Biblical Reflections: Ephesians 2:10

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

I am always bemused when I hear people say, “Be your own man.” At least in the sense that we can and should do what we want to do without regard in any way to the opinions of others is at best shortsighted. In a worst case, it can lead to a general disregard for others and a lack of compassion leading to sinfulness. On the contrary, Paul wrote, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Christ paid the full ransom for His people, and God by His Holy Spirit dedicates or ordains these people as temples to be kept in his service as holy.

What does holiness mean to us realizing that we are also at war within ourselves with personal sin? It means that we like children must continually return to that basic principle laid down in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” We simply cannot trust ourselves. We must look to the Lord who sought us and bought us. Only then can we honor Him. We are made to do good works to illuminate are dark place and share the goodness of the Lord shone down upon us. Do good things!

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