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Summary: 2 of 2. The apostle Paul related that the intent of Jesus’ sacrifice was to release man to affect God’s purposes. Christians are the purposeful workmanship of God. But How/Why? Christian workmanship entails a hallmark...

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HIS WORKMANSHIP-II—Eph. 2:10

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Attention:

Christians are the very workmanship of God Almighty in Christ Jesus!

Need:

Why are you here?; Who am I?; How do I find my way?

Most people seem to think Christians are a little wacky, right?

We will answer that statement/question with a resounding “Yes,” but also offer you great reasons as to why you may think them to be so wacky. And by removing your own ignorance may even be inclined to accept such seeming 'wackiness' as something to be embraced!

The apostle Paul related that the intent of Jesus’ sacrifice was to release man to affect God’s purposes.

Christians are & exemplify the purposeful workmanship of God.

How/Why are Christians identified with the purposeful workmanship of God?

This morning we found that Christian workmanship entails a hallmark...

1. BELONGING(:10a)His workmanship

2. AGENT(:10b)Created in Christ Jesus

Tonight we will examine 3 remaining hallmarks of Christian workmanship.

3—Christian workmanship entails a hallmark...

PRODUCT(:10c)

Explanation:(:10c)For good works

“...created...for good works,...”

People generally have false ideas of what is indeed “good”(Mat. 19:16-17, 18-26), not realizing such a determination derives from God alone.

Things that may be considered intrinsically ‘good’ in-&-of themselves:

Civic concerns

The arts

The sciences

The humanities

Business

Judges

Leaders

Legislature & legislators

Educators & the educated

Household concerns

Care Givers

Sports heroes

Military heroes & endeavors

All these things(& many more) have ‘good’ aspects to them, which entail some aspect of ‘sacrifice’ or hold potential for being “good.” However their actual “goodness” is attained only when God is given free reign in them. Then these “works” are transformed into “good works.”

Mat. 19:16-22—“Now behold, one came & said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father & your mother,’ &, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have & give to the poor, & you will have treasure in heaven; & come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”


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