)The heavenly WorkmanT. If we are God's workmanship, never let us be ashamed to let men see God's workmanship in us. And so it is with the Christian. (Thomas Jones. (2) An action. From what hath been said, we may discover the wrong notions and apprehensions which most men have of good works. Some love to teach. John Piper For all there is a work. Ephesians 2:10 Further Study. How much is man's work, and how much is the work of the light? (1) As thou wouldst have comfort that thou art a new creature in Christ, made alive by the Spirit, try it by this — how thou walkest. In His commandments He reveals them to us. Is not this the doctrine of the Old Testament? It is compared to the change that took place when God said, "Let there be light." All acts of obedience. Life oftentimes seems a pathless region, and it is evening with us, and the clouds are lowering, and the dark, black forest is before us, and there is no pathway, and a kind of bewilderment comes over a man at times; he does not know what to do, or which way to go — a conscientious man, especially. God has not created us that we may talk about our good works, but that we may walk in them. You perceive, then, why throughout the Scriptures the works of man are made the test of his salvation. There are lives of Christians like all these. (1) We must be guided to a certain extent by our own predispositions. Fourthly, THE REMARKABLE PREPARATION MADE FOR THAT OBJECT, for so the text may be rendered, "which God hath prepared that we should walk in them.". But their fulfilment is not reserved for others; they may be fulfilled to ourselves. What are preachers but God's chisels and hammers? But once receive anything you have to do — or equally, anything you have to suffer — as a "work" long ago "prepared" for you; and then see what a comfort, what an energy, what a power that one single thought will give!1. (1) By the predispositions of our own minds, which are themselves the creation of God. It is only by mercy, and by grace, that God chooses to forgive. He excites the will; for such is our dulness, that we must have our will raised by Him to will.6. Each of us has his vocation marked out for him and fixed in the ancient counsels of God. HOW NEW CREATURES ARE OBLIGED TO THESE GOOD WORKS.1. Good works include the necessary acts of common life, when they are rightly performed. (Joseph Cook. You perceive, then, why throughout the Scriptures the works of man are made the test of his salvation. "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."3. One man finds it hard to be just, another to be generous; one man finds it hard to be quiet and patient under suffering, another to be vigorous in work; one man has to struggle with vanity, another with pride, another with covetousness, another with the grosser passions of his physical nature; one man is suspicious by temperament, another envious, another discontented; one man is so weak that he cannot hate even the worst kinds of wrong-doing, the fires of his indignation against evil never burst into flame; another is so stern that even where there is hearty sorrow for wrong-doing he can hardly force himself to forgive it frankly. (2) An action. So it is in the regeneration of a soul; instrumentality appears, but the real work is immediately of the Spirit of God.III. From the fault or misfortune of our progenitors, we may start on the race with heavy burdens that we cannot shake off. Walking denotes —(a)Spontaneity in the principle; not drawn or driven, but walk — set ourselves a-going. Is it Paul who speaks thus? Likewise when they fasted, they disfigured their faces, that they might appear unto men to fast (Matthew 5:16). He must give an impulse. All creatures have an inclination to their proper operations, so the new creature. It is a dreadful paradox, but some of us know that this is the exact expression of a dumb discontent which lies at the very heart of our moral being. No man is judged healthy by a flushing colour in his face, but by a good complexion. God's purpose is subserved by that which He makes, else were He an unwise worker. If we have not been born again, we have not begun to do our good works. First God worketh upon us, then by us. Man is dead; God is the quickener.II. 4. Surely, every evidence that I am 'prepared' for a work, is a proof that a work is 'prepared' for me." God's purpose is subserved by that which He makes, else were He an unwise worker. (4) Works of charity and mercy; as to relieve the poor, to be good to all, to help others by our counsel or admonition. You meet with rivers, and streamlets, and fountains, and lakes among the mountains, and in the valleys of the earth; but the origin of them all is in the sea, they all begin there. The line of time. All have some talent. It will be known by these things — a new mind, a new heart, and a new life.3. All acts of obedience. God makes nothing for waste. You must necessarily distinguish between principles and ends if you would speak properly and significantly. "(1) This shows the greatness of the disease; in that so great a remedy is needed. (2)In the obedience of faith. We must see to it that our own plot is well cared for. Some are disposed to self-culture; let them, then, go on and cultivate their natures. If we have not been born again, we have not begun to do our good works. Life oftentimes seems a pathless region, and it is evening with us, and the clouds are lowering, and the dark, black forest is before us, and there is no pathway, and a kind of bewilderment comes over a man at times; he does not know what to do, or which way to go — a conscientious man, especially. And if to these two vocations there can be added