Apples of Gold - August 9 |

Hunt, Dave

What do we do to work the works of God? I’ll stick with the Lord Jesus’ answer: “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent” (John:6:29). That’s what it means to obey Him (Hebrews:5:8–9). If someone says that believing is a work, apparently they haven’t thought that statement through. The crowd that followed Jesus around was expecting an answer much as this: teach and baptize others, attend worship with church, remain faithful, pray, etc. But Jesus’ actual answer was truly astounding. None of the preceding expectations were correct. All were meritorious, but none had anything to do with initiating our salvation. This reveals the basic error that those of a works-mentality perpetuate. Belief is our foundation; works follow those who are truly saved. We can’t put the cart before the horse. To do so is to set oneself up for legalistic frustration and ultimate failure.

"But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works."