Are We Justified By Any Works?

A querist asks, “Are we justified by any works?”

The Bible teaches that we cannot be justified before God by our own meritorious works (Romans 10:3; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5). In the Jewish mind, if anyone could have had a reason to glory in his own accomplishments, it would have been Abraham (Romans 4:1).

Paul, however, argues in Romans 4:2-8 that if Abraham had been justified on the ground of his works (meritorious works), he could have gloried (Romans 4:2) because he would have earned his own reward as a debt paid by God (Romans 4:4). However, Paul demonstrates that Genesis 15:6 (quoted in Romans 4:3) precludes this conclusion.

See here.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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