“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works…” (Eph. 2:10)
We have been talking about being vs. doing – and the vital importance of seeing ourselves in light of God’s provision, through the completed work of Christ.
Most Christians do not really understand what Jesus came to do. We have so often reduced the gospel to a message about forgiveness for our sins… (so important, yes!) but encompassing little else. If that is all we see in Jesus’ work on our behalf, we’ll always live far beneath what God has provided for us, in the work of His Son.
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Everything we needed, has been provided (perfectly) through Christ. Everything!
We needed to be forgiven. We have been forgiven through Christ. We needed to be holy. We have been made holy through our Redeemer (Heb. 10:10). We needed to be righteous. We have been made righteous through Christ (Rom. 3:21-22). We needed deliverance from the power of sin. We have been delivered from sin’s power through Christ (Rom. 6:6). We needed release from the prison of our past. We have been released through Christ (John 8:32,36). We needed to be healed and made whole in our souls. We have been healed and made whole through Christ (1Pet. 2:24). And on and on…
Whatever we needed, God has already met our need through Christ. Completely! There is nothing that we need that has not already been fully supplied through the work of Jesus, on our behalf. There is also nothing we can DO to make any of this happen.
“Well, that’s wonderful… but just what does that actually mean for us?”
It means that our whole focus in life has shifted. We are not trying to become something better… or waiting on God to provide something that we lack… or apply all our efforts and energies into being good – or religious – or faithful.
Jesus did not come just to cleanse us of our sins and give us a new lease on life. Jesus came to make us ready for a new kind of life. A life based on GOD living within us, and working through us, to accomplish His purposes through our lives (Eph. 2:10).
Does God know how to do what is right? Does God know how to live a holy life? Does God know how to impact the world around us with His love… perfectly?
Of course, we all know the answers to these questions. The point is that this is exactly what is available for each and every believer in Jesus.
In salvation, God the Almighty comes to live within us. Think about that for a moment…
He does not come just to fellowship with us (which is wonderful), or to deal with our messes, or to make us feel good about ourselves – but to do God kind of things, from within us, in each and every moment of our lives.
That is His goal. That is why Jesus came to die for every sinner in this world.
So every sinner would BE a proper dwelling place for God Almighty.
We, as Christians, are often so fixed on trying to do all the right and godly things (and trying to get everyone else to do them too) – that we miss the whole point of the gospel message. We miss the main reason why Jesus came.
He came to make us His Own. He came to make us suitable for Himself. And He came to live within us – and work though us – so other people could become His vessels too.