JUSTIFIED BY FAITH!
"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified." Galatians 2:16
AT HIS TABLE:
This really comes down to the difference between Catchweed-Bedstraw and plain old briars. WORKS vs. FAITH is very similar to these two weeds. Catchweed-Bedstraw can be easily removed after they attach themselves to us, but Briars are not so easily taken away. The same applies to works and faith. Works are easily forgotten, and have no power towards justification, and even God calls all of our works filthy rags, while faith stays with us and opens the doors for us to be justified in Christ Jesus.
Our faith is stronger, it is meant to stick to Jesus and cleave to him, not being easily moved. Maybe this is where the inventors of Velcro started, the idea that a briar sticks with all of its might to the object that it brushes up next to. Do you have a list of good works that you have done so far in your life? Are you expecting that this will matter when it comes time to go to heaven? Friends forget about your good works, they will not matter when the time comes, like Catchweed-Bedstraw they are a weed that has no staying power and will quickly be forgotten. No flesh is justified by good works. It is our faith that will be remembered and placed before Jesus when the time comes. What kind of faith? Enduring faith, faith that sticks to Jesus and is not easily removed.
'For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written. The just shall live by faith." Romans 1:17 Have faith in God that sticks to him like briars to a cloth, not letting go, not easily removed.
STICK TO JESUS LIKE BRIARS!