Our relationship with Jesus can be explained through the Jewish Wedding tradition. We are the bride of Christ. God used marriage to illustrate our relationship with Jesus, the bridegroom, the Father’s son. You'll be fascinated with the connections!
There is a difference between works of the law and faith-works. The objective is different. We don’t see God ever commending someone for works of the law. We see God commending faith. How do we resolve this debate of 'show me yours, and I'll show you mine?"