GOOD WORKS IS NOT A PREREQUISITE FOR SALVATION. BEAR IN MIND THAT WE WERE STILL WICKED AND UNRIGHTEOUS WHEN GOD JUSTIFIED US AND MADE US RIGHTEOUS BY FAITH IN CHRIST.
(Rom 4:5) “However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.”
YOU SEE, SALVATION IS A GIFT FROM GOD AND THEREFORE, IT IS BY HIS GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. (Eph 2:8-9) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
HOWEVER, AFTER WE ARE SAVED AND BECAME GOD’S WORKMANSHIP CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS AND NOW PART OF HIS NEW CREATION, GOD IN HIS WISDOM ALSO PREPARED GOOD WORKS FOR US TO DO.
(Eph 2:10) For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
IN DOING THE GOOD WORKS THAT GOD PREPARED FOR US TO DO, HE ALSO GIVES US THE WILLINGNESS AND THE EMPOWERMENT TO ACCOMPLISH IT. (Php 2:13) “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”
GOOD WORKS IS THE FRUIT OF SALVATION AND NOT THE ROOT OF IT!