Lewis Bayly on justification by faith alone and the necessity of good works

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From the doctrine of justification by faith only, a carnal Christian gathers, that good works are not necessary. He commends others that do good works, but he persuades himself that he shall be saved by his faith, without doing any such matter. But he should know, that though good works are not necessary to justification, yet they are necessary to salvation: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath predestinated that we should walk in them.” (Eph. ii. 10.)

Whosoever, therefore, in years of discretion, brings not forth good works after he is called, he cannot be saved; neither was he ever predestinated to life eternal (Fulk. Rhem. Test. Annot. in Eph. ii. 2.) Therefore the Scripture saith, that Christ will reward every man according to his works (Rom. ii. 6; 2 Cor. ix. 6; Rev. xxii. 12.) Christ respects in the angels of the seven churches nothing but their works (Rev. ii. 6 and at the last day he will give the heavenly inheritance only to them who have done good works—in feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, &c. At that day righteousness shall wear the crown (Matt. xxv.; 2 Tim. iv. 8.) No righteousness, no crown—no good works, according to a man’s talent, no reward from God, unless it be vengeance (Rom. ii. 8.) ...

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