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yet genuine faith does not remain (alone) apart from the presence of works.

Then you don't believe genuine faith is necessary for salvation to occur--because the faith alone preach one is saved through a faith without works.


So--if "genuine faith" isn't alone--what works are you claiming is added to that faith in obtaining salvation?
 
Then you don't believe genuine faith is necessary for salvation to occur--because the faith alone preach one is saved through a faith without works.
That is a scripturally uninformed characterization because there is no salvation apart from the faith of Christ, the true Christ rather a than a false christ of a cult.
So--if "genuine faith" isn't alone--what works are you claiming is added to that faith in obtaining salvation?
There are no works added to a, "genuine faith," because works are a result of the faith of Christ, or as James puts it works are a result of being begotten by the will of the true God rather than the will of man or a false god.

“Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” (Jam 1:18, KJVA)

The predestination sickness which the cult members experience only finds it's remedy in the person and work of the true Christ rather than gazing at their own navels or the navels of others.
 
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"Gazing at navels"? Sounds like something left over from the hippie era, when we were told to "contemplate our navels" for spiritual enlightenment. :)

James isn't about faith vs. works, but a living faith vs. a dead faith. A faith that is intellectual but not spiritual will not produce fruits. Only a true and living, spiritual faith will result in doing good works, since the person will then have been made a new creation and WANT to do acts of love out of love for Jesus Christ.
 
"Gazing at navels"? Sounds like something left over from the hippie era, when we were told to "contemplate our navels" for spiritual enlightenment. :)
It is a saying which Dr. Rosenbladt sometimes uses in public speech. If he uses the Latin phrase to express how sin curves or turns the individual towards self or inward he always explains it in English. Talking about gazing or examining one's navel is another aid in ensuring the understanding of the audience.

If he hadn't already done it then he will turn the listener's attention outward towards Christ and placard Him before them.
 
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Hello @dberrie2020, we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, apart from anything that 'we' do, save believing (though even our ability to choose to "believe" in Him is a "gift" from Him, the gift of "saving faith", that is, that we exercise when we choose to believe .. e.g. Ephesians 2:8).

That said, while we are born again, saved and justified by God APART from works (works that 'we' do, that is), He also makes into wholly "new creatures" in Christ .. 2 Corinthians 5:17 as "His workmanship" (or "masterpiece"), "FOR/UNTO good works", holy living, etc.

As others have also said, our works are the RESULT or FRUIT of our salvation, NEVER the cause of it (nor are our good deeds/holy living the reason that we remain saved).

Ephesians 2
8 By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus FOR/UNTO good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Finally, while our works (what we do and say, and even how we think) are not what save us ~or~ keep us saved (as I just said), they are perhaps the best ongoing indicator of where we stand before God in our daily walk with Him .. e.g. Galatians 5:19-21 ~vs~ Galatians 5:22-23, as well an indicator of whether we truly are or are not saved!! (IOW, if the life of someone who claims/believes themselves to be Christian looks less and less like v19-21 above, and more and more like v22-23, then I believe that they can trust that they are who they claim to be) :)

~Deuteronomy
p.s. - finally, justification by faith alone is a bit of a misnomer because, while it is true that we are justified/saved apart from what 'we' do (good works, holy living, etc.), we are hardly saved apart from works of any kind. Rather, God's gracious choice to save us is based upon the meritorious works that the Lord Jesus Christ did for us, IOW, by both His death on the Cross (in our stead), and by the perfectly righteous life that He lived before His Father (on our behalf), the perfectly righteous life that we were supposed to/needed to live before Him, but could not!!

Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ is our only holiness, our only righteousness, and the only atonement and satisfaction for our sins and the Father's wrath.

John 5
24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, ~has~ eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”
2 Corinthians 5
21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


"We are justified by faith alone, but the faith that justifies is never alone" ~John Calvin
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That is a scripturally uninformed characterization because there is no salvation apart from the faith of Christ, the true Christ rather a than a false christ of a cult.

There are no works added to a, "genuine faith," because works are a result of the faith of Christ, or as James puts it works are a result of being begotten by the will of the true God rather than the will of man or a false god.

James never said any such thing.

James explains that doing good works of love ARE our faith.

Believers are saved FROM our old way of life to do the good works of God so that they might be saved on that day when all men will be impartially judged by works.

“Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” (Jam 1:18, KJVA)

The predestination sickness which the cult members experience only finds it's remedy in the person and work of the true Christ rather than gazing at their own navels or the navels of others.
 
James never said any such thing.

