After laying the foundation for our faith in Christ in the preceding chapters, Paul now sets about to address our Christian duties and service. Christians do have their appointed works and tasks to perform and there is nothing wrong this. We discovered in the previous chapters that trusting in our human works is the one thing that will separate us from Christ so many find this subject of works to be very confusing. The best way to reconcile good works from bad works is that under the true gospel all of our works are non-meritorious which simply means they contribute nothing towards our standing with God or our Salvation. We are no better if we perform them and no worse if we don’t. Under all false gospels our works are meritorious which means they do contribute towards our standing with God and our Salvation. The more works and deeds we perform the higher we go and the less we perform the lower we go. This is the easiest way to tell the true gospel from all false gospels. Under the true gospel everything necessary for our Salvation is already accomplished and finished in Christ so our service to Christ is simply out of love and gratitude. Under all false gospels Christ’s work is never finished so we have to finish it by ‘earning’ our place at the table. As long as good deeds are maintained, our self-righteousness is maintained which is the lie as old as time.