Let us note the work, “We are His workmanship, created. in Christ Jesus unto good works “ (v.10).
The Gospel process of salvation has the effect of changing the sinner to a saint, by complete conversion, by the means of Repentance, by the means of a second birth, (Jh.3:5), by the means of a reformation or trasformation (Ro.12:2).
These together effect a re-creation of the inner man in Christ Jesus, through the application of his Gospel.
(Acts 2:38) makes it clear what it will take to become a new create and enjoy eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As none can do good works, but they who are created in Christ Jesus; so, to manifest ourselves to be created in Him.
Therefore,it is absolutely necessary that we do all the good works we can in our various vocations and callings; and that we who do so are the most happy people upon earth.
Whatsoever our calling and condition may be, and whatsoever other people may say or think of us.
If we do the will of God upon earth, as it is done in heaven: we shall shine as lights in the world;
We have the honour to honour God and to be honoured by him (1.Sam. 2:30) tell us, ”Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”
We have the pleasure of pleasing Him that governs the whole world; who therefore takes us into his own particular care and protection; makes our enemies to be at peace with us according to (Prov.16:7).
He will supplies us with all things both for life and godliness; direct and prospers us in all our undertakings; makes all things work together for our good while we live, and then saith to every one of us, Well done, good and faithful servant; enter thou into the joy of the Lord.
In saving man God has to do what He did at the beginning, create us out of nothing.
There is nothing good in man to begin with.“In me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing” according to (Rom.7:18).
I have learned by experience that in an unregenerate man there is no good. There is no principle by which the soul can be brought into the light; no principle by which it can be restored to purity. It requires the new birth. (Jh.3:1).
fleshly appetites alone prevail; and the brute runs away with the man.
While we are saints on earth, though we may, and ought to aspire after, yet we shall not be able to attain unto the sinless perfection of the saints in heaven:
A real Christian is one that is continually labouring after the attainment of that which he knows in this life he shall never attain, namely, perfection in grace;
In heaven we shall have no occasion to complain, that how to perform that which is good, we find not, “If any man be in Christ He is a new creation.” according to (I.Co. 5:17).
Let us look at the Worker. We are his “His workmanship.” The worker is God. Like a skillful artist He selects His own material and applies it.
God is the author of our spiritual life. It was forever the purpose and will of God, that those to whom he gives spiritual life should be holy and abound in good works.
The deliverance of people from a state of sin and death comes by making them alive to the holiness of God.
It springs from his love and is the fruit of his Spirit, and is given not merely to save men from perdition, but to manifest in all ages and worlds the riches of God’s grace, in kindness to believers, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord asks no counsel. He doeth His own will, He speaks, and it is done, He commands, and it stands fast,
(Phil. 2:13) tell us this “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
We may so weak and insufficient of ourselves, but let us remember God hath all-sufficient strength, and by his strength, He works in us both to will and to do;” and so, if we be not wanting to ourselves, but work, and work out our own salvation with all diligence, we shall have no reason to complain of want of strength; “we are able to do” what He requires of us, “through Christ which strengthens us” None can stay His hand from working.
Look at the Workmanship. The character of the workman is seen in the workmanship.
The beautiful sculpture or painting manifests the skill of the artist.
We are the exhibitions of God’s gracious handiwork.
Every Christian is a monument of God’s mercifulness, love,patience, and holiness.
Are we a credit to Him who hath made and fashioned us after the image of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ ?
We are created unto good works. Fear not, He that hath begun a good work in you will carry it on according to (Phil.1:6).
It is in God alone. It is not in man in any sense. No reliance is to be placed on man in keeping himself. He is too weak; too changeable; too ready to be led astray; too much disposed to yield to temptation.
The reliance, therefore, is on God; and the evidence that the renewed man will be kept is this:
God began the work of grace in the soul.
He had a design in it. It was deliberate, and intentional; it was not by chance, or hap-hazard; it was because he had some object that was worthy of his interposition.
There is no reason why he should begin such a work, and then abandon it. It cannot be because he has no power to complete it, or because there are more enemies to be overcome, or because there are difficulties which he did not foresee; or because it is not desirable that the work should be completed. Why, then, should he abandon it?
God abandons nothing that he undertakes. There are no unfinished worlds or systems; no half-made and forsaken works of his hands. There is no evidence in his works of creation of change of plan, or of having forsaken what he began from disgust, or disappointment, or want of power to complete them. Why should there be in the salvation of the soul? (Jh.10:27) tell us,“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”
Take a look at the Workshop. “Created in Christ Jesus.” In Christ Jesus we are fashioned after the divine pattern.
Abide in Him, and you will abide in the workshop of God’s Almighty grace,“Ye are God’s building” (1.Cor. 3:9).
The idea is, that God is the supreme Agent in the founding and establishing of the church, in all its gifts and graces.
The church is called the house of God, (I.Tim.3:15). Yet, the apostle reminds them, that they belong to God, not their minister’s.
It was God to whom we are obligated for our conversion, for our edification. Ye are God’s building.
The figure is now changed. Paul and Apollos are God’s builders, and the church is the building they build. The leading idea is that they are only God’s employees.
For we are not lords and proprietors of the church, nor persons that have independent untruth of our own to carry on; but we are the fellow labourers of God, the great Master of the family
God is the Great Architect. We work under him and carry out the plans of the Architect. It is the Lord’s building.
Let us never forget that God sees and cares what we do in the part of the building where we work for him.
Sinner, if you want to be made a new creature, come into God’s workshop. Come to Jesus, and He will work on you and in you that which is pleasing in His sight