Hello Sweet Cheer: Scripture Series Week 2: Who are we made to be?

11.22.2011

Scripture Series Week 2: Who are we made to be?

The past two weeks we’ve been talking about what scripture says about who we are made to be. As believers, what has God created us for?
If you recall, we talked about how we are created to…
1) Honor God
2) Do good works for the Lord
3) Be a new creation in Christ
This week we’re going deeper into what it means to do good works for the Lord, why that is important, etc.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” –Ephesians 2:10
This letter (Ephesians) written to the church at Ephesus is written by Paul. He is writing to them from prison in either Rome or Caesarea. There is some debate on where he was being held. One interesting thing about Ephesians is that it begins (1:4-6) and ends (6:23-24) with love. Paul uses the word “agape” (unconditional love) 19 times over the course of this letter. (HCSB)
Ephesians has many themes including, redemption (1:7), the divine intention for the human race (1:3-14), grace (1:2), reconciliation and union with Christ (2:1-21), and predestination (1:4-5). There is a lot to say about this letter but I’ll get to the specific verse I want to focus on. (HCSB)
Again, I want to use the following verse:
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” –Ephesians 2:10
If we were to go back a few verses we would find even more of an understanding of what Paul is saying here. “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift– not from works, so that no one can boast.” Eph. 2:8-9 This shows how the next verse (2:10) isn’t saying what some people might assume. Christ doesn’t call us to do good deeds so that we can say we’ve done them. Paul reminds us here that our salvation does NOT come from works but from God’s grace through faith. So yes, we were created to do good works in the name of the Lord but we are not defined by our works.
Our works can be a huge witness to the people around us. Not only are these things important to give Glory to God but by your actions others can see Christ in you. Good works should done with the mindset of God getting Glory through them with an afterthought that what you’re could cause someone else to wonder, what’s different about her? This can be a tiny seed planted that the Lord will continue to grow. We are called to plant the seed, and God does the rest. I hope this was clear and understandable!
Some encouragement for this week…
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34 
Stay tuned for a special Thanksgiving post!
Laterz.

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