Thanks for the question.
Sure. But nobody has yet seemed able to understand what I mean. Here’s what both of the statements tell us, when combined.
We are not justified by our works. But unless we do good works in accordance with God’s will, God won’t justify us.
Is there any verse(s) that sometimes gets pulled out of context?
All of them. Here’s the first context that is frequently forgotten.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Therefore, all the Apostles were obediently Teaching what Jesus commanded.
CCC#83 The Tradition here in question comes from the apostles and hands on what they received from Jesus’ teaching and example and what they learned from the Holy Spirit. The first generation of Christians did not yet have a written New Testament, and the New Testament itself demonstrates the process of living Tradition.
Conclusion, we must read all Scripture in the light of Sacred Tradition.
So? To which Sacred Tradition or Teaching is St. Paul making reference when he says?
** For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.**
and we are therefore said to be justified gratuitously, because none of those things that precede justification, whether faith or works, merit the grace of justification. (Trent VI, Chapter VIII).
So, does that mean that the Church Teaches by infallible Doctrine that we are justified by faith alone? No. Because the very same document says:
If anyone says that the sinner is justified by faith alone, meaning that nothing else is required to cooperate in order to obtain the grace of justification, and that it is not in any way necessary that he be prepared and disposed by the action of his own will, let him be anathema.
So, what does it mean? We can go to the same document for the answer:
If anyone says that man can be justified before God by his own works, whether done by his own natural powers or through the teaching of the law, without divine grace through Jesus Christ, let him be anathema.
So, when a Protestant says, “I’m saved! I’m saved because of my faith in Christ alone by faith alone!” He is probably wrong and probably committing the sin of presumption.
and if a Catholic should say, “I’m saved because I followed the prescriptions of the Nine First Fridays.” But Catholics know better than to say such a thing.
Catholics know that it is only in God’s eyes that our faith or our works are good enough to MERIT the grace of justification or salvation. He imbues our faith and works with value, because of His love for us.
Follow me, so far?
Next, the context of Scripture.