Eph 2:10 ”for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God before prepared that we should walk in them. “
What peace we have if we see ourselves as God's workmanship and not our own! Our entire Christian life is of Him and not our making. We can put full confidence in His ability to save us to the uttermost from beginning to end of our Christian life.
Heb 7:25 ”Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
We can put full confidence in every part of our life being under His supervision, care, and control. We can know that He has every aspect of our lives planned ahead, and has already been there with us. We can know that whatever we face, He is preparing us and molding us for it. We are created "in Christ Jesus" by Him personally for all the He Himself prepared before hand for us to do. We only need to trust Him, rely on Him completely, and cling to Him, as He works that out in us. It is He working it out in us only as we put our faith in His perfect plan.
Romans 5-8, and Ephesians 1 and 2 are some of the best chapters in the Bible I know to explain what it really is to be "His workmanship". I would encourage you to read and meditate on what it is saying to you about your position in Christ and all that He has done in you and provided for you.
”Rom 5:10 - For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being now--"having now been" reconciled, we shall be saved by his life--that is ‘If that part of the Saviour's work which cost Him His blood, and which had to be wrought for persons incapable of the least sympathy either with His love or His labors in their behalf--even our “justification,” our “reconciliation”--is already completed; how much more will He do all that remains to be done, since He has it to do, not by death agonies any more, but in untroubled “life,” and no longer for enemies, but for friends--from whom, at every stage of it, He receives the grateful response of redeemed and adoring souls?’ To be ‘saved from wrath through Him,’ denotes here the whole work of Christ towards believers, from the moment of justification, when the wrath of God is turned away from them, till the Judge on the great white throne shall discharge that wrath upon them that ‘obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ’; and that work may all be summed up in ‘keeping them from falling, and presenting them faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy’ (Jud_1:24): thus are they ‘saved from wrath through Him.’” J, F, & B commentary
Phi 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”
It is He that will finish that good work that He began in you by faith. So often we think it is up to us to finish it. Our part is only to walk in faith and surrender to Him as He works out His work in you. We can be confident of His work in us at all times to accomplish His purpose.
But often we don’t want to be His workmanship. We want to order our own lives our own way, even as Christians. We want to be in charge of our own “ministry” or our own “religious life”. We have in our mind what we think we should be or do and we set our goals and work it out. We wonder where God is when things fall through or an obstacle is in our path. Perhaps he’s right there placing the obstacle in your path to get you back on His. He is getting your attention. Listen to Him! Seek His face and surrender in faith your life as His workmanship to work out His plan and purpose in and through you. Surrender your plans into His hands. Let Him be the one to guide you to the work He has already created and prepared you for in Christ Jesus.
”God both makes ready by His providence the opportunities for the works, and makes us ready for their performance” (J, F, & B)
We cannot please God by our performance, no matter how spiritual our service seems, unless it is by His working in us, by faith. If it is our working for Him, it is wood, hay, and stubble. If it is His working in and through us, it is pleasing unto Him, like a sweet smelling savor.
Every day of your life, everything you face, every decision you make, every trial you go through, He is making you a spiritual creation in Him for what He alone has prepared for you, and prepared you for. Let us walk in faith, then, every day is His handiwork, and put our full trust in Him.
Abba Father, we put our faith in You to fulfill Your whole purpose in our lives, and no matter what we are facing right now, we know that we are Your handiwork, and You are using it even now to work in us a perfect work. We thank You dear Father for Your perfect work!
Rom 5:5-8 ”And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
I have been overwhelmed lately with just what an incredible love we have in Jesus. Do we realize how great that love is? Do we take it for granted? Do we let it permeate all of our being and fill us and mold us and live in us and flow to others? What is the Christian life all about if it is not about His love dwelling in us and working through every part of our lives? Not only our receiving His love, but letting that love then be poured out to others through us, is truly the greatest fulfillment of a Christian life.
He came to us when we were helpless. He came to us when we were undeserving of anything but death and His wrath. He came to us, and instead of giving us what we deserved or taking vengeance on us for the way we treated His name and His glory, He instead gave up His life in sacrifice and suffering on this earth and shed His blood for us, so that through His ultimate sacrifice we could be saved and free from our sin and we could know and be filled with this incredible love.
So many are afraid to come to Him because they think they are too undeserving. That is exactly when you should come to Him. Because if you think you are deserving of Him you are not ready yet. Only those who know that they cannot possibly save themselves and are completely hopeless and undeserving are able to come to Him. It is only by His love and grace that you will be saved, not by anything that is deserved or earned on your part.
