WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP

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

Leslie M John

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

How true it is that many men, in spite of being rich, enjoying pleasures and power, do not have peace, because they are not sure as to how their sins will be forgiven! Their sins keep haunting them in real life and in dreams. The more the money one has the more one has opportunities to fall into sin. Lord Jesus said:

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24)

There is nothing wrong to be rich, but the pleasures and the sin that money brings into one’s life is dangerous. Sin causes destruction to soul and no sinner will ever see everlasting life.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23)

Most of the people think it is by doing well to others, helping others, and living an honest life will take them to heaven. There is much confusion among people as they think that their good works will take them to heaven. One may feel happy doing good works in society worth the recognition, which are surely worthy of appreciation, and even worthy of rewards on this earth. However, that does not bring salvation to one. Only those good works that follow salvation are recognized by God for rewards.

Salvation is to be freed from sin, disaster and destruction and no one can save himself from sin unless the blood of Jesus cleanses them. Such cleansing is possible only when one accepts Lord Jesus as his personal savior and believes in heart that God raised Him from dead.

Doing good works will fetch man a good name on this earth; but will not remove inherent or imputed or personal sin from him. There are many verses in New Testament to show that good works follow after salvation, and God recognizes only such good works which are done after receiving salvation. (Matt. 5:16; John 10:32; Acts 9:36; Rom 9:11; 13:3; Eph. 2:10; 1Ti 2:10; 5:10, 25; 6:18; 2Ti 3:17; Tit 1:16; 2:7, 14; 3:8, 14; Heb. 10:24; James 3:13; 1Pet. 2:12)

No one except Jesus can become substitute to remove one’s sin from one’s life; and nothing that a man does will earn him salvation. It is only by grace through faith in Lord Jesus Christ that a man is saved. God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus in the form of servant, in the likeness of man, in order that whoever accepts Him as Savior will not perish but have everlasting life.

“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:10)

Lord Jesus, In His discourse with His disciples, said that if anyone desires to follow Him He should take up his cross and follow, (not the cross of Jesus; for no one will be able to take up the cross that Jesus took). Every sinner should surrender his will, his body and soul to the Lord.

Jesus questions as to how will it profit anyone who hankers after money, and worldly pleasures all his life. He says a man may gain whole world, yet if he loses his soul he has gained nothing. Man leaves behind on this earth, his entire wealth that he earned legally or illegally, for someone else to enjoy.

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)

A psalm written for the sons of Korah reads:

“They depend upon their wealth, and boast themselves in the abundance of their riches. None can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him, (For the redemption of their soul is costly, and must be given up forever,) That he should still live perpetually, and not see corruption. For he seeth that wise men die; all alike, the fool and the brutish perish, and they leave their wealth to others” (Psalms 49:6-10)


THE ONE NEW MAN - BOOK BY LESLIE JOHN  THE ONE NEW MAN

The Book of Acts contains historical facts of Apostles, primarily that Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul. The Book of Acts contains the historical transition of the “Kingdom” message to the message of ‘One New Man” the “CHURCH”, whose head is Lord Jesus Christ with members from Jews and Gentiles.

“Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace” (Ephesians 2:15

The phrase “one new man” referred to in Ephesians 2:15 is the one body of Christ that has members from Jews and Gentiles. They are made one in Christ and there is no difference between them.

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (Romans 10:12)

How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: (Ephesians 3:3-6)