Abram (Abraham) did not have the advantage that we have whereby we know that Christ came to redeem us from the curse and grip of sin. We are further blessed in that holy men like the apostles John, Peter and Paul were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the epistles (letters) we now have. Take for example what the Holy Spirit said through Paul in Ephesians 2:4-10, …
“4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Verse 10 seems very comforting to me and it will be the verse I feel led of God to concentrate upon for this message. From this verse we shall see that there are three reasons why we can have a power walk with God. We will start with the last part of the verse and work our way to the beginning of it.
I. The Prepared Path 10c
“…which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.” (ASV)
This walk in good works is powered by God through the life of Christ within and directed by His Holy Spirit.
While the KJV uses the term “hath before ordained,” the Greek word is actually better translated as “afore prepared.” This is the agape love of God that was a definite act of will. He purposed in His heart and mind that those who would trust Him through and in Christ would have a life changing, life-bringing walk before Him.
This love of God was not just for the Jews, but for anyone of any ethnic background or level in life that would fully trust in Him. It is a love designed to protect us from spiritual harm as we remain in Him.
The term “walk” speaks to the fact that life in Christ is not stationary, but definitely progressive.
II. The Life Provided 10b “created in Christ Jesus for good works”
As mentioned above, this walk with God is empowered by Christ, who is true life and the most pure life, which means the Holy Spirit will be directing us to live a holy life. Within Christ there is also abundant life (John 10:10).
The good works also include a life of ministry. Every true disciple is a priest before God. And, if Christ dwells within, we will be doing His works which means helping others with their spiritual and daily life needs.
Permit me to briefly elaborate on the word “needs.” I mean true needs, not wants. Nor do I mean giving someone help who is squandering what resources they have, especially by participating in sin. True Christians should not subsidize the participation in sin.
In all, these good works are not only external activities, but also that which is internal where one keeps themselves unspotted from the world (James 1:27).
III. The Results Produced 10a “For we are His workmanship”
As the previous verses, especially verses 8 and 9, what true godliness we attain to is definitely not from ourselves, but from the work of the Father through Christ. We are not a product of self-improvement but the Father’s craftsmanship through Christ, the best thing there ever can be for improving any human.
Since each true disciple is the Father’s workmanship, and that work being Christ, that means we are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10).
Additionally, because the godliness produced within a true Christian comes from Christ, this brings glory to the Father–not to us, which is always the safe stance to take. Also, the life of Christ within is pleasing to the Father. Provided we walk according to that life, empowered by Christ and directed by the Holy Spirit, we, too, are pleasing to Him.
God willing by May 10, 2013 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M248 .
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