James explains that doing good works of love ARE our faith.

Believers are saved FROM our old way of life to do the good works of God so that they might be saved on that day when all men will be impartially judged by works.
Of course James said that. Here is the way he prefaces what some people misunderstand because they don't recognize or acknowledge the context.

“17. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 19. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” (Jam 1:17-19, KJV)

It plainly says we are begotten by His. That means we are not begotten by our will.

The intended end, purpose, or result for which we are begotten by His will is to be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.

The fruit of a tree reproductively bears the marks of the tree from it is begotten, for example, the fruit of an apple tree bears apples, the fruit of a pecan tree bears pecans, etc.

Again looking at James one, the contrast is clear. Sin is the fruit of the old man and good works is the fruit of the new man. Therefore, let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, etc.
 
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Believers are saved FROM our old way of life to do the good works of God so that they might be saved on that day when all men will be impartially judged by works.
Might be saved?

Are you saying you won't know if you're saved until the white throne judgement?
How does that work? Does God have a scale....and puts your good works on one side and bad works on the other side and watches to see which way it tips?
 
Might be saved?

Are you saying you won't know if you're saved until the white throne judgement?
How does that work? Does God have a scale....and puts your good works on one side and bad works on the other side and watches to see which way it tips?

Hard to believe you would even ask. There are dozens of verses which explain this. Apparently, you don't know anything about them. Here's one to get you started:

But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the Day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who will render to each person according to his works. 7 To those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality: eternal life. 8 But to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation, 9 tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil.... 11 For there is no partiality with God... 16 in the Day when God will judge the hidden things of men through Jesus Christ according to my Gospel.
Romans 2
 
Of course James said that. Here is the way he prefaces what some people misunderstand because they don't recognize or acknowledge the context.

“17. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. 19. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” (Jam 1:17-19, KJV)

It plainly says we are begotten by His. That means we are not begotten by our will.

The intended end, purpose, or result for which we are begotten by His will is to be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.

The fruit of a tree reproductively bears the marks of the tree from it is begotten, for example, the fruit of an apple tree bears apples, the fruit of a pecan tree bears pecans, etc.

Again looking at James one, the contrast is clear. Sin is the fruit of the old man and good works is the fruit of the new man. Therefore, let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, etc.

So what?

Again:

James explains that doing good works of love ARE our faith.

Believers are saved FROM our old way of life to do the good works of God so that they might be saved on that day when all men will be impartially judged by works. A man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
 
Hard to believe you would even ask. There are dozens of verses which explain this. Apparently, you don't know anything about them. Here's one to get you started:
Oh how your arrogance continues.
But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the Day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who will render to each person according to his works. 7 To those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality: eternal life. 8 But to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation, 9 tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil.... 11 For there is no partiality with God... 16 in the Day when God will judge the hidden things of men through Jesus Christ according to my Gospel.
Romans 2
You do understand that the Bible speaks of two judgements?

Then again your know-it-all arrogant attitude may have hidden that from you.
 
So what you previously denied is a true statement, namely, "There are no works added to a, "genuine faith," because works are a result of the faith of Christ, or as James puts it works are a result of being begotten by the will of the true God rather than the will of man or a false god."

In other words, you have rightly, though tacitly, conceded the point through the response of, "So what?" The reason being is that is a concession of the temporal sequence which James lays out.

According to God's will He begets His children with the word of truth, that is, the word of Jesus, the Christ. His children consequently, or as a result, express that faith in a way which other men can see the Christian's faith, the Christian's Lord God and Savior, Jesus, the Christ through their works.

If that seems like an unusual understanding of faith to some people then the cause may be that they have been conditioned to read the genitive plus faith pairs in Scripture as only a subjective genitive rather than as an objective genitive or both.

For example, consider Jesus saying your faith has healed or saved you in Luke, “And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.” (Luk 18:42, KJV)

It is an error to read that passage in such a way as to exclude it from being an objective genitive, that is, to exclude the object of his faith, Jesus, as that which or who has healed or saved him. (The context indicates that it is also to be understood as a subjective genitive since there is a previous expression of his faith in Christ.)

Faith in and of itself doesn't have the power to heal or save. For example, the guy who believes he will have another beer and the guy who believes Jesus is a roast beef sandwich both have faith, but the object of their faith doesn't have the power to heal or save.