the vocation of the Church, or of Christian friends, it would be more conclusive still. No man is fit to do the work of life till he is created in Christ Jesus. No! Stay connected to the Summit on the go! The Divine idea is moving towards its crowning perfection. You could not do mine; and I cannot do yours.3. Some are disposed to self-culture; let them, then, go on and cultivate their natures. It must be done in faith, for the apostle tells us that "without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews 11:6), and, consequently, as he adds in another place, "what is not of faith is sin."5. (3) Works of righteousness and justice; to hurt none, to give every one his due, to use fidelity in our relations (Acts 24:15). Life is our task, but it is also Another's. 4. But Paul was thinking of those who by their own free consent were in Christ, of those who, as he says, had been "saved by faith." The Christian is the servant of Christ. This if we do, we shall not go astray, but when life ends shall find that accomplished which He desired. There are good works here and hereafter. these and the like things are not thought of. As the sparks fly up and the stones downward by an inclination of nature, so are their hearts bent to please and serve God. No; by not resting in it, but forcing a way through it, will the winged creature reach sunshine and air. The first stroke that helps to fashion us into Christians comes from the Lord's own hand. (Romans 9:21). (2) In regard of efficacy. Racial Reconciliation - Ephesians 2:10-11 | Dr. Voddie Baucham - YouTube We don't have to achieve racial reconciliation, it exists. The three vocations very seldom mislead. No man is fit to do the work of life till he is created in Christ Jesus. And so, you who have education and genius, you whom God has richly endowed, you who have noble opportunities and fine talents — God expects great things of you; you must water the continent, as it were; and the question for each one is, to what work does my heart gravitate, and what work can I do? All our works should be "good works"; and we may make them so by sanctifying them with the Word of God and prayer.4. A cup of cold water could not purchase salvation for the sinner; but a cup of cold water, given in the name of Jesus, shall in no wise lose its reward, because it is the test that the believer loves his Master.(R. (2) An action. Let us not refuse to enter them because they are often low and lead to humble paths. With respect to heaven and eternal happiness, they are the way to heaven. All appeared ruin and disorder. We are God's workmanship, not our own.I. 6. Vaughan, M. A.It would be impossible to conceive words which could better express at once the dignity and the nothingness of all human "works." )The use of good works"God," said a minister to a boy who stood watching a caterpillar spinning a very beautiful cocoon, "God sets that little creature a task to do: and diligently and very skilfully he does it; and so God gives us good works to perform in His name and for His sake. )The new creation of believersT. "Herein is My Father glorified," said Christ, "that ye bear much fruit." Thus our reverencing of God is discovered by our solemn worshipping Him, and that in the most decent and humble manner. Cultivate it within; guard it from foes without. The purpose is one and indivisible: there is no ordination to salvation apart from sanctification.2. I have told you what the former are; now I will set before you the latter. Characterized by truth, reality, thoroughness, Not on the surface — not merely intellectual or mental; but a deep, subterraneous power heaving from the depth of the spiritual nature, and working from the centre to the circumference. He doth not one with the neglect of the other. Is there any solution? But Paul was thinking of those who by their own free consent were in Christ, of those who, as he says, had been "saved by faith." (2) That by this new nature a man is distinguished from himself as carnal; he hath somewhat which he had not before, something that may be called a new life and nature; a new heart that is created (Psalm 51:10), and may be increased (2 Peter 3:18). But their fulfilment is not reserved for others; they may be fulfilled to ourselves. In itself it is a token for good. We are to serve God in the best way we can here, and we shall serve Him in another world in the distant future more perfectly than now. The Greek is, "God's poem." By our holy and exemplary lives, we may be serviceable to stir up the hearts of the godly to praise God on our behalf. This was the good will and pleasure of the blessed Trinity in their eternal consults before man was made. But the finest work is often done by those sharp-edged chisels called Pain and Bereavement. In opening a book of poems we find an elegy, a lyric, an ode of battle, or a love song. It is a proof of love. And that Word teaches us that whatsoever is not of faith is sin; without faith it is impossible to please God.3. But, were the insect to remain satisfied forever in the silken ball which he is weaving, it would become, not his home, but his tomb. When does the image of God, or the inner sense of peace and pardon spring up in the human soul? We must not be just among ourselves by being unjust to others. The line of talent. Hence His people are called "Trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, in whom He may be glorified." What are the so-called means of grace but tools in the hand of the Great Workman? One is mentioned in the text: "Created unto good works"; but other things must be taken in. But I should sadly narrow my subject if I confined the "good works" which God