Ephesians 2:8 or by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
A question I often ask Roman Catholics or those in a works-based salvation false system is “what work can you personally add to the completed perfect work of Jesus Christ?” Or can logical reasoning presume that perfection be perfected?
If I do get an answer, which is rarely, to that question, it is met with stern objection. Despite the fact that Scripture teaches us that there is absolutely nothing a sinner can do to save themselves by their works, those caught up in these works based false gospels will continue to try to be saved by their works.
It not only diminishes but tarnishes, spits on, the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross and His ressurrection to presume you can use ANY work of your own to be saved. It is saying “Your work is NOT sufficient Jesus, so I will use some of my own to complete what you foolishly and haphazardly left unfinished”. It also says about the one moronically trying to add a work to Jesus Christ’s, “I don’t have faith in YOU”. The attempt to steal ANY glory from Jesus Christ by adding YOURSELF and your works to His is sheer lunacy.
Now Roman Catholics for example will try to bend the argument. They will claim “the works are wrought by grace” to get around the problem. But it doesn’t get around the problem, because it then says God is the issue here because He left Jesus’ work incomplete and now will use sinners to save themselves by a nonexistent grace which powers works to salvation. Scripture NEVER teaches this sheer nonsense. So a Roman Catholic for example thinks that their church attendance and scarament participation is somehow helping Jesus save them, since His work alone cannot save them.
THE CARROT TRICK
Every false religious system such Roman Catholicism will teach their congregation to do good works in order to be saved, NOT as the result of salvation, again with the false idea that Jesus left His work incomplete. So they employ a carrot trick by this, always keeping salvation out of the grasp of the sinner, they keep control over that sinner’s salvation. “Did you do enough to be saved” is the general sentiment. Whereas Christianity clearly teaches JESUS DID ENOUGH ON YOUR BEHALF, SO PLACE YOUR FAITH ALONE IN HIM.
Why Can’t a Saved Sinner Boast?
Answer, no one saved can boast if Jesus did it all! You can’t say “well God, look at my perfect church attendance” or “look at what I did for the poor” or “look how much I tried to keep the commandments” or “look how much morally superior I am compared to other sinners”. Those boasts do NOT fly with God! Those boasts and those works are indeed filthy smelly rottenous rags as the sinner in vain tries to steal an ounce of glory from His only Son Jesus Christ. A foul stench in His nose.
Jesus paid it all, His work was perfect! Perfection cannot be perfected! So place your faith alone in Him and you shall be saved just as God promised!