So, we shall start by stating our firm belief, before leaving the rest up to the bible, all quotations are taken either from the Douay Rheims, or New American Bible.
We believe that those who have the Holy Spirit, have the guarentee of Salvation, so long as they persevere. We believe that if one allows God to work in their lives, and works with Him, in complete submission, that God will use them for Nobel, not common purpose, and in Line with the scripture (Read the Holy Epistle of 1 John) that it is our Love of God, neighbour and truth that shows that we are currently in salvation, and love acts in obediance to God, yet that such salvation can be lost ( Hebrews 6 v - "
Yet, that it is on the promises of God that we rely not to fall:
And that this same God gave us confession, to redeem us of Mortal Sin (CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Absolution)
John Chapter 20 - Douay Rheims Bible
http://www.newadvent.org/bible/joh020.htm 09 August 07
"20:20. And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.
Et hoc cum dixisset ostendit eis manus et latus gavisi sunt ergo discipuli viso Domino
20:21. He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you.
Dixit ergo eis iterum pax vobis sicut misit me Pater et ego mitto vos
20:22. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.
Hoc cum dixisset insuflavit et dicit eis accipite Spiritum Sanctum
20:23. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them: and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.
Quorum remiseritis peccata remittuntur eis quorum retinueritis detenta sunt
Whose sins, etc... See here the commission, stamped by the broad seal of heaven, by virtue of which the pastors of Christ's church absolve repenting sinners upon their confession. "
Yet we know that only those given such authority have such, and it is of Valid priesthood only of such, that we, without divine intervention can be sure, and only in the sacrament of penance, that we can be absolute, but not because of the sacrament, but the promise of God, who acts via the priest in our forgiveness.
And so, seeing the vitality of deeds, knowing that deluding ourselves to their importance or lack of, we know that the relation of faith and deeds is all the more vital a subject to us, who are weak and human.
We can rely on God to make us stand, to give us strength when temptation comes, yet the Holy author of Hebrews again warns us , that we have not yet resisted sin to the shedding of our blood. Surely, such warning is clear. We must co-operate with God's grace, or risk putting him to the test and losing it.
It is through faith that we receive the promise, in Baptism, that we receive the Holy Spirit (less God acts otherwise), for as Peter testifies in his epistle, that it is our baptism that saves us, yet that this is not just the washing of dirt away from our skin, but the pledge of good conscience towards God. Yet, the faith that has no deeds, surely is not faith. Faith is believing that the world is as it is, even depite contradicting appearances. For faith is our belief in the truth, not based on inadequate proof, but on the power of he who can make it so, on the nature, and Authority of the almighty, who indeed is love. Therefore, such faith which trusts the impossible, also obeys such God, for his commands are summed in Faith and love, hope is based on faith. Hope in the cleansing, the salvation, the promise to come. Surely, we cannot ever be sure of our own salvation, but can be sure of the promises of God, that we are currently his, that we who hear his voice, who obey his church, where required, who love others, and obey the Law of freedom
(see articles on the three laws i.e. Natural law, Old Law, new law. Note the Golden rule - "treat others as you'd have them treat you." Also note that we are no longer under Mosaic law, or the old ceremonies and sacrifices, but under the more meaning orientated Law of Freedom, which rests on Love and Obediance)
Are following the way of truth, and protected by God, heading for Home, so long as we don't forget to do our part.
Deeds and faith are married, for the Christian, as Love (Christians call this the virtue of Charity) hope and Faith are divinely interconnected.
It is not possible to obey God and love, 'cept in faith, for what is impossible to man is possible, if not easy for God. Jesus could not have gone to the cross 'cept in love, for love is obediance, yet it is for love that he obeyed, and his love that caused his holy deeds, and miracles, yet without faith, he could not have obeyed, and without hope, he may have given in.
Faith and deeds are entirely tied. We act as we believe. We may fall, yet God makes us stand, or stand again. Yet, our faith that believes in the resurrection, should not shy away at the less comfortable promises. We should always sow in the spirit, in Godliness, good deeds, which maintain faith, and in Love, wich we daily learn of God, and in Charity to others with our time, and love, and the virtue also, rather than in hedonism, that persuit of self, that forgets that he who gains his life loses it and that he who loses His life daily for God, gains eternal life. For Saint Francis was eternally right in the truth, that we should not so much seek to have as to give of self.