The same holds true in our Christian life once we have received His grace. We still must realize that we can never live up to this wonderful, great love in our flesh, and that in this flesh there dwells no good thing. It must be crucified. It must be entrusted to His great love and what He Himself did on the cross. When you put your trust in Him, that cross became your cross and you died with Him so that you could also be risen with Him to newness of life and experience an unbroken fellowship of His love, which you now live by and live unto. (Rom. 6)
This love will never die. It will never quit. It will always be longsuffering. It will never fail or forsake you. It is every moment of every day there available to you. It will never become disillusioned or discouraged. It will only always think of what is best for you. It will endure all things with you. It will give you the ability to believe all things, hope all things, endure all things, to the very end. It will see to it that you are chastised when you need chastisement, encouragement when you need encouragement, and will always bear you up when you fall. This love won’t tolerate sin because sin brings death and destruction to all, but instead brings freedom from it and new life, and righteousness. This love never runs out and is continually renewed the more it is given to others.
Nothing can separate us from this great indescribable love…
Rom 8:34-39 ”Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Is anything in this world to be compared with this love? Is the lust and pride of this world even a teeny bit worth comparing to this perfect love? Is there any greater energy for us to live by – to die for?
What have we to fear in this world, when such a love is dwelling in us, and watching out for us and continually making intercession for us? What is there in this life that can shake us as we walk in that love, in surrender and trust in it.
Are you letting yourself be filled daily with this love? Have you come to this Great Love and surrendered your life to be filled with Him? This love is a person, not an impersonal force that one can acquire, or just a feeling. It is a Person and unless you know and have that Person dwelling in you, you can never experience fully what real love is. Yes, even those who don’t know Him experience, without realizing it, the benefits of this love in this world. They don’t realize that all the good things they have and experience in this life and all the pleasures they know are because of His love. Yet, if they would want to go further and receive this Person, Jesus Christ, and know His love personally, they will know fully for themselves what love is.
This is my prayer for us all…
Eph 3:14-21 ”For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom every family in Heaven and on earth is named, that He may give you, according to the riches of His glory, by His power to become mighty in the inward man through His Spirit, that through faith Christ may dwell in your hearts, having been rooted and founded in love, that you may be given strength to grasp, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and to know the surpassing knowledge and love of Christ, that you may be filled to all the fullness of God. Now to Him being able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think, according to the power working in us, to Him be the glory in the assembly in Christ Jesus, to all the generations of the age of the ages. Amen.”
2Co 13:14 ”The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”
2Th 3:5 ”And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.”
Jud 1:21 ”Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
Isa 43:1-2 ”But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
Has God redeemed you? Has He called you by name? Are you His child? Then this promise is for you. When fear of the unknown strikes, put your name in there and read it to yourself daily.
Fear of the unknown – worry – we face it many times in our life. Each time we can know that Jesus has already gone there before us. There is no unknown to Him. He has every part of our lives planned out from beginning to end and has been there with us, prepared the way, and prepares us for exactly what is ahead. We do not need to know. We only need to trust.
Deu 31:8 “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”
Whatever lies ahead, if we belong to Jesus Christ, we can be assured that He has been there already, and He will be with us guiding us through it. We can be assured that He will never (NO NEVER), leave us or forsake us as His children.
This is why we need to trust God with every circumstance of our lives. We do not know what He is preparing us for. We don’t know what He’s making us strong for, or what He’s giving us faith for. We need to see that every trial, every hardship, every inadequacy we face, God is using in our lives to help us overcome, and to make us reliant on Him, and to prepare us for the future, for what He has planned for us. This is part of being His workmanship.
There can never be anything in our future that could destroy us! God has made sure of that. You can be sure of that. I will say that again – there is nothing in our future that could destroy us - if we continue to trust in Jesus!
What is our assurance built on? How you feel? What you see? What you can manipulate with your own power? Oswald chambers has this to say…
”My assurance is to be built upon God’s assurance to me. God says, ‘I will never leave you,’ so that then I ‘may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear” ’ ( Hebrews 13:5-6 ). In other words, I will not be obsessed with apprehension. This does not mean that I will not be tempted to fear, but I will remember God’s words of assurance. I will be full of courage, like a child who strives to reach the standard his father has set for him. The faith of many people begins to falter when apprehensions enter their thinking, and they forget the meaning of God’s assurance—they forget to take a deep spiritual breath. The only way to remove the fear from our lives is to listen to God’s assurance to us.”So remember to take your deep spiritual breath! Remember that God has already been there. Remember that He will never leave you or forsake you. Remember that there is not one minute detail that He has not thought of beforehand, watched out for, and prepared for. Remember that He loves you and wills your highest good always. Remember that it is impossible for God to ever fail in what He determines to do, and He has already determined what you will be and how He will conform you to the image of Jesus Christ, Who dwells in you. If we trust Him, as a child trusts his father, not knowing what lies ahead, but knowing that He can’t fail us, then this is all we need. Why don’t we? Because we have not yet surrendered our will or our life to Him to be our life. Until you do this, you will always want to be in control of your circumstances, and it will be hard for you to trust. Surrender is simply trusting…a surrender of trust in all that God says He is and will do and has done – letting go of your own life in order that you may find His. Let Him be your life. You could never make your life as fulfilling or as good as He can. If you try to hold on to it, Jesus said that you would lose it.
