For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
The phrase “catch-22” refers to a problem that has a solution that is prohibited by the problem itself. For example, if you need glasses to see, and you lose your glasses, you can’t find them because you need them to carry out the search. A typical “catch-22” is when a job seeker is denied a job because of a lack of experience which he will never get unless he can get a job.
Not exactly a “catch-22” puzzle, but a conundrum nonetheless, is this theological problem: We cannot be saved with good works, but neither can we be saved without good works. How is that possible? The Bible clearly says we are saved by grace through faith, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). But it also says that faith without works is dead (James 2:17). Actually, we can be saved without good works—like the thief on the cross who died immediately after placing his faith in Christ (Luke 23:43). But as a rule, good works are evidence of our faith, a sign that our faith is alive and well (Ephesians 2:10).
We should look regularly—examine ourselves—for the fruits of our faith: the good works we were saved to carry out.
Faith and works are like the light and heat of a candle; they cannot be separated.