Hebrews 6:1 (KJV) Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God

Patrick was a believer in Christ Jesus but he still depended on his ability to please God as the basis for his righteousness. Whenever he missed the mark, he felt condemned and rejected. He felt he had lost his right standing with God and God didn’t want to have anything to do with him.

Even though Patrick had repented of sinful works of the flesh, he had not fully repented of dead works because he still trusted in his performance as the basis for his right standing with God. When through a sermon, he discovered that his right standing with God was based solely on the person and sacrifice of Christ, he was free from the spirit of condemnation and could now have a smooth walk with the Lord.

There are two categories of [spiritual] works that men do. There are good works(Ephesians 2:10) and there are dead works(Hebrews 6:1). Good works are a product of the life of God within you. Only God is good(Luke 18:19) and good works can only be done by God and those who are born of God. Dead works are works that do not count before God. After the sacrifice of Jesus, the works of the law became dead works. The works of the flesh are also dead works because they are the product of the satanic nature that we acquired through the fall, and this nature produces death(Romans 8:13).

Many believers understand that the works of the flesh are dead works, but do not understand that the works of the law are also dead works. The works of the law were things that people did in order to obtain righteousness with God.

The ten commandments and the precepts of God cannot be categorized as the works of the law because they were not a means of gaining righteousness with God, they were a code of living for those who have gained righteousness with God through the works(sacrifices) of the law. That principle still applies today for those who have obtained righteousness with God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We are not without law but under the law of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 9:21).

Go into today remembering that now, apart from faith in Christ Jesus, anything a person does in order to earn the righteousness of God is nothing but dead works. Your right standing with God is primarily because of what Christ did for you and your faith in Him as the Lord.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible In One Year: Matthew 5-7 (In Devotional Audio)

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