Abba Father, today I ask that You will remind us to take our spiritual breath, and put our hand in Yours, trusting You with whatever we are facing in our life at this moment. You know that You have already made provision for every difficulty we face and will sustain us through every difficulty, seeing to it that we come through the fire, unburned but purified, and through the flood waters without drowning, but instead having a faith to walk on water. In the name of Jesus Christ, Who is our life, amen! So be it!
2Pe 1:1-4 ”Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those equally precious with us, having obtained faith in the righteousness of our God and our Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace to you, and peace be multiplied by a full knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. As His divine power has given to us all things pertaining to life and godliness through the full knowledge of the One calling us through glory and virtue, by which means He has given to us the very great and precious promises, so that through these you might be partakers of the divine nature, escaping from the corruption in the world by lust.”(LITV)
Joh 3:15 ”that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”(LITV)
To believe, (to trust in, cling to, adhere to, rely on), Christ every day as our daily Savior, we are delivered from the corruption in this world. To believe in Him is not just a one time act that secures our position for eternity…it is more than that. We are to believe in Him to be our Savior in every way, every day, throughout every circumstance, and not to rely on this world or ourselves.
Too often in Christianity today we find ourselves relying on man and the philosophies of man to be in a sense, our daily savior, rather than Christ. We look to psychology for our emotional needs, not realizing that Jesus Himself is our life and our Savior to the uttermost. There is no one Who understands our needs and our purpose in life better than our Savior! There is no way to meet others needs more effectively than through the truth of the Word of God.
2Ti 3:16-17 ”All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, so that the man of God may be perfected, being fully furnished for every good work.”(LITV)
Why is it that we see a falling away from sound teaching and reproof in the Word of God, and instead a moving towards meeting people’s “felt needs”? It’s as though in our day and age suddenly the Bible is obsolete – the power of the cross not strong enough to meet the needs of Christians. We need to add something? Did Not the Word above say that “His divine power has given to us all things pertaining to life and godliness through the full knowledge of the One calling us”? It is through our knowledge and union with Jesus that He is able to fulfill every need that He Himself has created in us. There is nothing that He did not foresee that we would need, and has not provided for us. Do we really believe His Word?
We hear many today saying doctrine is dry and has no meaning for us. We need more “life” in the church. Doctrine – truth – is only dry to those who do not cherish and live according to it. For those who do, it is life – it is His living Word. It’s truth and anointing flow forth by the Holy Spirit to all that believe it and receive it. If we teach the Word we find life in our Savior Whose love letter to us it is. We find our Savior there for every daily need to set us free from the lies and corruption and lusts of this world there is.
The following is from Evangelicalism Divided, by Lain H. Murray, P. 314 –
”Spiritual decline is not a mystery which scripture leaves unexplained . It is the result of the presence of falsehood where there should be truth: ‘I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they stood in my counsel, and caused my people to hear my words, then they would have turned them from their evil ways and from the evil of their doing. ‘ (Jer. 23:21-23)”
We have looked to other things to take the place of trusting in Jesus to be our daily Savior for every need in our life. We have replaced His Word with the word of other speakers and authors of our day. We have replaced His doctrine with the doctrine of other men. Let us put Jesus and His living Word back in it’s rightful place in the church and in our lives! We trusted Him to be our Savior in an act of faith in His shed blood for us and His forgiveness of sins, but we failed to continue to walk in Him even as we first came to Him…by faith in Him to be our Savior in every way, every day, that we need a Savior!
Col 2:6-10 ”Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, being rooted and being built up in Him, and being confirmed in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Watch that there not be one robbing you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and having been filled, you are in Him, who is the Head of all rule and authority”
Let us seek to be rooted and built up in Him, and we will find our needs are met. Let us preach the Word of truth that is able to set free. Let us truly trust in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ daily!