After Paul describes the completeness and fullness of Christ in Chapter 1, he reminds us how it was achieved
· Before, we were caught in a life of sin and disobedience, slaves the world’s ways
· We lived according to the world at some time craving carnal desires and deserving wrath
· But because of God’s great love for us, and in his great mercy we have been made alive with Christ, and through his great mercy – it is by grace we have been saved
· Through Christ we have been raised up and seated with Christ in the Heavenly realms
· It is by grace we have been saved through faith, and not of works, it is a gift of God and no one has any right to boast about it except in the work of Jesus
· God has prepared all of this for us in advance, and we have been created to do good works
· The separation that once existed on account of citizenship or the law apply no longer, Christ has unified us
· There is now no barrier between those chosen through the law and the promise, and everyone else, through faith we are all one in Christ, we have equal access to the Father, and we are all at home with God
· He is using us those faithful as building material in his holy, eternal temple, held together by Christ, the cornerstone – who is what everyone, everything else is built upon. This is our new spiritual home
Sin naturally moves me to doubt God’s love for me and to be attracted to other ways of achieving a right standing with him. This is an outright rejection of the gift that God has provided through only one way – Jesus. Nothing else will do. Since God has created me (us) to do good works, it is often through those things that I attempt to build my relationship with God. But as we see in the passage, if Christ is not the foundation, nothing else will do. The reasons for doing anything good are worthless without my Savior’s grace. If I can grasp this incredibly privileged gift for which I am unworthy, it will color everything I set my mind to do and every good act will be worship to God, thanking him, being led by him and being in agreement with his purpose. When I live like this life is full of joy and reason.
Lord Jesus, help me to stand on the solid rock of your provision and let it guide my heart, my mind, my soul and strength today. In all of my menial tasks remind me of why I do what I do so that it is all for you and by you and in you. Help remind me that nothing else matters. In Jesus’ name.
Posted on Fri, January 29, 2016
by joel king