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The "What" & "Why" of Being His Workmanship

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“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:10

Unction.

Ever heard of that word?

In the formal sense, it means to anoint someone for a specific duty or calling.

You.

You have been saved by grace through faith. Ephesians 2:8 tells us that.

You have not been saved by your own works. Ephesians 2:9 tells us that.

But, now that you are saved, you have been anointed for works.

Ephesians 2:10 tells us that.

You have a God given unction for a God given duty to carry out gospel driven works for His glory.

There are 4 truths that we can observe from Ephesians 2:10 that show this.


In the first place, let us observe our identity

Paul says, “For we are His workmanship.

The word Paul uses here for “workmanship” means craftsmanship or artisanship.

In the ancient Greek language it was often a word attributed solely to the creative power of the Greek gods.

Paul only used this word in one other place in the Bible.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things (workmanship, craftsmanship, artisanship) that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” -Romans 1:20

Now that you are saved by God’s grace, you are created new and masterfully crafted for His purposes.

Grace hands you over to God as blank canvas for Him to artistically craft you into a person for His glory.

He has His special signature on you.

This is your identity.

You are His craftsmanship in Christ.

His artisanship.

His workmanship.


In the second place, let us observe our purpose

Paul continues on saying that we are also “created in Christ Jesus for good works.”

Indeed, you are His workmanship as well as His workmen.

Created.

This word in the Bible is used exclusively in relation to God being the Creator. It’s never used of man’s creations.

Here are some examples:

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” -Colossians 1:16

“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” -Revelation 4:11

“Put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” -Ephesians 4:24

We have been created, or “created again” as it were, in Christ.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” -2 Corinthians 5:17

Every creation has a purpose.

Our new purpose in our newly created life in Christ is to carry out good works for Christ. (This is not our only new purpose of course, but simply the one we’re observing.)

Some might call slavery, but I call it glory.

You bear the seal of His Majesty upon your chest.

You are fulfilling purposes with the stamp of eternity.

You are carrying the tasks of a glory that will never fade.

You are working for a Kingdom that will never end, and for a compassionate King that will never fail.

You are a workman under the Throne that not even Ezekiel the prophet could describe in human words.

You, Christian, are working for the Most High King, and what an extraordinary purpose this is.


In the third place, let us observe our destiny

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand…”

Beforehand.

This is destiny.

God has a destiny for you.

He personally prepared it beforehand -before the foundations of the world were laid.

Destiny.

One thing we must all realize about God is that He never shoots from the hip. He always prepares and always makes ready what is to come.

Contrary to the skeptics view of God, who sees Him as a distant Figure who doesn’t care or involve Himself in our little world, the Bible declares God as a highly involved and well prepared influence in our day to day lives.

God is not taking it a day at a time.

He has planned every single second of every single day from beginning to end.

Therefore, there a destiny prepared for you by God.

Does that not excite you?

You are not left on your own to come up with works to do. He’s already made the preparations.


In the last place, let us take special note of our responsibility

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:10

Responsibility.

As a parent, instilling responsibility into my children involves both my preparations for them as well as their choice to walk in them.

Should.

Paul uses the word should. “Should” denotes the very idea of choice.

Often my children know what they should do, but they don’t. They resist because their will is not synced with mine.

So too it is with our walks with God.

By His grace He has prepared extraordinary ventures of faith for us, but we must surrender our will if we are to walk in them.

This is our responsibility.

Jesus Christ is our example of this truth. The work of the cross which He would accomplish was prepared beforehand by God. Yet, we discover that Jesus still had a responsibility to submit His own will to God in the Garden of Gethsemane.

If Christ Himself was responsible for making such a choice, how much more do we bear this responsibility who are also called to take up our crosses and follow Him?


We have an identity.

We have a purpose.

We have a destiny.

We have a responsibility.

All of this, because of grace.

Greg Stone

Author: Greg Stone

Husband to my beautiful bride. Father of 3 wild boys. Pastor. Owner of ChampKid Design. All For His Glory. Living in Bend, Oregon.

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