Again:

James explains that doing good works of love ARE our faith.
At best, that is an ambiguos assertion. Because it is offered in isolation and is not tied to any specific passage there isn't anything definitive by which a person can understand your intended meaning of the genitive.
Believers are saved FROM our old way of life to do the good works of God so that they might be saved on that day when all men will be impartially judged by works. A man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
According to Scripture, Jesus came to save sinners, 1Tim. 1:15. He came to save people, all people. That is more than, "Believers," and more than, "FROM our old way of life." The idea that Jesus saved people so that they can save themselves is alien to Scripture.

The Christian's healing or salvation encompasses much more than not being condemned on that day. For example, they are the body of Christ, they are saved to good works that benefit others, Ephesians 2:1-10.

Don't confuse justification before men, "I will show you ..So you see...," James 2, with being received as justified before God unto eternal life through faith on account of Christ.
 
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So what you previously denied is a true statement, namely, "There are no works added to a, "genuine faith," because works are a result of the faith of Christ, or as James puts it works are a result of being begotten by the will of the true God rather than the will of man or a false god."

Once again this is quite irrelevant to the point. Are you even listening?

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

James is talking about these works when he says "a man is justified by works and not by faith alone."

In other words, you have rightly, though tacitly, conceded the point through the response of, "So what?" The reason being is that is a concession of the temporal sequence which James lays out.

According to God's will He begets His children with the word of truth, that is, the word of Jesus, the Christ. His children consequently, or as a result, express that faith in a way which other men can see the Christian's faith, the Christian's Lord God and Savior, Jesus, the Christ through their works.

James is nowhere talking about proving your faith to other men.

If that seems like an unusual understanding of faith to some people then the cause may be that they have been conditioned to read the genitive plus faith pairs in Scripture as only a subjective genitive rather than as an objective genitive or both.

For example, consider Jesus saying your faith has healed or saved you in Luke, “And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.” (Luk 18:42, KJV)

It is an error to read that passage in such a way as to exclude it from being an objective genitive, that is, to exclude the object of his faith, Jesus, as that which or who has healed or saved him. (The context indicates that it is also to be understood as a subjective genitive since there is a previous expression of his faith in Christ.)

Faith in and of itself doesn't have the power to heal or save. For example, the guy who believes he will have another beer and the guy who believes Jesus is a roast beef sandwich both have faith, but the object of their faith doesn't have the power to heal or save.


At best, that is an ambiguos assertion. Because it is offered in isolation and is not tied to any specific passage there isn't anything definitive by which a person can understand your intended meaning of the genitive.

According to Scripture, Jesus came to save sinners, 1Tim. 1:15. He came to save people, all people. That is more than, "Believers," and more than, "FROM our old way of life." The idea that Jesus saved people so that they can save themselves is alien to Scripture.

The Christian's healing or salvation encompasses much more than not being condemned on that day. For example, they are the body of Christ, they are saved to good works that benefit others, Ephesians 2:1-10.

Don't confuse justification before men, "I will show you ..So you see...," James 2, with being received as justified before God unto eternal life through faith on account of Christ.

Believers don't care if they are justified before men. The approval or disapproval of men means nothing to them. They are only concerned about the approval of God. Did you learn nothing from Jesus?

James is talking about what believers must do to be saved/justified on Judgment day when all men will be impartially judged by works as the Bible plainly, repeatedly, and consistently declares.

12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. 14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?... a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
 
Once again this is quite irrelevant to the point. Are you even listening?
Yes, but it seems you are not. Otherwise, you wouldn't refute your own assertion by quoting from Eph 2 below.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

James is talking about these works when he says "a man is justified by works and not by faith alone."
The claim you are making regarding Eph 2 overlooks or denies the first seven verses. God makes those who were dead in their trespasses and sins alive with Christ. For by grace, the unmerited favor depicted in vss 1-7, are you saved. Now comes verse 8ff.

A person is not more saved or more justified before God on account of the the consequent works which God has prepared in advance for them to do. Instead the consequent or resultant works which Christians walk in are only Christians being Christians, that is, first fruits being first fruits, see also James 1.
James is nowhere talking about proving your faith to other men.
It is about walking in the works which God has prepared for them to walk in rather than proof of their faith.

The assertion in the box above also denies what James actually wrote. Follow the pronouns. "Show me your....I will show you ..So you see..." James 2.
Believers don't care if they are justified before men. The approval or disapproval of men means nothing to them. They are only concerned about the approval of God. Did you learn nothing from Jesus?
The logic of that assertion is faulty. God raised Christ from the dead. That is His stamp of approval on His person and work for all men. That we are reckoned justified on His account through faith in Him is how we are received as approved or justified by God unto eternal life.

