https: That we should walk in them - not 'be saved' by them. General Epistles "Sermon Bible Commentary". In the fact that the “work”--whatever it be--is God’s own appointment for you, there is a sure warrant of success. He must soften a heart. As we carry out good works in the love of God we are fulfilling God’s purpose in us. It is not easy when your kids come and show you their socks showing through the holes in the soles of their tennis shoes, and you do not have the money to buy a new pair of shoes which you know they will have to have before they go to school tomorrow. We are not yet planted out under the open heavens and in the soil which is to be our eternal home. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point We discontinue or break off our walk when we cease to do good; but the more we mind good works the more we proceed in our way (Philippians 3:14). A cup of cold water could not purchase salvation for the sinner; but a cup of cold water, given in the name of Jesus, shall in no wise lose its reward, because it is the test that the believer loves his Master. (b) In order to our service and obedience to God. On the other hand the works of which Paul speaks here are those that result from a heart and life changed by God, and they produce fruit for eternity. There is the intellectual method, and the method of a full mind and loving heart. ", Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. If we are God’s workmanship, never let us be ashamed to let men see God’s workmanship in us. He intended that we walk in them, as a pedestrian walks along a path, before He saved us (cf. The lesson is clear. What is one resource God has given you which you can generously share? I look back to the ancient moralists, to Plato, and to Seneca, and to Marcus Antoninus, and I find that they are my brethren in calamity. The picture must be finished by that same Master-hand which first sketched it. The word “walk” is often used in the Scriptures to denote the course of life; notes on Romans 6:4. The first stroke that helps to fashion us into Christians comes from the Lord’s own hand. And we can only get the inspiration which it contains as we set ourselves to realize our personal share in it. We may add that the good works, even at our passage,—where, moreover, they are traced back wholly to God as the author,—are so far from being the condition of justification, that, on the contrary, the dogmatic canon here receives full confirmation: “Bona opera non praecedunt justificandum, sed sequuntur justificatum.” Comp. “of what the apostle means” by these expressions, but that they “denote the operation of the Holy Spirit in making men alive, and enabling them to do good works by means of the advantages that they enjoy.” Which God hath before ordained — Or appointed in his eternal counsels, and in the declarations of his word; it being his will and pleasure, that they who have believed on him through his Son, and are thereby made new creatures, should be careful to maintain good works, Titus 3:8. Will the work ever be completed? 1700-1703. God has beforehand written a good biography for every man to live. Therefore we must live by the strength and wisdom which He provides. Renewal 1960. Good works are always inspired by the Holy Ghost. Thus shall you find peace in submitting yourself to the wisdom which is of God.—E. He does not say that we are assisted by God. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. All those acts of love and affection, of kindness, sympathy, and liberality towards the Lord"s people; all those instances of self-denial and willingness rather to suffer than to do wrong; all those proofs of unselfish desire to do all the good we can according to our means, position, and circumstances of life; all that striving after and maintaining integrity and uprightness of conduct in all matters of business and trust; all that strict and scrupulous adherence to our word, even to our own injury; all that Christian fulfillment of our relative duties, and the social relationships of husband and father, wife and mother, which the Scripture has enjoined—in a word, all those works which by almost unanimous consent are called "good" by men, are only really and truly good as wrought in the heart, lip, and life by the power of God. Indeed, all that profess the reformed religion affirm that faith is the root of all graces, that Divine virtue is the basis and foundation of all good works; this they maintain, and have good reason to do so; but still they hold that good and holy works are indispensably requisite in Christianity, and that no man can be excused from performing them, and that those whose lives are utterly devoid of them have no right faith and no true religion. They brand us with the name of Solifidians, as if faith monopolized all our religion. Verse 10b: "...good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." ), It is not one or two good actions, but a good conversation, which will speak a man to be a right Christian. If a person claims to have given his life to God and yet lives exactly the same way as before, then there is a good chance that decision wasn’t genuine. General Epistles All the glory for the change goes to God. And we should not think that we can finish by our own efforts that which He started in our lives with His power.