Tuesday, September 8, 2015

“The Finisher”

     God finishes what He starts.  This especially applies to His born again children in the Lord Jesus Christ, who serves as "the Author and Finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2).

    "He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).

    Keeping in heart and mind that we are "the Lord's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works" greatly helps us to fulfill our role in the relationship of grace received by faith (Ephesians 2:10).  We respond to His faithful execution of guiding and enabling our walk with Him, or as the Apostle Paul wrote, we "work out" that which God "works in" (Philippians 2:12-13).  Indeed, to the degree we realize, understand, and accept the loving involvement of our Heavenly Father will be the degree to which we experience and express the blessed reality thereof.  "My expectation is from Him" declared David of a life lived in anticipation that the God who is present in our lives is also the God who also actively continues the good work He began when we trusted the Lord Jesus (Psalm 62:5).   Or as Paul affirmed, "I also labor, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily" (Colossians 1:29).

    Of Christ, the writer of Hebrews proclaimed that He "upholds all things by the word of His power" (Hebrews 1:3).  This especially involves ourselves and the being and life to which God calls His trusting children.  We require His ongoing perpetuation of our faith no less than we required His working in our hearts to originate it.  We can absolutely sure of this good work of grace, and again, to the degree we grow in such assurance will be the degree to which we respond accordingly.  Our Lord finishes what He starts.  Especially us...

"The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me."
(Psalm 138:6)
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is He who calleth you, who also will do it."
(I Thessalonians 5:23-24)

Weekly Memory Verse
    For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."
(Romans 5:10)

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