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The Workmanship of God (Ephesians 2:10)

September 23, 2018 Preacher: Bob DeWaay Series: Ephesians

Scripture: Ephesians 2:10

In emphatic explanation of “not of you,” of Ephesians 2:8, verse ten in the Greek begins “of Him.” All believers are God’s workmanship and therefore can trust God to finish His gracious work in their lives. The term that Paul uses for “workmanship” denotes that we are His creation, i.e. new creation. Salvation is the work of God and so is the present work of sanctification. The “new man” is created by God in Christ. This means that we can be comforted by the promises of God that He will finish His work in our lives. We are not the same people we used to be. Paul goes on to say that believers are created for good works. This “before” reminds us of the fact that we were told earlier in Ephesians that our salvation was planned before the foundation of the world. This newness of life in Christ means real, tangible change. We actually live different lives that bring glory to God. This does not mean being higher order Christians but rather trusting God to do what He has promised to do for all who know Him. In Ephesians 2:2 and then again here Paul uses the Greek word for “walk” which denotes our manner of life. This is both a promise that God will change us and our duty to live for Him. We end by reiterating God’s promise to change us and the accessible means He gives to make that change happen.

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