has "prepared" for us to do, to this world. J. McGhee, M. Then you are really concerned to examine your lives and actions, and to see whether you be not of the number of the mistaken persons.5. )Good works for believersH. A common man cannot do the work of a genius. "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" (Philippians 1:6). ITS PURPOSE. Our destination to do our good works dates from our new birth. Thoroughness.4. THE COMMANDS OF GOD IN HIS WORD, AND THE WORK OF HIS GRACE IN US, AS CORRESPONDING; LIKE THE SEAL AND THE WAX. THE MODE in which that power acts upon him so as to produce this effect. "In Christ Jesus," united to Him, so that we can say, "It is no more I that do it, but Christ who dwelleth in me." He must open a door. He who made these bodies of ours so beautiful, so kingly, so majestic, so unutterably wonderful; He who bent with such majestic grace the arch of the firmament; He who clothed the earth with its infinite variety of beautiful objects; will make His spiritual creation in harmony with the material; so that, when finished, it shall be said, "He hath made this also beautiful in his season." For all there is a work. Their nothingness — because both the "works" we do — and we ourselves who do them — are nothing but a piece of "workmanship" which God has formed and created. You will say, "What can we do? That man was once a blank in the creation of God; he was spiritually dead, but now he has a soul instinct with the breath of heaven, which lives for its Maker, which hears and obeys His voice, and beats high with the generous sentiments of redeeming love. Till we are created anew, we are not fit to converse with a holy and invisible God earnestly, frequently, reverently, and delightfully, which is our daily work and business. We must not be just among ourselves by being unjust to others. Some delight in practical benevolence. Practical doing is better than loud boasting.5. GOOD WORKS AS THE THINGS IN WHICH GOD'S PEOPLE ARE TO WALK. (3) A due regard of circumstances, that it may be not only good, but done well (Luke 8:15). This is beyond inclination. This is very beautiful to remember, and it should stir up all that is within us to magnify the Lord. If you refer to His decree, He will have His elect people distinguished from others by the good they do in the world, that they may be known to be followers of a good God, as the children of the devil are by their mischief (2 Peter 1:10). Not much is expected from a mere mountain brook. Fix it on your thoughts that you have a good deal of work to do, but your time to do it in is short and soon expiring. Every good and righteous man lays his foundation low; he begins his works with a submissive and self-denying spirit; he proceeds with lowliness of mind, and a mean opinion of himself, and of all he can do. 4. Look at that mind, so capable and so furnished. As he that acts ignorantly, so he that acts unwillingly cannot be said to act well. (Joseph Cook. They have twisted laurel wreaths of glory round the brows of faith; they have kept good works in the distance. Exemplified in Zaccheus — Paul — Prodigal. (Romans 6:17). We are "created in Christ Jesus to good works" in heaven. First unto Abel, and then to his offering. )Good works for believersH. We discontinue or break off our walk when we cease to do good; but the more we mind good works the more we proceed in our way (Philippians 3:14).III. (3) Works of righteousness and justice; to hurt none, to give every one his due, to use fidelity in our relations (Acts 24:15). The requisites. All we can do we are bound to do. THE CERTAIN SECURITY for the operation of this power, and for the effect it will produce. The light of our works came from God, and it must be reflected to him again. GOD AS THE AUTHOR OF THESE GOOD WORKS IN THEM. THE AIM OF LIFE. Indeed, we have nothing to do that can further our salvation by way of merit, but we have something to do whereby we may show our thankfulness for Christ's undertakings; we have a great deal to do whereby we may discover our obedience to the Divine commands and injunctions. There are vague instincts within us which are at war with the moral limitations which are born with us. What need we do anything since He hath done all? THE DIVINE WORKMANSHIP.1. This is God's work in which we are merely passive." (2) In regard of efficacy. Look at that body of yours — so curiously framed together, and knit, and fitted for action. When Adam was created, the Lord made him for His own glory. We must walk in the ways which are prepared by God. As servants are bid to discharge their duty in singleness of heart (Colossians 3:22). This goes further than the former expression; for workmanship is less than creation. By our holy and exemplary lives, we may be serviceable to stir up the hearts of the godly to praise God on our behalf. The answer is — because they are taken as the test of his faith, as the proof of his sincerity. When God creates a bird to fly, it is the best flying machine that can be manufactured; indeed, none can equal it. Our duty: that we should walk in them. Indeed, we have nothing to do that can further our salvation by way of merit, but we have something to do whereby we may show our thankfulness for Christ's undertakings; we have a great deal to do whereby we may discover our obedience to the Divine commands and injunctions. Sep 26, 2015. Why then should we, as much as in us lieth, frustrate the purpose and decree of heaven concerning us I Further, this (as the apostle saith of sanctification) is the will of God (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Good works have their origin in love. We are not capable of happiness without holiness. You are filled with rapture and astonishment at the power of genius to call forth such a beautiful creation of art. There must be a delight and pleasure in the ways of God, and in all those good and virtuous actions which we do, and that for their own sakes. The voice of conscience tells a man he shall be justified or condemned by his works. (1) Acts of God's immediate worship, both internal and external. This is that whereby you show your thankfulness to God for your election and redemption. )Perseverance in good worksG. When we lay down our wearied heads and die, we are not done with service. 