for the bride. We must remember also that we are Their bond slave, created to serve Their Righteousness. Righteousness is King, and those who seek the Kingdom of Righteousness, will receive it. We cannot win His Love by just doing what a servant was created and commanded to do. We have the perfect will of the Father written in the New Covenant that Jesus Christ gave to us, and Sealed with His own Blood. (Mat 4:4 KJV) "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

We must go beyond just obedience to what "is written". We must learn to love doing what is written in God's Covenant. We must Love them with our whole life by doing Their will perfectly. He want a bride that is worthy of His status. He wants a bride without spot or wrinkle. He want a Bride that is full of Grace and Truth, just like the Son that the Father is going to marry them to. (John 1:14 KJV) "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."Salvation in the Word of God means being freed from a bondage that one fines oneself in when the bow their knee to Baal.. In the case of man, salvation means being freed from the sin of braking the Laws of God that define His Perfect will for mankind. (1 John 3:4-5 TLB) "But those who keep on sinning are against God, for every sin is done against the will of God. {5} And you know that he became a man so that he could take away our sins, and that there is no sin in him, no missing of God's will at any time in any way." This is the Grace of God the Father, He sent His Son Jesus Christ to us, to show us the way out of our life of Baal Worship, by following Him who know no sin. He was obedient to do His Father's will. Not being obedient to do the Father's will was Adam's sin, and its ours sin also, if we are still sinning.

The Grace that the Protestant Churches define as unmerited favour is not found in the Bible, but only in their teaching which they claim to be from the Bible. The Bible teaches that the Grace of God the Father and His Son is Their Divine Nature and Character. The word Grace is only unmerited when we see it as the Father sending His First Son Jesus Christ, down from heaven to earth, to show sinful man the way to be qualified to receive the Free Gift of Grace in Christ Jesus. It is true that a Gift, an it is absolutely free to the receiver. But that does not make it unmerited in the eye of the Gift giver. If the Gift is only given to those who Pleases the Father, the Father Himself will qualifies who will receive His Gift. The question remains, is Salvation restricted to a Chosen few? (Rev 14:12 KJV) "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."

If we know who are going to be in the wedding when Christ is married to His Church, we can also know who will not be there. The answer in the scriptures is clear as to who will be qualified. First, they must have on a wedding garment that is without spot or wrinkle. Second, they must be keeping the Commandments of God. Third, they must have and keep the same Faith that Jesus Christ had. If it is true that only those who meet this standard of God's chosen, than we know who will not be in the wedding feast. Those who do not have these qualities.

The Bible teaches that people have to be right with God to receive the Gift of Eternal Life. and so do most churches. (Mat 22:12-14 TLB) "Friend,' he asked, 'how does it happen that you are here without a wedding robe?' And the man had no reply. {13} "Then the king said to his aides, 'Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.' {14} For many are called, but few are chosen." Many churches are cultic in their teachings, and teach that only the people who right according to their groups teachings, will receive salvation. The man who went to the wedding feast was a believer, but he did not qualify to be married to the Lord Jesus Christ, so they "throw him out". The person without the wedding robe did not get the free unmerited Gift of Eternal Life.

(Eph 5:25-27 TLB) "And you husbands, show the same kind of love to your wives as Christ showed to the Church when he died for her, {26} to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God's Word; {27} so that he could give her to himself as a glorious Church without a single spot or wrinkle or any other blemish, being holy and without a single fault."

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