The relationship between Grace and Good Works

The relationship between grace and works is often difficult to explain without being
misunderstood.  Grace is obviously, “God’s unmerited favor” which He has bestowed on us through Christ.  A person placing his trust in the death and resurrection of Christ for the forgiveness of sins is exercising faith.  Faith is the only way to receive God’s grace through Christ (for salvation).

In Ephesians 2:10, we find that God has prepared each believer for good works (He
made this determination before salvation).  Each believer is saved by faith through the grace of God, but God has planned for each believer to bear spiritual fruit in his or her life.  God desires each believer to do good works (i.e. acts of obedience) out of love, gratitude, and respect for Him.  Good works are the result of God’s grace.  Grace is not the result of good works.

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