The work of God is that you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that God raised Him up from the dead and gave Him glory, that our faith and hope might be in God. Man is always trying to earn his way to heaven. He likes to feel that there is something he can do to merit salvation. If man could somehow contribute the saving of his soul then he could find a ground for boasting, which would then be very pleasing to him. So today, many are seeking to earn their way to heaven by good works. Good works do not precede salvation, they follow it. The only good work a sinner can do is to confess his sins and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. “I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die, believeth thou this”? John 11:25-26.
How can you know when you are a believer? Believers live in a different sphere, just as man lives in the air and fish lives in water, a believer lives in the Spirit. If the spirit of Christ does not continually indwell a person, he or she does not belong to Christ (Romans 8:9). The characteristics of a believer include being Christ like by the way we treat each other and the way we treat outsiders. God rarely allows a person to see how great a blessing they are to other people. As believing Christians, we should recognize that God uses all things to accomplish His purpose of making us like Jesus Christ. Therefore, we should cooperate with the Holy Spirit. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose,” Romans 8:28.
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