To say that Christians don't care if they are justified before men is to say that they don't care about the works prepared in advance which God has created them to walk in and not love their neighbor.

God is love, agape. God is not love, eros, a self interested love. This is why Paul wrote that the fulfillment of the law is loving your neighbor as yourself. “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Gal 5:14, KJV)
James is talking about what believers must do to be saved/justified on Judgment day when all men will be impartially judged by works as the Bible plainly, repeatedly, and consistently declares.
That is an out of context false interpretation. We know this from the immediate context, for example, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (Jam 1:25, KJV)

And we know it is false through the plain words of Christ. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (Joh 5:24, KJV)

The verbs in bold tell the story, "hath or has," "and, "shall," are present tense indicatives, ongoing actions, and, "is passed," is a completed action with an existing result. The one that hears Jesus words and believes the one that sent Him will not come into judgement PERIOD. Why? Because he is passed, a completed action, from death to life.
12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.
The law of liberty isn't to be confused with the law of Moses or the law written in all men's hearts. Through the latter two is the knowledge of sin rather than freedom or liberty from sin and death. There is no forgiveness of sins according to the latter two.

Again, to speak and do according to the law of liberty or freedom is speak and do according to the new life into which they were begotten by God, see James 1.
13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. 14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?... a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
Since you introduced Eph 2 it should be obvious what James is saying, although it is in different words. It is a false notion of faith to say one has it, Christ, apart from the works which God has prepared in advance for him to do. Can that false notion of faith, that false notion of Christ, which has no works save him?

If you find this an unusual interpretation then listen further to James who continues to explain and exhort in the same manner when he writes, “Who is wise and knowing among you? Let him show his works by his good behavior, in meekness of wisdom.” (Jam 3:13, LITV)

The Christian who is made wise and knowing by God shows the works which God has prepared for him in advance to do by by his good behavior, in meekness of wisdom.

Again in like manner, to do otherwise is to demonstrate that the purported wisdom is not from God. “14. But if you have bitter jealousy and contention in your heart, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15. This is not the wisdom coming down from above, but is earthly, beastly, devilish.” (Jam 3:14-15, LITV)
 
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Might be saved?

Are you saying you won't know if you're saved until the white throne judgement?
How does that work? Does God have a scale....and puts your good works on one side and bad works on the other side and watches to see which way it tips?
1 John 5:11 - And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
 
Then you don't believe genuine faith is necessary for salvation to occur--because the faith alone preach one is saved through a faith without works.

So--if "genuine faith" isn't alone--what works are you claiming is added to that faith in obtaining salvation?
I absolutely do believe that genuine faith is necessary for salvation to occur and faith that saves trusts in Jesus Christ alone for salvation and not in works. (Romans 4:5-6; 11:6; Ephesians 2:8,9; Philippians 3:9) Man is saved "apart" from the merit of works (God imputes righteousness "apart" from works - Romans 4:6) yet genuine faith does not remain alone "apart from the presence of works." (James 2:14-24)

Man is saved through faith and not by works (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; 2 Timothy 1:9); yet genuine faith is evidenced by works. (James 2:14-24)

Christ saves us through faith based on the merits of His finished work of redemption "alone" and not based on the merits of our works.

It is through faith "in Christ alone" (and not based on the merits of our works) that we are justified on account of Christ (Romans 3:24; 5:1; 5:9); yet the faith that justifies does not remain alone (unfruitful, barren) if it is genuine (James 2:14-24). *Perfect Harmony*
 
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Yes, but it seems you are not. Otherwise, you wouldn't refute your own assertion by quoting from Eph 2 below.

The claim you are making regarding Eph 2 overlooks or denies the first seven verses. God makes those who were dead in their trespasses and sins alive with Christ. For by grace, the unmerited favor depicted in vss 1-7, are you saved. Now comes verse 8ff.

A person is not more saved or more justified before God on account of the the consequent works which God has prepared in advance for them to do. Instead the consequent or resultant works which Christians walk in are only Christians being Christians, that is, first fruits being first fruits, see also James 1.

It is about walking in the works which God has prepared for them to walk in rather than proof of their faith.

The assertion in the box above also denies what James actually wrote. Follow the pronouns. "Show me your....I will show you ..So you see..." James 2.

The logic of that assertion is faulty. God raised Christ from the dead. That is His stamp of approval on His person and work for all men. That we are reckoned justified on His account through faith in Him is how we are received as approved or justified by God unto eternal life.

To say that Christians don't care if they are justified before men is to say that they don't care about the works prepared in advance which God has created them to walk in and not love their neighbor.

