|Posted by pastorsloan on May 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM|
SAVED UNTO GOOD WORKS
A group from our church headed to Biloxi, MS to do hurricane recovery work. This is the devotion that I delivered in Biloxi.
Ephes. 2:1-10 (ESV)
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins
 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—  among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,  even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—  and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Why do we need Jesus Christ?
1. We are disobedient enemies of God and children of wrath. (2:1-3)
2. God’s extends His mercy, love, and grace to us in the person and work of Jesus Christ. (2:4)
3. It is in Jesus Christ that we are made alive, forgiven of our sins, and spared from the wrath of God to come. (2:5-7)
4. We come to Jesus Christ by grace through Faith and receive the benefits of His death and resurrection. (2:8-9)
Do we come to God just for salvation without wanting the rest?
So often the Good News of Jesus Christ is presented in a way that forgiveness of sin and escape from the wrath of God is seen as the end. Even eternal life is seen
as a by-product.
We fail to see what we have been saved unto. Our God has saved us and spared us from wrath for specific purposes.
The Purposes for Our Salvation
Westminster Shorter Catechism says “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
1. To bring us into Fellowship with God (enjoy Him forever)
of the great love with which he loved us (2:4)
so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (2:7)
God has saved us to be continual objects of His love, kindness, and grace.
1 John 1:3-5 (ESV)
that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
2. To do good works (Glorifying Him)
 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
John 14:12 (ESV)
"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
We leave behind the evil works of our former ways.
We leave behind the supposed good works we have done that can not save, in which we have tried to boast but can not.
We go on to those good works that God has prepared before hand for us to walk in.
We are here to do this good work in His name. God has prepared this good work for us in advance.
And these good works are to the glory of God.
Col. 1:10 (ESV)
so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
What kind of fruit do you bear? It is real fruit or it is fake fruit.
Why do we do our good works?
To earn God’s favor?
To do something good?
Because God has a work for you to do?
Examine your heart to see if you are living according to what God has saved you unto to.