Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:07 AM

A Work of Art a Masterpiece

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:07 AM
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:07 AM

Ephesians2.10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. This verse, beginning with “For”, tells why this salvation is not from man or by his works. The reason is that salvation is God’s workmanship. The word “workmanship”, used only here and in Romans 1:20 denotes a work of art or a masterpiece. It differs from human “works” in Ephesians 2:9. Believers are God’s workmanship because they have been created (a work only God can do) in Christ Jesus. The purpose of this creation is that believers will do good works. God’s workmanship is not achieved by good works, but it is to result in good works (Titus 2:14; Titus 3:8).

 In the clause, which God prepared in advance for us to do, the word “which” refers back to the “works” in the previous clause. “For us to do” is literally “in order that we might walk in them.” The purpose of these prepared-in-advance works is not “to work in them” but “to walk in them.” In other words, God has prepared a path of good works for believers which He will perform in and through them as they walk by faith. This does not mean doing a work for God; instead, it is God’s performing His work in and through believers (Phil. 2:13).

In conclusion, Eph2.10 demonstrates that though people were spiritually dead and deserving only God’s wrath, God, in His marvelous grace, has provided salvation through faith. Believers are God’s workmanship in whom and through whom He performs good works.[1]



[1] Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1983-). The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures (Eph 2:10). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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