[quote=Singinbeauty]Please let me know the verse reference for this.
As I have stated before… Yes, our works will be judged but not in the way that MOST catholics view it. Our works will be judged for our faith. If we have TRUE faith then our works will reflect this. As Jesus Christ stated in the verse I quoted above (John 14:12) that those who believe in Him will do the same works as He has done. And since we know Jesus to be perfect and holy then that logic follows that the works we do that are the same as His will be holy. Therefore, the faith that we have will bring on the works that Jesus required of us. It’s inevitable as I have said before. So by our TRUE faith we are judged because of the fruits (works) it brings forth.
Philippians 2:12-16 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
This is not a suggestion that we can do anything to merit heaven. Catholics do not believe we can earn our way to heaven. What we do believe is that we can make ourselves either available or unavailable to God’s redeeming grace through a combination of our belief and our efforts.
The way we understand this verse is coupled with how we understand human Free Will, and reject OSAS. Paul does not offer anyone a certainty of salvation. Instead he tells us to always make ourselves open and available to God.
Paul clarifies in the next section:
*Philippians 2:8-14 Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith; that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. **Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. *
Note the subtlety here: Paul says Christ has ALREADY claimed him, but he is still hoping to attain the resurrection “if possible.”