Posted by: SandreS | June 11, 2010

Freedom from “Dead Works”

How much more shall the blood of Christ … purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:14).

The “works” referred to here are not “wicked works (as in Colossians 1:21), but “dead works.” The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ not only frees us from “evil” works, but from the “good” works of religion as well. These “dead works” are “good works” which do not spring forth from the life of God. They are not “divine service” (CLNT). They are not the fruit of divine life; rather, they are simply lifeless. Religion is filled with such works.

Note carefully in the verse the contrast between “dead” works and the “living” God. The “living God” changes our dead-men-working into a divine-dependence upon Him. His organic life in us makes us our Father’s vessels of mercy, His channels of blessing and grace.

That He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had before prepared unto glory (Romans 9:23).

Glorious indeed! Live in the full and free expression of Father’s life, rejoicing that even our consciences are cleansed from the dead, lifeless works of religion.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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