... Does that mean we are saved by works after all? Were the Reformers wrong? No, it is a statement of the necessity of works following faith - if we are truly regenerate. It means that there is an unbreakable link between what we think and what we do. Those who are born again think differently than those who are not, precisely because they have been regenerated; regenerated people will begin to live out the superior moral life of Christ. No one believes on Christ who has not been given a new nature, and although that new nature does not show itself completely all at once, if we are justified, we have it and it will increasingly express itself in forgiveness and of and service to others, just as God has forgiven and done good to us. We are not justified by works. But if we do not do good works, we are not justified. We are not Christians.
I repeat... "It means that there is an unbreakable link between what we think and what we do."
2006 with Daughters and NiecesOr to quote my niece, "Sanctification may begin with an intellectual acknowledgement but it must end in practical obedience ... or our faith never was true faith."