III. WHILE WORKS HAVE NO PART IN OUR SALVATION THEY DO HAVE A PART IN OUR RELIGION
We are created unto good works.
1. Pattern of good works decided. Just what good works are is determined by God. The path of holiness is mapped out by Him. It is a doing of His will; it is a being like Him. 1 Pet 1:16. But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people, Jeremiah 31:33.The will is renewed.
Q35:What is sanctification?
A:Sanctification is the work of God's free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.
God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit, 2Thessalonians 2:13
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness, Ephesians 4:24.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, Romans 8:1.
2. Persistence in good works demanded. Walk. We must progress in good works. 2 Peter 1:3-11. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them, Ezekiel 36:27.
3. Power for good works supplied. Gal 2:20; Phil 2:13. In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:37-39. Overflowing power is to be found in Christ whereby we live for Christ and become a source of blessing and life to others. Let us drink from Christ.