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Since we are saved by God’s grace and mercy, why should we do good works?

The fact that God by His grace and mercy actually saves sinful people like us is stunning! When we receive Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, God lavishes His grace and mercy on us (Eph. 1:8). In salvation God gives us a new nature: the Holy Spirit Himself takes up residence in us. The saving work of God in a person’s life is a stupendous reality, and this reality should be expressed in a person’s subsequent life. After salvation we live a life of good works to show the reality of what Christ has done in our lives (Eph. 2:8–10). Our good works cannot save us, but we do good works because we are saved (Titus 2:11–14).

BY Dr. Winfred O. Neely

Dr. Winfred Neely is currently working towards his third degree in at the University of Bristol, England. An ordained minister and full-time professor of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute, Winfred has served churches across the City of Chicago, the near west subburbs, and Senegal, West Africa. He and his wife Stephne have been married for forty years and have four adult children and nine grandchildren. 

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