For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.Ephesians 2:10(NASB)
We are God’s masterpiece; God’s workmanship; God’s handiwork; God’s creatures – we are God’s new creation in Christ Jesus. We were born spiritually dead in our sins. In God’s eyes we were a rotting corpse - the putrefying remains of a fallen creation with no beauty that God should desire us - with no hope; help; comfort or peace in the world.
We were products of a fallen creation, estranged from our Creator and antagonistic towards our God - with all the carnal lusts and aspiration of fallen humanity and under the power of this world system - slaves to Satan.
But being so rich in mercy, in His gracious loving-kindness God loved us, and even though we were in the pitiable state of death because of our sins, He gave us life in Christ. Our present condition is irredeemable – for a fallen creature can never change – but when He raised Christ from the dead, God exchanged our old life in Adam for our new life in Christ, for when HE died WE died and when Christ was risen we too were raised from our state of death into newness of life.
We must never forget that it is only by God's grace that we have been saved. It is only by God's grace that we have salvation and we access that salvation - through faith. For by grace we are saved, through faith, and not of ourselves lest we boast for salvation is a gift of God’s grace.
But we have not been raised to newness of life for no purpose - we are made God’s masterpiece in Christ Jesus in order that we may be able to perform the good acts and good works, which God prepared for us to do, before we were even born.
Actions and works that cannot be performed by the old putrefying person we were before salvation (the old man which was governed by the old sin nature).
Actions and works can only be carried out through our new abundant life in Christ, which is to be governed and guided by the Holy Spirit working in and through us, so that the works that I do are not of me (my old self ) but my new nature in Him.
How wonderful that we truly are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Loving Father, praise Your wonderful name that I am Your handiwork – may my life be lived to serve You in word and deed to Your praise and glory, in Christ’s name I pray, AMEN.