"Created in Christ Jesus." A. Besides, we differ in both physical and mental constitution. God never gives His work indiscriminately. There is nothing good or bad but what is matter of choice and consultation. Flippantly have men sometimes spoken of good works, contrasting faith with works. "Hath not the potter power over the clay," etc. (1) Acts of God's immediate worship, both internal and external. When you have examined the true nature of good works, then urge upon yourselves that you are indispensably obliged to do them. (John 15:1, etc.). You will say, "What can we do? )Christian men God's workmanshipR. Edwards, D. D.)The singular origin of a Christian manC. (f) Alacrity, joy, and cheerfulness, and so likewise a due warmth, zeal, and ardency, are other principles from whence our good works should spring. We are not capable of happiness without holiness. When does the image of the star start up in the chamber of the telescope? "Hath not the potter power over the clay," etc. And for this reason, that all the "work" we are doing here is in itself "preparatory" to that "work." We are God's workmanship, not our own.I. The requisites. 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). Fountains and springs of actions are those from whence the actions flow; ends and aims are those to which the actions tend. Fountains and springs of actions are those from whence the actions flow; ends and aims are those to which the actions tend. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows from Ephesians 2:10 how redeemed men and women now live new lives that are marked by the work of Christ in their hearts. "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). But there are these two arguments yet behind which I will more amply insist upon — good works are necessary to salvation; good works glorify God.1. And all this is conformable to the doctrine of our blessed Lord and Saviour, who tells us that He came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it, and make it more complete and perfect. When complete, perfection in beauty.We, beaten and tossed by the stormy waves of circumstance, shall be so perfect as to please God Himself.II. Old leaves in autumn fall off in the spring, if they continue so long; so old things should pass away, and all become new. Things are always happening — births, deaths, and marriages. Illustrate this in a young convert passing through various connections in life to old age.II. Man adjusts the lenses and the tube; the light does all the rest. And that Word teaches us that whatsoever is not of faith is sin; without faith it is impossible to please God.3. As the sparks fly up and the stones downward by an inclination of nature, so are their hearts bent to please and serve God. Of information. They inquired and searched diligently concerning the salvation which they knew was to come, though they could not tell the time or the manner of its coming. 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." "Created in Christ Jesus unto good works." (2)God has prepared us for them.3. Manton, D. D.The doctrine of the text is, That those who are renewed and recovered out of the apostasy of mankind, are, as it were, created anew through the power of God and grace of the Redeemer.I. "(c) When thus new framed and fashioned, it belongeth to God; it hath special relation to Him (James 1:18). "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things," etc. A drunken servant is a servant, and bound to do his work; his master loseth not his right by his default. This is another indispensable qualification of a good work, that it be done for a good end. All that we have vaguely desired is now offered us in the glorious gospel of the blessed God; in Christ we become "His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works." We are renewed by God's creating power, but through the intervening mediation of Christ. The invalid cannot do as much as the man of good health, nor the mother of a family as much as she who has no such care.3. (Thomas Jones. Every part and portion of the economy of grace tends toward this result, that thou mayest be perfect even as thy Father which is in heaven is perfect.(C. 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The circumstances and places of our lives are arranged by God, as well as the persons we influence and who influence us. Manton, D. D.)A bird's-eye view of lifeJames Stalker, M. A.I. To put us upon self-reflection; are we the workmanship of God, created in Christ Jesus? The right ends which ought to be in all evangelical actions (for of such I intend chiefly to speak) are these three — our own salvation, the good of others, and in pursuance of both God's glory. And the more we grow towards heaven, the more we approach to that — work is rest because we do it restfully. In opening a book of poems we find an elegy, a lyric, an ode of battle, or a love song. God will look upon it, and say, "Yes, it is My workmanship, and I am pleased with it." When complete it will be perfect in beauty. a. Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (NASB: Lockman). Shew how the Scripture speaks of this. Surely so much old rubbish and rotten building should not be left standing with the new. Works of obedience.2. There is a vast difference between these. 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. Sheep may fall into the mire, but swine love day and night to wallow in it. 7. If any other hand should lay so much as a tint or colour thereupon, it would certainly mar it all.3. "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."3. )The Divine workmanshipThomas Jones.I. Or we may say, though they do not justify meritoriously, yet they do it declaratively, they show that we are really of the number of those who God accounteth just and righteous.2. W. Dale, LL. 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. They will all be used, but how differently. (2) Ever strive to be going forward, exercising the faculties we have, and looking to God for all. To do good works inspired by love and inspired by God's Holy Spirit — this is the grand thing. You could not do mine; and I cannot do yours. God gives us our new creation through Christ. By way of inference, from what hath been said of good works, we may correct the error of the Antinomians, we may confute the falsehood of the Roman Church, we may make a discovery of other false apprehensions of men concerning good works; we are hence also obliged to examine whether our works be good; and lastly, if we find them to be such, we must continue in the practice of them.1. By Lois Parker Edstrom. We shall remain the Lord's workmanship to the very last. Get the Summit App. Life is our task, but it is also Another's. How shall we know what we ought to do? This is that which is commended to us by the example of the saints; they have all been zealous practisers of good works. When complete it will be perfect in beauty. His "works" are not suited to everybody alike. WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT THE WORKMAN HAS A PLAN. Exemplified in Zaccheus — Paul — Prodigal. He must soften a heart. His heart will rest in it. Every Christian's life is a poem of God. "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things," etc. First God worketh upon us, then by us. (Romans 11:24). It must needs be so; they have God's nature and life. In predestinating them (Romans 1:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Isaiah 54:16).2. John Piper Jan 16, 2000 56 Shares Message. A man oweth duty to himself (Titus 2:12).2. To the will is to be imputed whatsoever is ill or well done by us. We are "created in Christ Jesus to good works" in heaven. (2) We must look at our abilities — what we can do. The Christian is the servant of Christ. A saint in some few acts may be very bad: Noah is drunk, David defiles his neighbour's wife, and Peter denies his best friend; yet these persons were heaven's favourites. They cry out against us, as those who utterly dislike, both in doctrine and practice, all good works. We shall serve God in another world more perfectly than now.1. "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made." 3. No man is fit to do the work of life till he is created in Christ Jesus. 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. 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.