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Good Works of a Christian

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Good Works of a Christian (NLT)

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12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.

13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

14 Do everything without complaining and arguing,

15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

16 Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.

The born-again Christian should practice good works. He should act, talk and live differently. Jesus spoke of Christians as being lights—. We can either shine for the Lord, or we can hide our light. A light is of no value unless it is used. The church often does not have an impact upon the world because the Christians are not producing good works.

I. The Good Works of Salvation—v.

A. Daily choices. Note Joshua’s words in .

But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

Then see Elijah’s words in .

Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.

21 Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.

B. Daily consecration. Caleb followed the Lord fully—. Demas was with Paul for a short time but went back into the world—.

II. The Good Works of the Savior—v.

A. Purpose of God. He wants His will done in our lives. David had this desire. See .

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.

And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

B. Plan of God. All Christians should bring pleasure unto the Lord. Jesus obeyed God fully.

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

III. The Good Works of Separation—vv.

A. Agreeable—v. 14. Do all things without complaining or arguing. Paul warns of how God destroyed those who complained in the Old Testament.

And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.

10And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.

B. Acceptance—v.

1. Spotless—“… Be blameless and harmless …” See .

But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

48But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

2. Sons of God

2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.

2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
3And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.

3. Separation—“… Without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation

Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

1Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

4. Shining—“… Ye shine as lights in the world.”

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

16In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

IV. The Good Works of Sharing—vv.

A. Scripture—v. 16. By accepting God’s Word Paul did not work in vain.

Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

15Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.

B. Surrender—v. . Paul was willing to die if it would help spread God’s Word.

C. Sharing—v. 18. Rejoice, even if it means dying for the Lord. Paul’s life was fully given unto the Lord.

Some non-Christians produce more good works than the born-again Christian. Jesus said the world should see our good works—. Some non-dedicated Christians bring shame to God’s work by not living a fully dedicated Christian life. Thank God for those who live so that they bring honor and glory to God and His work.
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