Bro. Tom's Weekly Bible Study
  Week #10
Posted: August 5, 2004

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

Let us turn again to the treasure house of our wealth In Christ.  Our text is Ephesians 2:8-10 which say, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourself: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Paul tells us that our great salvation was a gift of God.  This phrase lays the axe to all our pride and self effort.  Our salvation was totally orchestrated and initiated by the Lord.  It was all the Lords doing and none of our effort.  The text tells us it was not of ourselves.  This great salvation is by grace.  Grace is God’s unmerited favor.  God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.  The channel that brings this salvation is faith.  The faith that we put in Him is His faith and not ours.  Paul says in Philippians, “And be found in Him not having mine own righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ the righteousness which is of God by faith.”  The whole work of salvation from start to finish is His work, not ours.  Grace, faith, and even repentance so says the book of Acts are a gift of God. (5:31)

He gives this gift according to the good pleasure of His will.   To God be the glory, Great things He hath done for me.  There truly is no boasting to be done by us in such a great salvation.

In verse 10 we see the great truth of what we have In Him.  Paul tells us we are His workmanship’.  This work gives Him all the glory for our salvation.  Workmanship has the idea of a masterpiece of one’s created handiwork.  The word is used of a poem or painting.  Our Lord is purposely writing a rhyme of words with the history of our life.  He is telling His story with our history.  He is taking our lives and painting a masterpiece that will look like Him when done. 

The phrase ‘created in Christ Jesus’ is a further defining of workmanship.  The word created has the idea of a new creation.  Paul said ‘If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation’.  The text tells us that we were not just created and left to wander, but we were created unto good works.  These good works are the object of our salvation, not the cause.  These good works were fore ordained.  God prearranged, once saved, the plan for our walk and order of behavior. 

He chose us for salvation, gave us the gift of salvation, and planned out the path of our good works.  He chose all that would bring to us the most good and to Himself the greatest glory.  Thank you Lord for making me your created workmanship in Christ Jesus. 

 

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