43 God’s WorkPosted: November 28, 2012
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, Who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor. 5:17-21
Jesus blood cleanses us so that “in Him we might become the righteousness of God”. We cannot add to the blood; we can only receive it in faith. We diminish our view of the blood if we think or act like we need to add to it. When we strive to reconcile ourselves to God, we fail to recognize that the blood of Jesus is completely-sufficient to reconcile the world to Himself.
May the God of peace, Who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory forever and ever. Hebrews 13:20-21
God is the One to “equip [us] for doing His will” and to “work in us what is pleasing to Him”. I heard Dan Juster say it this way, “Our ability to obey is not from the Law, but from being connected to the Vine.” We are being transformed by God through our relationship with Him.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him Who called us by His own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3
Power to live the Christian life comes from God. God is powerful and able.
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, Who is the Spirit 2 Cor. 3:18
We “reflect the Lord’s glory”. The glory comes from God; we simply receive it and pass it to others. We are “being transformed”. Notice the verb tense in Romans 12:1-2 is passive.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not us. 2 Cor. 4:7
The power, glory and credit all go to God. He even gives us the faith to believe in Him! Eph 2:8-9
A “jar of clay” containing His glory,
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