WHAT ARE “DEAD WORKS”? Part 1
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
What are “dead works”? Dead works are the works of our hands. These are works of selfrighteousness, aimed at earning God’s favor and approval instead of giving Him praise and glory. They are “dead works” because God has been pleased already through the One Man, Jesus Christ’s obedience. And there’s nothing Man can, or will ever do to please God more than what Christ did at the cross over 2000 years ago. All that Man is left with to do is to believe in Jesus Christ, and His complete work for him. All of our labors are useless, and thus dead, if they do not point to the worship of God.
Any significance and esteem we attain from our labor apart from the end of it bringing God glory and establishing His rule upon the earth is misplaced. Such godless labor may appear good to us and even receive the applause of others, but heaven finds it repulsive and defiled by sin. In other words, unless we have been washed in the blood of Christ, all our good deeds are worthless, useless, vain, and dead. Our deeds ought to reflect and exalt the Finished Work of Christ.
Dead works are lethal because the thing that most keeps people from Christ is the belief that they can be good without Him. Their lives may be filled with good deeds in the eyes of men, but such works are not necessarily good in the eyes of God. Unfortunately, many have been led astray by the church, as preachers and teachers have told them that the gospel is what they do. Live right. Eat right. Give right. Die right. The truth, however, is that only faith in Christ matters—everything else is sin without faith (Romans. 14:23).
Therefore beloved saints, beware of “dead works”, your giving might be a “dead work”, your commitment might be a “dead work”, your charity might just be a “dead work”, and you know what…? Even your prayers might be a “dead work”. What is the motive behind your doing what you do? Are you ministering to backhander God’s response to give you what you want, or your ministry flows out of love and gratitude because of what the Lord has done for you? Change your motive as you minister, because the only difference between good works and dead works is motive, but their facade is identical. Hallelujah!
I Love You!
Loving Father, teach us Your way today, and reveal Your heart to us that we shall know how to receive from You based on what You have done for the world through Jesus Christ. Thank You for having accepted us to be Your beloved in the Beloved. We give Thee all the Glory, Honour, and Praise. Amen.