3. (James Stalker, M. Every Christian's life is a poem of God. It is chaos to us. The answer is — because they are taken as the test of his faith, as the proof of his sincerity. Our duty: that we should walk in them. These are no mean and common works which I have set before you as that duty. 3. And a part of the work is this, that your work is rest. But, of a vast river starting at one end of a continent, and flowing through the heart of it, gathering to itself volumes of water, much is expected, for is it not a great river? if you think the cure is no great matter, it will necessarily follow that it deserves no great praise, and so God will be robbed of the honour of our recovery.3. "For if thou wert cut out of the olive, tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree," etc. Every Christian's life is a poem of God. When we lay down our wearied heads and die, we are not done with service. It is true good works in general comprehend all works morally good, whether they be adjusted to the law of nature or the revealed law; but I shall chiefly and principally consider good works as they are conformable to the revealed rule of the gospel. It is a "creation. To the will is to be imputed whatsoever is ill or well done by us. The first stroke that helps to fashion us into Christians comes from the Lord's own hand. The answer is — because they are taken as the test of his faith, as the proof of his sincerity. We use terms which are very suggestive when we speak of a "hard" man, or when we say, "He is soft," "He is coarse," or "He is a fine man." (a) The parts of this new creation are — holiness of the spirit, and of the body, mind, will, affections, and every member of the body. Works, if they be considered as a way leading to eternal life, are indeed necessary to salvation; they are necessary by way of qualification, for no unclean thing shall enter into heaven. A. Most of us, I suppose, who have any moral earnestness, are at times very dissatisfied with ourselves; yes, with ourselves. Illustrate this in a young convert passing through various connections in life to old age.II. Just one tap away from sermons, blogs, and other resources. One man finds it hard to be just, another to be generous; one man finds it hard to be quiet and patient under suffering, another to be vigorous in work; one man has to struggle with vanity, another with pride, another with covetousness, another with the grosser passions of his physical nature; one man is suspicious by temperament, another envious, another discontented; one man is so weak that he cannot hate even the worst kinds of wrong-doing, the fires of his indignation against evil never burst into flame; another is so stern that even where there is hearty sorrow for wrong-doing he can hardly force himself to forgive it frankly. Shew how the Scripture speaks of this. In itself it is a token for good. They are no other than visible exertments and actual discoveries of the inward graces before mentioned. Sanctified common sense is the true rule of life. A. (b) In order to our service and obedience to God. It is one thing to make us men, another to make us saints or Christians. If any man think much of his "works," I say, "You are only a bit of mechanism, that God has trained to carry out His mind; to evolve those preplanned works." Besides, you are creatures in misery; if you be sensible of it, your interest will teach you to do what you can to come out of it; and God's doing all is an engagement to wait upon Him in the use of means, that we may meet with God in His way, and He may meet with us in our way.II. )The Divine workmanshipThomas Jones.I. J. Goodhart, M. They are inspirations of God, they are beams from the central light, they are streams from the uncreated fountain. "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).III. - Ephesians 2:10 We have glanced at this great statement previously when we took it in its context in connection with the two previous verses, 8 and 9. What a variety of tools! If God creates worms to plough the soil, and bring up the more useful ingredients to the surface, they are the best fertilizers under heaven. The life of grace is purchased by His death, "God sent His only-begotten Son into the world that we might live by Him" (1 John 4:9); here spiritually, hereafter eternally; life opposite to the death incurred by sin. We are God's workmanship, not our own.I. The special infirmities of men vary. Vaughan, M. 3. )LinksEphesians 2:10 NIVEphesians 2:10 NLTEphesians 2:10 ESVEphesians 2:10 NASBEphesians 2:10 KJVEphesians 2:10 Bible AppsEphesians 2:10 ParallelEphesians 2:10 Biblia ParalelaEphesians 2:10 Chinese BibleEphesians 2:10 French BibleEphesians 2:10 German BibleEphesians 2:10 CommentariesBible Hub, 3. God makes nothing for waste. PROCRASTINATE TOMORROW Looking at Diligence, Work, Plans, Ants, Counsel, and Workmanship Jay Yousling, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? Works of obedience.2. There is a vast difference between these. 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