Scripture verses that emphasize the importance of Works
From the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE)

(Genesis 4:7 "If you act rightly, you will be accepted; but if not, sin lies in wait at the door: its urge is for you, yet you can rule over it.")

(Ezekiel 36:26-27 "I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you so that you walk in my statutes, observe my ordinances, and keep them.")

(Matthew 3:8-10 "Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.")

(Matthew 5:48 "So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.")

(Matthew 6:1-4 "[But] take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.")

(Matthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.")

(Matthew 12:33-37 "Either declare the tree good and its fruit is good, or declare the tree rotten and its fruit is rotten, for a tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you say good things when you are evil? For from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks. A good person brings forth good out of a store of goodness, but an evil person brings forth evil out of a store of evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak. By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.")

(Matthew 16:27 "For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father's glory, and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct.")

(Matthew 19:17 "If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.")

(Matthew 23:12 "Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.")

(Matthew 24:13 "But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.")

(Matthew 25:31-46
    "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him.
    And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
    Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
    For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.'
    Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?'
    And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'
    Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.'
    Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?'
    He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.'
    And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.")

(Luke 6:31-34 "Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit [is] that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount.")

(Luke 6:46 "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' but not do what I command?")

(Luke 11:41 "But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.")

(John 3:19-21 "And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God."

(John 3:36 "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him.")

(John 14:15-21 "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.")

    "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
    He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
    You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
    Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.
    I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.
    Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.
    If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
    By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
    As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.
    If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love."
    "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.
    This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
    No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.
    You are my friends if you do what I command you.
    I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
    It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
    This I command you: love one another.")

(Acts 26:20 "On the contrary, first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem and throughout the whole country of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached the need to repent and turn to God, and to do works giving evidence of repentance."

(Romans 2:5-8 "By your stubbornness and impenitent heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself for the day of wrath and revelation of the just judgment of God, who will repay everyone according to his works: eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality through perseverance in good works, but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth and obey wickedness.")

(Romans 2:16 "on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge people's hidden works through Christ Jesus.")

(1 Corinthians 7:19 "Circumcision means nothing, and uncircumcision means nothing; what matters is keeping God's commandments.")

(2 Corinthians 5:10 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.")

(2 Corinthians 13:11 "Finally, brothers, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.")

(Galatians 5:6 "For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.")

(Galatians 5:19-21 "Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.")

(Ephesians 2:10 "For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.")

(Philippians 2:12 "So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.")

(2 Timothy 3:17 "so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.")

(Titus 3:14 "But let our people, too, learn to devote themselves to good works to supply urgent needs, so that they may not be unproductive.")

(James 1:17 "all good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.")

(James 1:22-24 "Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror. He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like.")

(James 2:17 "So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.")

(James 2:19-20 "You believe that God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble. Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless?")

(James 2:22 "You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works,")

(James 2:24 "See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.")

(1 Peter 2:21 "For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.")

(2 Peter 2:20-21 "For if they, having escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of [our] Lord and savior Jesus Christ, again become entangled and overcome by them, their last condition is worse than their first.")

(1 John 2:4 "Whoever says, "I know him," but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.")

(1 John 3:18 "Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.")

(1 John 4:21 "This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.")

(Revelation 14:12-13 "Here is what sustains the holy ones who keep God's commandments and their faith in Jesus. I heard a voice from heaven say, 'Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.' 'Yes,' said the Spirit, 'let them find rest from their labors, for their works accompany them.'")

(Revelation 20:12 "I saw the dead, the great and the lowly, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened. Then another scroll was opened, the book of life. The dead were judged according to their deeds, by what was written in the scrolls.")

Our Savior made no exceptions when He told us to love one another.
You who call yourself a Christian,
do you live according to His word?
  • We are initially justified only by the grace of God and we will be saved by obeying God's commands. (Acts 15:11, Matthew 7:21, Matthew 19:17)
  • We will be saved only by God's grace, which will enable us to have faith in God, which in turn, will work only through love. (Galatians 5:6)
  • Our love of God requires us to preform good works, which are expected of us by God, who gives us help in the form of His grace to preform them. (1 John 3:23, James 4:17, Ephesians 2:10)
  • So, without God's grace we are helpless to save ourselves. (James 1:17)
  • This is why the Apostle James emphasizes that: faith devoid of charity and good works is a dead faith. (James 2:17)
  • Jesus warns us not to fail to preform goods works. (Matthew 25:45, Luke 6:46, John 3:36)
  • The apostle Peter warns us that the penalty for disobeying or defying God is condemnation. (2 Peter 2:4, Revelation 12:9)
Also: How are we saved? and The Reformers’ Distorted View of Salvation