Is The Bible Contradicting Itself?

Ephesians 2:10; For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them

WAIT A MINUTE! Yesterday’s verse was Eph. 2:9 Not by works; lest any man should boast. Now it’s telling us we’re created unto good works! Is this a contradiction? Yesterday’s verse is the end of a thought about our eternal salvation being a gift we didn’t earn. Today’s verse makes my point of why we should never quote the Word out of context. Here we have the reason for us to-do good works. What work? Spiritual work! God’s gift is spirit, the Bible refers to spiritual matters, the work we do is…spiritual work. The motives, agenda’s around us are based in a spiritual reality. The Devil, a spirit, is competing for your brain cells. It takes spiritual guidance and work with God to win that competition. 

But what I love about today’s verse the most is the amazing word workmanship, or poiema. Greek for; the created one, or Masterpiece. This word is a loving reminder of how God feels about us. We’re his masterpiece! It relates how special and amazing we are to him. As a writer, I’m striving to create a masterpiece. Something that will stand on its own as something truly special. That’s what God did inside us. It’s so special in fact that it will stand the test of eternity. Only God could create something that big and then package it in something simple enough for a child to use. 

Are you feeling less than special today? One of the best ways to get out of that funk is to realize what God feels about you. The Devil is hoping you’ll succumb to his campaign but don’t fall for it. Find joy in the knowledge of all that God created in you. You are God’s masterpiece and specially prepared to do the divine works he planned for you. But the real joy and understanding comes in the doing of those works, while kicking the devil’s butt.

God built a spiritual Lamborghini inside you, so let’s take it for a spin!

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