How good works glorify God
The good works that God has prepared for us
We saw in the article "Justice and the Bible" that we are righteous without any works. There we saw: the good works were not, nor were they intended to be tools for someone to be saved or to be justified. The resource of our salvation and righteousness is the work of our Lord Jesus Christ. He did everything that was necessary for our salvation. This in no way means that God doesn't want us to do good works or that He doesn't care. On the contrary, He has already prepared the good works for us. So Ephesians 2:10 tells us:
"God has made something of us: We are his work, created anew through Jesus Christ to do good. We only fulfill what God has already prepared for us in advance."
God has already prepared the works for us, and he did it with the intention that we should also deal with them. Hence, it is not us who prepare the good works, but God who has already prepared them for us. However, we have to walk in them, i.e. perceive them, do them.
Another very important thing: if we believe in our hearts in the Lord Jesus Christ and in his resurrection, then we are born again and we have become new creatures. So 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation." Although we were not saved by good works, we were created as new creatures, made for the good works that God prepared for us. Let us look at the "newly created to" (marked in red in the above-mentioned Bible verse Ephesians 2:10) or otherwise "were made to". We would use the same words for the following examples: "a car was made (created) to travel." "A telephone was made (created) to make calls." "A radio is made (created) to receive radio signals. In other words, by being told that we are "created (made) for the good works He prepared for us," God is saying that He has fully empowered us, created us for, made for, it is in the DNA of our new natures to do the good works he has prepared for us. It is natural for us to do these good deeds, it is in our new nature because we were created to do it. In contrast, if we are not walking in these works, we are not doing what we were created to do. It would be like having a phone that doesn't make calls or a radio that is dead.
We will better understand the importance of the good works that God has already prepared for us as we go to 1 Corinthians 12. There we read:
1 Corinthians 12:27
"You are all the one body of Christ, and each and every one of you belongs as a part of it."
And in 1 Corinthians 12:18
"That is why God has given each individual member of the body its special task, just as he wanted it to be."
Each of us is a part of the body of Christ with a specific function given to us by God. God has put us in the body with a very special role and as He pleased. And just as in the physical body the head, the brain, is responsible for the commands to the limbs, in the spiritual body the head is also responsible for the commands and that is one: CHRIST (Ephesians 5:23). The members of the body of Christ, like the members of the natural body, have a mission to do what the head says. We do not decide about the good works, about the role that we have in the body. God has already decided that and prepared it for us. Our job is to walk in the good works, to perceive them, to function as we were created to function! If we ignore this, choose to close our eyes, our mission will never be completed. What I am saying, brothers and sisters, is that although God created us to do these works, and although He brought us into the body with a specific role, function, it is up to US to walk in the works; it is up to US to perceive what the head is saying. If we don't, no one else will do it for us. If we do not take on our role in the body, just as the natural body suffers, if one part of the body does not function properly, so does the body of Christ. You see Christ is just the head of the body. He gives the orders, but it depends on the members whether they actually carry them out. Many brothers have a twisted opinion of what the church is and believe that the ministry, doing God's works, the works that were created for us, is for the spiritual leaders, the so-called "official" ones. For the rest of the time, the only task seems to be to fill the pews on Sunday. That is a big mistake. There is no such thing as clergy or laity in the Word of God. What is there is a body and every brother or sister has been put into this body by God with a specific task. You, brother or sister, reading this article, you have a special role in your body. Do you know that? Are you doing what God has put you in your body for, the good works He has prepared in advance for you to walk in? Or do you spend your time with the things of this world (this throttles the word of God and makes it sterile - Mark 4:19), since the service, supposedly, belongs only to the ..... full-time officials? If you, brother or sister, do not do what God created you to do, made you, put you in the body for it, then no one else will do it. You are unique in the body of Christ, just as every member in your own body is unique and absolutely necessary. Therefore, if you have not yet found out what God has prepared for you, it is absolutely essential that you find out. It is necessary that you get off the sofa and seek the Lord. It is time to tell Him, "Here I am Lord. What do you want me to do?" He created you for this, made you ready, fully equipped, for the good works that he has prepared for you. But you have to make yourself available; You must want to walk in them. If you don't make yourself available to God, nothing will happen. In this case you are like a part of the body that is actually part of the body but does not communicate with the head. That's a sick part, a part that doesn't work. The opposite picture - the picture of a clear representation from 1 Corinthians 12 with the body, the limbs and the head - is the picture of a healthy limb which reacts immediately when the head says something. It is the image of a godly person who looks to the head to see what he wants and reacts accordingly without hesitation. It is the representation of a Christian walking in the works that God has prepared, perceiving them, bearing mighty fruits and not allowing the Word to become a victim of the things of this world, the deceits of the rich and the desires of other things ( Mark 4:19). Such Christians are what God wants. Christians who bring mighty fruits to glorify our Father.
John 15: 5, 8
"I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever stays with me as I stay with him bears much fruit .... If you bear much fruit and thus prove to be my disciples, the glory of my Father will be visible."
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