Works was never a means of salvation. You can’t be saved by works because no amount of “good works” can undo your sin. It simply isn’t possible. Jesus he can remove your record of sin because he suffered in our place. He paid the penalty for us.
Jesus said more than once we are going to be judged by our works Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Revelation 20:12,13 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Revelation 22:14,15 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.
Well now how can God say those things? Because it is directly clear that we will be rewarded/judged based on our works? Because the bible is blatantly clear on that in those verses? The bible doesn’t contradict itself nor can any portion of it be ignored. So any rejection of clear testimony of the scripture is not warranted.
Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
The last verse which everyone seems to over look. Yes we are saved by grace through faith. That grace we are saved by does something to us. Verse 10 says that we are created in Christ Jesus unto good works. That’s what the bible says. Now look at the new covenant promise: Hebrews 10:16 16 ¶ This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
If our actions originate from our heart, and God writes his law in our heart and puts his Holy Spirit in us what does that do? It changes our actions.
Galatians 5:22 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 ¶ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these ; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 ¶ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Love is manifested in things that we do. Love is an action. Saying that you love someone and do nothing for them isn’t love. If I told my wife I loved her and did everything that she hated would she believe that I loved her? Absolutely not. Would anyone one else believe that I loved her? No.
reading Hebrews 11, Paul attaches every person named. As a person of faith to something that they did. Faith produces works. It changes your action. Faith causes someone to choose to follow Jesus, to repent of there sins thoseare all things that they do, it makes drunk people sober, it makes criminals give up their criminal ways. Those are all fruits of the spirit. If the spirit of God is in you it will change you. It gives evidence to your faith.
James 2:14-26 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 ¶ Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 ¶ Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 ¶ For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.