Q. What is the full story about good works? I know Paul says in Romans 3, “there is none that doeth good”. I’ve also heard preachers talk how our works are as “filthy rags” before God. I know good works are completely out of the salvation equation, but was a little confused about how their can be good works if there is “none that doeth good”, and they are like “filthy rags”.
A. According to my understanding, the only good works a believer can do are those directed by the Lord according to His will and performed in His strength. In John 15:5 Jesus said apart from Him we can do nothing. He was talking about our works.