God is love, agape. God is not love, eros, a self interested love. This is why Paul wrote that the fulfillment of the law is loving your neighbor as yourself. “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Gal 5:14, KJV)

That is an out of context false interpretation. We know this from the immediate context, for example, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (Jam 1:25, KJV)

And we know it is false through the plain words of Christ. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (Joh 5:24, KJV)

The verbs in bold tell the story, "hath or has," "and, "shall," are present tense indicatives, ongoing actions, and, "is passed," is a completed action with an existing result. The one that hears Jesus words and believes the one that sent Him will not come into judgement PERIOD. Why? Because he is passed, a completed action, from death to life.

The law of liberty isn't to be confused with the law of Moses or the law written in all men's hearts. Through the latter two is the knowledge of sin rather than freedom or liberty from sin and death. There is no forgiveness of sins according to the latter two.

Again, to speak and do according to the law of liberty or freedom is speak and do according to the new life into which they were begotten by God, see James 1.

Since you introduced Eph 2 it should be obvious what James is saying, although it is in different words. It is a false notion of faith to say one has it, Christ, apart from the works which God has prepared in advance for him to do. Can that false notion of faith, that false notion of Christ, which has no works save him?

If you find this an unusual interpretation then listen further to James who continues to explain and exhort in the same manner when he writes, “Who is wise and knowing among you? Let him show his works by his good behavior, in meekness of wisdom.” (Jam 3:13, LITV)

The Christian who is made wise and knowing by God shows the works which God has prepared for him in advance to do by by his good behavior, in meekness of wisdom.

Again in like manner, to do otherwise is to demonstrate that the purported wisdom is not from God. “14. But if you have bitter jealousy and contention in your heart, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15. This is not the wisdom coming down from above, but is earthly, beastly, devilish.” (Jam 3:14-15, LITV)

When the Bible says you will be IMPARTIALLY judged by works, do you not understand what that word means?
 
When the Bible says you will be IMPARTIALLY judged by works, do you not understand what that word means?
I like that you emphasized the word impartially because the non condemnation of the Christian is based upon the work of Christ rather than the work of the individual Christian.

Remember the publican who pled the sacrifice rather than anything he did? Jesus said he went home justified or righteous.
13. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful [propitious or atoned] to me a sinner. 14. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luk 18:13-14, KJVA)

As Paul tells us, that the publican was humble is the work of God. “29. That no flesh should glory in his [God's] presence. 30. But of him [God] are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31. That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (1Cor 1:29-31, KJVA)

Our salvation is God's work from beginning to end. He promised the Christ, delivered Him unto the cross for the sins of the world, and raised Him for our justification or righteousness. He delivers that message of Him to men through the gospel, places us in Him in baptism, and gives us His body and blood given and she'd for the forgiveness of sins in the Lord's Supper.
 
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I like that you emphasized the word impartially because the non condemnation of the Christian is based upon the work of Christ rather than the work of the individual Christian.

Remember the publican who pled the sacrifice rather than anything he did? Jesus said he went home justified or righteous.
13. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful [propitious or atoned] to me a sinner. 14. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luk 18:13-14, KJVA)

As Paul tells us, that the publican was humble is the work of God. “29. That no flesh should glory in his [God's] presence. 30. But of him [God] are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31. That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (1Cor 1:29-31, KJVA)

Our salvation is God's work from beginning to end. He promised the Christ, delivered Him unto the cross for the sins of the world, and raised Him for our justification or righteousness. He delivers that message of Him to men through the gospel, places us in Him in baptism, and gives us His body and blood given and she'd for the forgiveness of sins in the Lord's Supper.

The Bible still says you will be impartially judged by works whether you are a born again believer or not.
 
The Bible still says you will be impartially judged by works whether you are a born again believer or not.
From dictionary<dot>com
Impartial:
adjective
not partial or biased; fair; just:an impartial judge.

The just Judge will not forsake or condemn Himself. “31. What then shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32. Truly He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not freely give us all things with Him? 33. Who will bring any charge against God's elect? God is the One justifying! 34. Who is he condemning? It is Christ who has died, but rather also is raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” (Rom 8:31-34, LITV)

The baptized Christian's sins were judged in their baptism into Christ who took the sins of the world upon Himself at the cross.

“3. Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4. Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6. knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7. for he who has died is freed from sin.” (Rom 6:3-7, NASB)

The works which the baptized Christians do are Christ's works. “12. So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13. for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Phili 2:12-13, NASB)
 
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