Saved Unto Good Works
- Date: April 19, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
- From Put On Christ
Every biblical imperative, every commandment to abstain, every commandment to pursue brings us over to the thought processes of Colossians, "put off" and "put on"-every biblical imperative to pursue is a call to holiness. Every biblical imperative to abstain is a biblical call to holiness. We see it as rules. It's a map to holiness that brings us into the presence of God. Embrace those. Seek out the commandments of God and use it to compare our daily lives. That continual contention between who we are in Christ and what our daily experience is-it's not always a comfortable position.
We'll look at it briefly, in Ephesians 2:10, Ephesians 1:4. I want to continue on this foundation for just a moment. Ephesians Chapter 2, verse 5: "Even when we were dead in sins, [He has made us alive] together with Christ… [verse 6-] And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. [verse 10-] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained [predestined-] that we should walk in them."
You see, we're not predestined to eternal fellowship with God separate from being predestined to good works. And so both of those are brought out in this passage in Ephesians 2. This is one of the greatest passages that show the dynamics of this union between our legal and our functional righteousness. Look over at the first chapter for just a moment. First chapter, verse 4: "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world…" We talked about that a little bit recently. "Thanking God, before the foundation of the world, you were chosen, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will."
No matter how I feel, no matter what my performance has been today, that's the will of God for me. Can you rest in that? Not by works, lest any man should boast, but saved unto good works. But when my works aren't so good, it doesn't change who I am. I'm accepted in the Beloved. "Well, don't you think that gives us too much license to sin?" No, not at all. Because when we absolutely believe and walk in this grace and this love and the awareness of what it cost God, we are absolutely not going to do anything to intentionally wound the heart of God, to mock our Savior. And that's the point that we're moving toward in the study.
Look over at Colossians Chapter 2 for just a second. Colossians, Chapter 2, verse 12: "[We've been] buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God-the operation of God-who hath raised him from the dead." God is in charge of raising us from the dead to righteousness. Not you. Not your works. Not your feelings and emotions. Not the approval of others. "We are buried with Him in baptism and risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh…" Dead in depravity. Without God. Lost. Helpless. You did He seek. You did He choose. "And you will be quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses." "Why?" Because of Jesus. "I don't deserve it." Absolutely. "What did I do for it?" Nothing. God, before the foundations of the world, chose you and predestined you to be His son. Can you say, "Praise God!" for that? "What about my nasty behavior?" Change it. It's unacceptable to God. Change it. It breaks the heart of God. Change it. It mocks God in the world. Change it. Because you've been ordained, you have been chosen, you have been saved unto good works!