Hebrews 10:14 In sum, because of what God does, we cooperate and produce works that He ordains. It is barren that is so intriguing. This is a major reason why the "welfare mentality," dragged into the church from the world, is so damaging. It might help to think of this in reference to God revealing Himself to Moses in the burning bush before He sent him to Egypt. Its literal meaning is "no work" [a (negative) + ergon (work)]! 1 John : John W. Ritenbaugh For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. It is the same principle as in marriage. Jesus admonishes us to, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able" (Luke 13:24). Thus, the eighth day of the week is Sunday, in reality the beginning of the new week. Works are required. Faith is required. Submitting to God's will entails some measure of work because human nature, Satan, and ingrained habits must be overcome. In other words, we are wholly the result of God’s creative, redemptive, and sanctifying work, and we belong to Him. God has graciously quickened us, saved us, made us new creatures, and prepared us unto good works. However, the new man of whom Paul speaks is not new because of physical circumcision. (verse 26). The book of Ephesians is about unity, about diverse people—the Gentiles on the one hand and the Jews, primarily the Israelites, on the other—living together as part of a common body. His work is termed a "new creation." The works, of course, have other purposes as well. Titus 2:11-14 In Galatians 6:12-16; Ephesians 2:10-18; and Colossians 3:9-11, Paul broaches the subject of circumcision. The gift includes His calling, the granting of repentance, the sacrifice of Christ for our forgiveness, and His giving of His Spirit. It is God who saved us; as new creatures, he had made us through the gospel. Eight is the number of "new beginnings," the idea being that seven is the number of perfection, and seven plus one - eight - restarts the cycle. The gospel is the medium that provides knowledge of the objects of the faith He gives, that is, what we believe and trust in. Along with a multitude of other verses, Ephesians 2:8-10 makes it abundantly clear that, though works do not save a person, they are nonetheless required by God.Since works are required, understanding this aspect of the works issue comes down to comprehending when they are required and the reasons God requires them. 1 John : God ordained this from the very beginning. It destroys human responsibility to God and each other, greatly hindering one's submission to God's will. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Notice first how this chapter begins: He has made us alive (Ephesians 2:1). In the physical realm, a fertile male and a fertile female are both required conditions for reproduction for most forms of life. Without obedience, faith is dead, worthless. It is incredible but true that people worry and argue whether keeping the commandments of God are required as works. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. The reason is, simply, because it is His will that we do them. The Revised Standard Version translates James 2:20 in a very interesting and appropriate way: "Do you want to be shown, you shallow man, that faith apart from works is barren?" Ephesians 2:8-10 1 John 2:29 It is his ordination that all who believe the gospel and are saved should practice good works. In verses 9-10, he advances to the logical "next step" in God's purpose. Martin G. Collins Ephesians 2:8-10. His concern in the final two letters to His churches is about conduct, overcoming, and works. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Created unto good works - That afterwards we might give ourselves to them. Works do not pass from the picture because we are saved by grace. The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. II Corinthians 5:17-18 confirms this: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Galatians 3:9 Ephesians : This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. This is the important symbolic message behind physical circumcision: The boy - the man - circumcised on the eighth day is a "new man.". Doing them promotes growth of godly character and provides a shining example of true Christian living. The right kind of works, righteous deeds and acts. The Bible everywhere urges us not to be content with our present spiritual state. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. . The Greek word James uses is argos (instead of nekra, "dead," as in verses 17 and 26), meaning "lazy," "unproductive," "unprofitable," "idle," "ineffective." Obedience and keeping the law are prerequisites to true, living faith. What enables two different people to live together in marriage? 2:10 For we are his workmanship - Which proves both that salvation is by faith, and that faith is the gift of God. This is why in Revelation 2 and 3 Christ consistently mentions works, conduct, doctrine, faith, repentance, warning, promises, and overcoming—and warns, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. We are not saved by works, but are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, designed henceforth to abound in them. Ephesians 2:8-9 If either condition is absent or inactive, barrenness or lack of new life results. It is the right works that make life worth living, that prove to God our understanding of His purpose, and show His love in us. By definition, the new man is spiritually circumcised - circumcised in his mind. Colossians : Remember, "By grace are you saved," as well as that we have been created for good works. We have a long way to go to grow to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Of course they are! God has summoned us to salvation. Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship. Revelation 2-3 and Works. Ephesians 2:2 - Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (Verses like Ephesians 2:2) 1 Timothy 2:10 - But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. All our works, beginning with repentance and continuing through our period of sanctification, depend directly on the freely given kindness and faith God provides. Our God-ordained good works are the result of our response to the gift of faith that God gives. What do we have to do so that we can live together? 1 Corinthians 11:1 Revelation 20:12-13. God's Word exhorts us to proceed energetically and solve the problems of life according to His instructions. This corroborates that it is God working in the person. That love is then shown to the world and ensures that the proper witness is made for Him. It should be enough for God's children to do as He wills simply because He has bidden us. Is the Christian Required To Do Works? Proverbs 31:8-9 to godliness" (I Timothy 4:7)? Basic Doctrines: Faith Toward God. James was writing to those who had accepted the doctrine of Justification by Faith but were not Living Right, telling them that such Faith was No Faith at all. In the same way, a person having only faith will produce nothing profitable; he needs a steady "rain" of work to grow and mature. If a person cannot find God on his own, how could he possibly have faith in Him? Ephesians 2:10, KJV: "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Faith without works is dead. In his Bible Handbook, Henry H. Halley states that: Paul's doctrine of Justification by Faith, and James' doctrine of Justification by Works, are supplementary, not contradictory. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. Faith with works is life—eternal life! In Philippians 3:14, Paul proclaims, "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."