He's Not Done with You Yet!
Terry J. Hallock
March 5, 2000
This morning I want to zero in on the promise of verse six: "...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." If you are in Christ, God has begun a "good work" in you and He will not stop until that work is not only complete but perfect. If you have confessed with your lips that Jesus is the Christ and believed in your heart that God raised Him from the dead then you are God's unique project. In you and through you He is doing something so special, so divine and so dynamic that it will change the world. You have been chosen to be a world-changer. You have been set apart to be a miracle worker. And God will not stop doing in you what He has chosen to do through you until it is accomplished.
This illustration is a simple one, but it will make the point. A down-and-outer -- some would call him a bum -- comes to you in dire need. His dirty ragged dress is only the outer sign of his destitution and need. He is hungry and sick as well. You give him a bath and a change of clothing, but that is not enough. He is undernourished and sick, needing food and a doctor. Perhaps more, he needs love and friendship, healing of hurts, restoration of dignity, new purpose and meaning. Your work through him will not be completed in him until he is not only cleaned up on the outside but healed on the inside and sent back out into the world as a new creation doing a new thing.
You came to Jesus, not in dirty outer rags but clothed in the garments of sin, spiritually starving and sick unto death. Yet despite your spiritual filthiness you were welcomed by Christ and accepted. He took you and bathed you in His love and forgiveness. He then clothed you in His grace and received you as a child of the kingdom, just as though you were sinless not sinful. In that moment God saw you as righteous in Christ. That is your new status. S ...
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