Salvation by Works:
What saith the Scripture?

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"No one can merit the initial grace which is at the origin of conversion. Moved by the Holy Spirit, we can then merit for ourselves and for others all the graces needed to attain eternal life, as well as necessary temporal goods." (Catechism, p 490, para 2027)

"...and to obtain the joy of heaven, as God's eternal reward for the good works accomplished..." (Catechism, p 448  para 1821)

"The Church carries out the office of sanctification ... the Christian ... by works of penance and charity ... greatly help(s) to root and strengthen the kingdom of Christ in souls and contribute to the salvation of the world." (Code of Canon Law, Can. 839)

"For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9)

"The just shall live by faith." (Romans 1:17; 2:4; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38; Habakkuk 2:4)

"I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, relies on, and has faith in Me] has (now possesses} eternal life." [John 6:47, Amplified Bible Commentary]

"How earnestly I tell you this -- anyone who believes in me already has eternal life." [The Catholic Living Bible -- The Living Bible: With Deuterocanonical Books, Tyndale House Publishers, Nihil Obstat: Rev Lawrence A. Gollner, Censor Librorum; Imprimatur: Leo A. Pursely, Bishop of Fort Wayne]

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift [a gift is unearned] of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23

"For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth [not believes and earns] on him shall not be ashamed." Romans 10:9-11

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