Inspector Fruit Goes to Ephesus
Many of us have Ephesians 2:8-9 memorized.
”For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
God’s undeserved favor towards us, in all aspects of ‘salvific glory’ and the faith that we possess as believers, are both gifts from Him. We bring nothing to the table of reconciliation that we have not already been given by God. As a result of this complete gifting no one can boast about their position in Christ.
What I want to meditate on; however, is verse 10:
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
We are God’s creation, and in Christ a new creation (a new self) made for the purpose of preordained good works. I like the way the NLT translates this passage – “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
And what are these good things? Mosey on down to chapter 4:25-32 and find out. Here’s a list:
- Speaking the truth to one another in love and getting rid of lies.
- Being un-sinfully angry at evilness and deceptions and making sure that we keep a clear slate as to not wake up in the morning finding a satanic algebraic equation written on our cardio chalkboard.
- Finding an honorable job or business endeavor to legitimize our provision source and making sure that we purpose to share charitably what we earn with those who need our help.
- Guarding our mouths so that we speak and respond to others gracefully, learning to talk constructively so that we can build each other up in the faith.
- Avoiding being bitter, hateful, ticked off, pugnacious, mean, resentful, slanderous, and vindictive.
- Acting kind, being considerate, moving tenderly, and forgiving others no matter what the crime.
Notice that these good things all have to do with manifesting and exhibiting and displaying a new nature. They are not optional and they are definite. These good works are all outward signs of an inner change – a new heart will produce new fruit. So the questioner then presents Himself with a Divine badge of authority asking us, “You who claim to know me, what fruit basket have you woven?”