THE BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF "WORKS" 2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive THE THINGS DONE IN HIS BODY, according to that he hath done, whether it be GOOD OR BAD. Ec 12:14 For God shall bring EVERY WORK into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be GOOD, or whether it be EVIL. Jude 1:15 ¶ To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their UNGODLY DEEDS which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. In the above three texts, the same day of judgement is in view. In the above three texts the words "the things done in his body" and "every work" and "deeds" are all synonyms for the same thing. Hence, the Biblical definition of "works" is inclusive of all "the things done in your body." These are your "deeds." Hence, there is no difference between "the deeds of the law" versus "the works of the law" as the terms "deeds" and "works" are synonyms of the same thing "the things done in his body." What determines whether "the things done in his body" is "good" or "evil..bad" on judgement day? 1. Your Conscience determines good and bad - Rom. 2:14-15. 2. The Law of God determines good and bad - Rom. 2:11-13 3. The "gospel" of Christ determines good and bad - Rom. 2:16 For the "heathen" who are without the written revelation God will judge "the things done in his body" according to how he violated the law of his conscience: Rom. 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another For the "Jews" and all others who have been exposed to the written Law of God, God will judge "the things done in his body" according to the law's definition of right and wrong. However, the supreme standard of right and wrong will be the gospel of Jesus Christ or the life of the sinless lamb of God who said "I always do those things that please" the Father as His life is the revealed "righteousness of God" - Rom. 2:16; 3:21-22. So "justification by works" is the attempt to be justified before God by "the things done in his body...works....deeds." The standard of righteousness for justification by works is conscience, law and the life of Christ. If you have violated conscience, the law of God or come short of the glory of God as manifested in the life of Christ you are a sinner and the law condemns sinners to death rather than justifies them for life.