In commending good works, John Colquhoun adds this important warning:
Believers are not saved either by their works, for their works, or according to their works:
We are not saved by them: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us." (Titus 3:5)
We are not saved for them. "It is not for your sake do I this, saith the Lord God, be it known unto you" (Ezekiel 36:32)
We are not saved according to them. "He hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace." (2 Timothy 1:9) Men are indeed to be judged according to their works; but are not to be saved according to them. The rule of judgement will be the law; but the rule of salvation will be the gospel.