What Does “do works meet for repentance” Mean?

By David J. Stewart

Acts 26:20, “that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

       Acts 26:20 says, “that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.” The word “meet” in the Greek is axios and means “deserving, comparable or suitable-worthy.” The Bible is saying that we ought to do works worthy of the salvation that we've been freely given in Christ. Scriptural evidence for this teaching is found in 1st Corinthians 6:20, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”

Carefully notice that the Bible does not say to do works to make one worthy of being saved. No one is worthy of salvation. No one! Romans 3:23 declares that all have sinned and come short of God's glory. No one has ever impressed God with their own self-righteousness. We all need the righteousness of Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:33).

Evangelist Lester Roloff beautifully put it this way... “Real repentance is putting your trust in Jesus Christ so you will not live like that anymore.” Departing from a sinful lifestyle is a matter of appreciation for what the Lord has done for us, of obeying God as His child, and not as a condition of saving-faith.

1st Corinthians 3:15 teaches that some believers will receive nothing from the Lord on judgment day....

1st Corinthians 3:15, “If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

Clearly, there will be worldly believers at the Judgment Seat of Christ who will receive no rewards. The Bible plainly teaches that some believers will be saved 'YET SO AS BY FIRE.' In other words, they just made it! Whew!!!

This Scripture plainly evidences that a Christian is not in danger of losing salvation because of continuing sin. 1st Corinthians 5:5 also evidences this truth. Worldly believer's will suffer total loss at the Judgment Seat of Christ, but they will be safe and secure in the promises of God and the everlasting arms of the heavenly Father. Amen!


"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
—2nd Thessalonians 1:8

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