x491........Good Works---Beautiful energy
The definition of "good works" is literally--"beautiful energy". It does not refer to our obedience to the law--as is often thought. The Bible tells us clearly that we are not saved by our works--we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ--but these are "the works of the law"--this refers to our obedience to the laws of the old testament--thank God that the blood sacrifice of Jesus at the cross has freed us from obedience to law as our salvation--we are saved by grace through faith and not by works. However, the Bible tells us plainly, that one of the purposes of Christ's coming was to free us from sin--that we might serve God--that we might do good works--the same works that Jesus Himself did. Gods' works consist of praying for the sick--feeding the poor--bringing deliverance to those in need--taking in strangers--visiting those in prison--releasing others to serve God----and of course preaching the Gospel freely to all.
The phrase "good works" is only found in the New Testament
Matthew 5:16* Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
This is the end of the parable of the sower. It speaks of the process of sowing and reaping--which is clearly the act of ministry--The act of sowing the word of God in the earth, in order to reap the harvest of souls that the Lord desires. It is interesting to note that this call is given to everyone--not just to specific people--there are not specific people in the body of Christ which are signified as "sowers"--but this call of witnessing the Gospel is to all of us. Directly after this parable, Jesus makes the statement that we do not light a lamp and hide it--under a covering. This is speaking of the ministry of witnessing the Gospel which we are all called to--and He is relating it to the fact that our ministry should NOT be covered--but that our good works should shine before men--in order that God will be glorified. NO covering.
John 10:32* Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
Jesus is here referring to the miracles of healing and deliverance which He was operating in. Again this scripture relates ministry and good works. Note that Jesus was persecuted for His ministry by the established authority in Israel--the priests, elders, pharisees and scribes. Have you ever been questioned by authority in your church for ministering?
Acts 9:36* Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
'Almsdeeds" is a term which means giving to the poor. We see an example of a woman who is ministering--something which some legalistic churches still have trouble with--oh the limitations we have wrongly placed on serving God!
Romans 13:3* For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
In context, this reference to "good works" is not speaking of ministry works--but rather the obedience to worldly authority. The "good works" here refered to are civil laws and being obedient to the authorities which are in the world. It is important to understand that these "authorities" are in the world--and specifically NOT in the church!
Ephesians 2:10* For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
The book of Ephesians which is all about ministry and the glorious church, is referring here to the central message of the book--which is that ministry is a gift. Notice that we (all) are created for good works (ministry). We should live our life doing these good works--doing our ministry. We are ordained by God--NOT by man! God Himself sets us aside--"ordains" all of us to have a specific service to His purposes in our life. We all have a specific ministry, which God has ordained us to do---which we are told to "walk" in--to "live" in. Our ministry is meant to be our life walk.
1Timothy 2:10* But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
This verse says that women should dress simply and not be preoccupied with such things--but rather that they ought to be doing their good works-(ministry).
1Timothy 5:10* Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
This verse again defines good works for us--taking in strangers--helping the afflicted. "Washing the saints feet" refers to Christian leadership--Jesus washed the feet of the apostles and said that we ought do the same. He said if we did not operate leadership in this way, we would have no part with Him. Washing the feet of other Christians is the way of Christian leadership--again--specifically NOT authority over others (see Luke 22:25-29)
1Timothy 5:25* Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
1Timothy 6:18* That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
This is a Bible command for those that are wealthy. To be "willing to communicate" means to have a common ground with others in order to give to their needs. If we have wealth as Christians--we are called as a ministry to share with others on a common level--and not have social hierarchy based on money within he church.
2Timothy 3:17* That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
This verse tells us that all scripture is given to us by God--with the purpose that we can be equipped for our good works (ministry). Certainly it is the Bible which equips us toward our ministry--it is the word of God which gives us the weapon to use against the enemy (the sword of the Spirit). But again notice that it speaks to "the man of God" it does NOT say "all scripture is given by God in order to equip the ministry--or the clergy--or "some" of us--to do good works. The sword is for any Christian who will pick it up and use it for God.
Titus 2:7* In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
Here good works refers to teaching (doctrine)--the same Greek word which is used in Ephesians 4:11--didaskolos--one of the 5 ministry gifts.
Titus 2:14* Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
This verse tells us (as is stated in many other places as well) the fullness of Jesus' ministry. To save, to redeem us from sin--with the result that we will desire to do good works. Once again this promise is for all--NOT just for certain of us--rather God's desire is that all those who are redeemed should serve Him--that all who have been purified by His blood--should serve God.
Titus 3:7-8* 7* That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8* This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
This verse says that we ought to affirm constantly--that we ought to consistantly remind ourselves and others--that since we have been justified by His grace--we all should maintain good works. WE should encourage all to do good works--we should remind one another to serve God and do good for His purposes.
Titus 3:14* And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
Hebrews 10:24* And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
This verse encapsulates what is said in 1 Corinthians chapter 12-14. The Bible always tells us that the 2 things that Christians need to continually strive toward are to love God and love one another to a greater degree--and also all Christians should strive toward good works--we all ought to strive toward the gifts and ministry which God has given for us to serve Him.
1Peter 2:12* Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Christian good works are what get people saved!