Jesus wrapped up everything He did on the cross, and put it in a beautiful package, the most powerful, most expensive gift ever given to a human. Nobody can receive this gift any other way except by faith, you must Repent and believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that You believe Jesus came to this earth and did all He said He did. Jesus is the word, so you have to believe (VERB) what the bible says is true, all of it.
Now you have received this beautiful gift from the one true and living God, this is where people get confused, most people take this beautiful package home, set it up on the mantle and brag and show it to everyone and tell them that God Himself gave me that gift, isn't it beautiful. He loves me so much, look what He gave me, but they forget to open the gift, and use what is in it.
What good is an unopened gift, the gift is free, but it takes works to open it up and use what is in it. You cannot open a gift without works. The contents of the gift Jesus gave you, is the works God requires. You were created to do good works. To Believe in Jesus is work, a verb, action. The one who excepts the gift and never uses it, is a disgrace to Jesus. All that He did on the cross, the power He gave you through His blood, the power of eating his flesh, (THE WORD) and drinking His blood, lies within that unopened gift.
Doing the will of God, Loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and loving your neighbor as yourself, are works, they are required to believe in Jesus, because Jesus is the word, and His words say this is what it takes to possess eternal life.
You are saved by faith in Jesus Christ, (Faith Without Works Is Dead), Jesus says in the last days the love of most will grow cold, He says many will fall from the faith, but those who persevere until the end will be saved. This means you must open the package and use what is in it, the love that is in the free gift, you must use it, doing the will of God, until the end, if you are not doing the will of God until the end, you are not using the contents of the free gift.
Works, are not what saves you, the free gift is what saves you, (IF), the most powerful word in the bible, If you open the gift and except it, use it, and keep using it until the end. The word of God is Jesus, it is the contents of that gift, you must eat it, Jesus told His disciples, IF you eat my flesh and drink my blood, (THE WORD) then you will have eternal life. To eat the word means it must become a part of you, His disciples said that is a hard teaching, and many, Jesus said many, turned back and quit following Him, because this teaching was to hard to follow.
He asked the twelve, do you want to leave too? Peter said no Lord, you have the words of eternal life, where would we go. When Jesus left this earth, when He ascended to heaven He left us this command, Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The Nation Of America is lost and dying, because the will of God is not being done outside the four walls of a building.
Definition of Disciple is; “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
I believe the Word of God, (JESUS) is very plain, in what He says.