Scripture-Study List: Salvation by Faith and Works


The Old Testament teaches that in determining our eternal reward God will consider both our faith (our hearts) and our works.

Proverbs 24:12:

  • If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

Jesus Christ Himself taught that calling on His name–having faith–is not enough to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Doing God’s will–good works–is also essential.

Matthew 7:21:

  • Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Jesus taught that He would return to judge men at the last day according to their works, and, presumably, according to their faith.

Matthew 16:27:

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