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BAC Sermons

Good Works

2000-01-01 Ephesians 2:10

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


Good Works are a function of the light shining in us (having an unhindered relationship with God) and should result in God looking good in the eyes of others Mt 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.


The big guy deliberately engaged in GW Joh 10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shown you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?


GW (are distinguished from giving alms) don't make you immune from dying, but appear to increase your chances of getting a miraculous resurrection Ac 9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, who by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.


Glory hounds patiently continue to do GW even though they don't see the immediate payoff. Ro 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing good works) seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:


Ro 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise from the same:


GW are the proper adornment for a godly woman, should be done without wrath or doubting, but with reverence and sobriety (sound-minded, objective thinking) 1Ti 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with reverence and sobriety; not with braided

hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.


We can/should have a reputation for GW wich is gained by diligently following/chasing after every opportunity to render service to those in need. 1Ti 5:9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under sixty years old, having been the wife of one man, 10 Well reported of for good works; if she hath brought up children, if she hath lodged strangers, if she hath washed the saints' feet, if she hath relieved the afflicted, if she hath diligently followed every good work.


GW are obvious (just as is light in a dark place) 1Ti 5:25 Likewise also the good works [of some] are clearly evident beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.


The rich should be rich in GW (not just do them conviently) so they can be rich in the future world as well as this one. GW are distinguished from doing good, and being ready or willing to share. 1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to share; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation

against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.


You're not adequate to do GW unless you're first taught/reproved/corrected/instructed by the Word of God and the GW's flow out of a sanctified life (light) (otherwise you'll wind up just doing the soupkitchen bleeding heart liberal kind of thing to make yourself feel good/less guilty RATHER than what God wants/is pleased by [which the Word tells you about]). IT would also seem that every GW should have a Biblical basis/motivation, and/or that the Word should be involved in every GW. 2Ti 3:16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.


Mature believers are to be models of GW, flowing out of sober-objective thinking and an unreproachable life Tit 2:6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.  7 In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine [showing] integrity, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say concerning you.


We're to be as zealous for GW as we are for.....GW are a purpose of our redemption, and the result of a purified life (no purity, no good GW [are there bad GW?]). Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself [his own] special people, zealous of good works.


Knuckleheads must be reminded to do/maintain GW, and such GW are profitable for those doing them (as well as those benefited by them) Tit 3:8 [This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will

that thou affirm constantly, that they who have believed in God may be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.


See Titus outline/notes on the better translation of v14. Tit 3:13 Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing may be wanting to them. 14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they may not be unfruitful.


We have the responsibility to put some decent mental effort into inciting each other to acts of love as well as GW, part of the means of such incitement is assembling and shouting at each other Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to stir up to love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.


GW will even win over those who are hostile or antagonistic to Christianity. (The evil-doing in this verse is the irreligious act of refusing to burn insense to the Emperor as deity). 1Pe 2:12 Having your behavior honest among the Gentiles: that, though they speak against you as evildoers, they may by [your] good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.


Supernatural grace is necessary to do GW's. There's no lack on God's side, the only lack shortage is in our failure to receive or use as God intended. 2Co 9:8 And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work:


The GW in this context is that of giving to Paul's ministry. The GW was motivated by God. Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:


It pleases God when we have fruitful GW (meaning that our GW's accomplish their intend aim??? or that GW are the means of being faithful) Col 1:10 That ye may walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;


God gives us the strength (currency) to the the business of GW's 2Th 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, who hath loved us, and hath given [us] everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 2Th 2:17 Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.


Personal holiness (in which we've taken the initiative) is a prerequisite to GW's 2Ti 2:21 If a man therefore will cleanse himself from these, he shall be a vessel to honour, sanctified, and fit for the master's use, [and] prepared to every good work.


Failing to be pure disqualifies you from doing a GW Tit 1:15 To the pure all things [are] pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and to every good work disqualified. {reprobate: or, void of judgment} Tit 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,


GW are pleasing to God, the will of God, to the Glory of God, and the result of being perfected Heb 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.


GW are rewarded and usually appear to be toward the saints Heb 6:10 For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shown toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.


Ne 13:14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for its offices.

Mt 25:35 For I was hungry, and ye gave me food: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came to me.

Mt 26:7 a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he was eating. 10 When Jesus understood [it], he said to them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

1Th 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Re 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and that thou canst not bear them who are evil: and thou hast tried them who say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

Ps 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart. {within...: Heb. in the midst of my bowels}

Ps 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Joh 10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shown you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

Ac 10:38 That God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed by the devil; for God was with him.

Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. {partiality: or, wrangling}

Mt 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance:

Php 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

An abiding relationship with GOd is essential Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. {without me: or, severed from me}

TOYL Php 2:13 For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure.