Something to Think About – 2021.08.13

Something to Think About 42

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

One of the big arguments made during the Reformation (and up to now) is the role good works play in salvation. Some say they are necessary for salvation, and others the fruit of salvation. Have we ever considered it might be both? (James 2:14-18)

When you read this passage from Paul, he clarifies that salvation is in God’s hands from the very beginning, and good works are part of the journey of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. This is what scholars call the “already/not yet.” We have salvation offered to us, and with free will, we can accept it. Yet salvation is not complete until Christ returns. But our call is to love God with all that we are (including might) and our neighbor as we “work out your salvation.” (Philippians 2:12)

So I say put Christ in the center of your life. Let his Spirit and teachings permeate your thoughts and actions. Listen to your Lord Jesus when he says to love God with all that you are and love others as you love yourself. For after all, “on these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:40)

Follower of Jesus Christ, show the world that you are the result of the workmanship of the Master. Walk as he has made you, and be and do!

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