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Be Filled with the Fruits of Righteousness (1 of 4)
Let us take confidence in the fact that our calling goes far beyond the foot of the cross. Our calling does not end at the cross, but begins at the cross. It should inspire us that God takes care to develop us and shape our character into His image. Our salvation is not the completed work of God but the beginning of what God seeks to do in our lives. The word 'work' taken from verse 6 comes from the Greek word ergon, which literally means 'to produce an accomplished product by hand' and 'complete' or 'epiteleo' means to complete to perfection. Paul is telling us to be confident in our fellowship in the gospel knowing that your relationship with God means that God works in you with individual, careful attention so that He can bring you into heaven as an accomplished treasure fashioned by His own hand. You are an individual treasure with such immense value that the Bible says that the entire world does not compare to the value of your soul. The shaping of your salvation is compared to the refining of precious metals such as gold and silver. With impurities in the metal, the value is stripped. Each refining only increases the value. The only way you can be incomplete when you stand before God on the 'Day of the Lord' is by ignoring His call for you to follow.
So what is our role in the process of refining? We must actively submit to God. When we resist and go our own ways, God does not shape us. God has given us a free will so that we must choose to love God and choose to love the things of God or choose our own ways. He could force us into a mold, but then we would be no different than the rest of creation. God has clearly shown His love toward us by paying the debt of our sins by His blood on the cross. If we have truly trusted Him with our sins, we shouldn't have trouble trusting Him with our lives. There are 3 areas we must act upon as revealed ...
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