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This page is how doing things for Christ and God saves.

(090520 - update)
Already a page addresses the concept of grace.  It is only appropriate that the subject of deeds should receive its own attention.  So that all may meditate on the word of God and what it teaches, mainly scriptures will be used.  In this way each Christian can be exposed to the maximum of the balance of God's own teachings.

Jesus on deeds

Matthew 3:10, ASV,  And even now the axe lieth at the root of the trees: every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.


Matthew 5:19, 20, Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 7:15-17, Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. 16 By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

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 who is in heaven.

Matthew 10:39, He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Matthew 12:35, The good man out of his good treasure bringeth forth good things: and the evil man out of his evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

Matthew 12:50, For whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Matthew 13:23, And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; who verily beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Matthew 15:3-9, DRC, But he answering, said to them: Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for your tradition? For God said: 4 Honour thy father and mother: And: He that shall curse father or mother, let him die the death. 5 But you say: Whosoever shall say to father or mother, The gift whatsoever proceedeth from me, shall profit thee. 6 And he shall not honour his father or his mother: and you have made void the commandment of God for your tradition. 7 Hypocrites, well hath Isaias prophesied of you, saying: 8 This people honoureth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me. 9 And in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and commandments of men.

Comment on 15:3-9:  The command was to assist one's parents - doing things for them.  What Jesus condemned here was the fact that people paid lip service to God's word but followed their heart and human leaders.  Here is underscored the importance of obedience to what is commanded, the doing of things necessary.

The doing of evil deeds defile.  Similarly entertaining such evil thoughts without turning them aside also defile:

Matthew 15:17-20, DRC, Do you not understand, that whatsoever entereth into the mouth, goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the privy? 18 But the things which proceed out of the mouth, come forth from the heart, and those things defile a man. 19 For from the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. 20 These are the things that defile a man.

This scripture demonstrates how evil can damn by hurting others.

Matthew 18:7~, ASV, Woe unto the world because of occasions of stumbling! for it must needs be that the occasions come; but woe to that man through whom the occasion cometh! 8 And if thy hand or thy foot causeth thee to stumble, cut it off, ...

Matthew 25:40, And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me.

We need to contemplate this next scripture.  Who is it that Jesus claims kinship with?  Those that believe and have no deeds, or who engage in evil deeds? Or, those who believe and obey the will of God ?!

Mark 3:34, ASV, And looking round on them that sat round about him, he saith, Behold, my mother and my brethren! 35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Luke 6:46, ASV, And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
(see also the verses from 47-49 to get the full gist of what he teaches)

Though self-evident, let's pay attention to the fact that those that have do good come out to a resurrection of life -- deeds are emphasized.

John 5:28, ASV, Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, 29 and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment.
John 14:23, 24, ASV, Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my words: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.

John 15:1-7, ASV, I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh it away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he cleanseth it, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already ye are clean because of the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; so neither can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

15:10,  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Paul on deeds:

Romans 2:5-11, KJV,  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

The discussion in chapter 6:12-23, similarly tells the Christian that sin must not reign in our bodies. (verses 12~)  The body of text is better read on your own.  But, the conclusion should  not escape us - namely, that the wages of sin is death. (v. 23)

In chapter 8:12,13, the above points are forcefully brought home with these words. 
(ASV) So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh: 13 for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
It really cannot be emphasized more strongly than this.  Evil deeds, the works of lawlessness, willful sin, damns truly.
 
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