“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
– Philippians 1:6 NLT
Fine craftsmanship is an art that should be deeply appreciated. The artistry of a master is evidenced in his masterpiece. Paul reminds us, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Eph 2:10 NLT)
The apostle had a certainty and confidence that what God began, He would always finish.
He Creates. At the moment of surrender, God begins a supernatural work in each of us. Paul writes to the Christ-followers in Ephesus, “But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)” (Eph 2:4, 5 NLT). Our hearts were focused on selfishness, but God freed us with salvation. Death to life. Grave to grace. The apostle reminds us. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Cor 5:17 ESV)
He Continues. We are not left alone in the process of becoming new creations in Christ. We are the clay in the Potter’s hand. The prophet Jerimiah records God’s illustration “and he reworked [the clay] into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.” (Jer 18:4 ESV). He softens, He shapes until He is satisfied. Giver writes, “As God hovers over His creation, centering us or shaping us or even restoring us from collapse, He may transform us in ways we never imagined.” The psalmist encourages with God’s attentiveness, “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” (Ps 138:8 ESV).
He Completes. God will finish what He starts. Spence writes, “The good work is God’s; He began it and He will perfect it.” The apostle encourages believers in Corinth with these words, “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus . . . who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 1:4, 8 ESV). In complete confidence, we trust in His finished work . . . free of guilt and full of grace.
We are God’s masterpiece in the making . . . and the Master Craftsman is good at what He does.