The Divine Masterpiece
The Divine Masterpiece
By Dave Breese
Many a sermon is preached and many an interesting discussion is centered around the question, What is a Christian? The discussion is a valid one because it points to many an answer to that question which is given to us in the Word of God. We can helpfully note a number of those answers.
These are but a few of the assertions made in the Word of God as to the nature of the Christian. With all of these in mind, we are surprised and enormously complimented by one of the great descriptions of the Christian given us in the Word of God. The Scripture says, For we are His workmanship (Eph. 2:10). Before we dismiss this as an ordinary statement, note that this word, workmanship is very special. It is the word, poema. Yes, it is the word from which we get our word, poem. Its true meaning is masterpiece. One of the greatest kinds of masterpieces in this world comes in the form of poetry. Even so, we are made as divine masterpieces by the great Artist of the universe, who does all things well.
Divine masterpiece, what a way of describing the Christian! This means at least that theres something very special about a Christian. It really means that the Christian is the best thing that God ever made in the history of the universe. Yes, the sun, the moon, the stars, the beauties of natureall of these are impressive things. However, all of these will perish, but not the Christian. This divine and eternal masterpiece will live forever!
Having declared us to be a masterpiece, God understandably states the purpose for which we were created, the purpose for which Jesus saved us. We are created in Christ Jesus unto good works. May we suggest that there is a special meaning to this passage?
When the Bible uses the word works, it cannot refer to nugatory activity. It is implicit that our doings are accomplishments, works that will matter for time and for eternity.
We notice also that we are created unto good works. We can be forgiven for suggesting that when God uses the word good, He is speaking of something magnificent. It is, therefore, clear from the Word of God that we have been saved by the grace of Jesus Christ for the purpose of producing magnificent accomplishments in this world. Indeed, God has before ordained that we should walk in them. Therefore the characteristic, the norm of the Christian life should be magnificent accomplishments. These are the divine intention; they are ordained by God as the purpose of our lives.
Some suggestions for magnificence come to mind
Yes, why not do something magnificent today? To whom? Like loving someone who is not handsome and talented. Like forgiving someone who does not deserve it. Like asking the question, What would Jesus do? And then doing it.
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