Romans 4:13-17: The Distinction Between Faith & Works

by Dale Partridge

How should faith and works relate to one another? And if we’re saved by faith, what role do works play? Our works are not the means to procuring the promise of God through Christ. Faith is.

Many Christians have blurred the line between faith and works, and need to see that there are dramatic distinctions between these two things. Faith is a gift of God, and the Christian’s work is something that God has prepared for us because we have been saved by faith. We must have a faith that is desirous of good works, one that says “I long to do the will of my Father because He first loved me and saved me.”

In this episode of Real Christianity, pastor Dale Partridge talks about the distinction between faith and works, and how we should push fellow Christians to do good works, without it becoming legalism.

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Scripture References

  • Romans 4:13-17

    ‘For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. ‘

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