Good Works Under Grace

This originally appeared as an email delivered on
Saturday, March 24th, 2012.

At one time you may have been stuck under an “endure to the end”, “live it to keep it”, “works and faith”, “commandment keeping” religious system.

Now that your faith is in the gospel of the grace of God you understand that the gift of righteousness and eternal life is given freely by grace without additional works. Christ did it all. You have liberty in him.

So, then, is the gospel of the grace of God antinomian (against law)? Does it give a license to sin? Does freedom and liberty mean that sin will abound? God forbid. The truth about grace is much different.

This is why God inspired two epistles to the Corinthians. In 1 Corinthians Paul lays the grace framework for good works performed by saints that are not bound by the law and are at complete liberty.

The Corinthians were abusing their liberty, and refusing to do good works on the basis of their liberty from the law.

We can learn about the grace motivation to do good works by reading Paul’s rebuke of the saved, but lascivious, Corinthians.

We have been teaching 1 Corinthians verse by verse for 31 weeks. You can find all of the outlines plus mp3 recordings in our verse by verse section.

1 Corinthians

For His glory,

Justin “grace works” Johnson

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