What are the works that God prepared beforehand that we would walk in them? We will first start in Ephesians 2:4 to get God’s Mind on the subject. But God, who is rich in MERCY, for His Great LOVE, wherewith He LOVED US (in CHRIST JESUS BTFOTW), Even when we were dead in sins, Has he quickened us/made alive with/together with Christ by grace are we saved. And raised/resurrected us up together (because of his one on one union with us, by his Substitutionary work on our behalf), and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Gk word for MADE is 4776 Synkathizo -syn 4862 meaning – Accompanied with and beside Christ for the reason of union with, sit down together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, made or allowed to sit at the KINGS TABLE (ESTER 5:1-2 and 2 SAMUEL 9:7-13, Psalm 65:4 Mephibosheth). (kathizo 2523 – Meaning to take one from a place of JUDGEMENT and CONDEMNATION, TO a place of Favor and Complete Restoration/Redemption, to place, seat someone, APPOINT them to sit/rest/recline upon, Jesus Bosom as their Perfect Sacrifice and Mercy Seat, where before we were solely his Enemies and it was solely a Judgement Seat, before the Cross, to stay and live forevermore in HIM!) that in the ages (age of the kingdom which is everlasting kingdom) to come He would show the Exceeding Riches of HIS GRACE in HIS KINDNESS TOWARD US IN CHRIST JESUS Ephesians 2:4-7. This little prefix of this Greek word is (syn) and brings our minds to the synagogue of Christ seated in his presence/favor to hear and enjoy forever what he has done for us FREELY Hosea 14:4. This is the awesome BACKGROUND of Christ’s sacrificial love for his own, that are spiritually lame on both feet, 2 Samuel 9:13, That allows us his sheep to see what these works are, and of course God thru Christ, who maintains them, thru and by his finished works accomplished for us at Calvary. For by grace you have been saved (what Christ did on the cross for us/grace which is past tense), through (the faith of God Galatians 2:16 KJV, or the faith God himself provides which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:22) Faith, and that not of yourselves, it is THE GIFT OF GOD, Not of WORKS, lest anyone should Boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
The question i have to you is what are these good works? God has ordained good works for his new creation (Christ in us) (in contrast to the old creation i.e. the Law given to Israel and contrary to Israel/and us today. Colossians 2:14), that we his people called his sheep, will walk in them. FOR WE ARE (present tense) HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS (The KEY IN CHRIST JESUS) UNTO GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD HAS BEFORE ORDAINED THAT WE WOULD WALK IN THEM. EPHESIANS 2:10 (BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD IN CHRIST ORDAINED/PREDESTINED us to walk in them. So it is a guarantee that we would walk in them, cause it does not depend on us but of HIS will. Now under TORAH/LAW we loved ourselves and hated GOD, now with the HOLY SPIRIT, teaching the sheep JOHN 6:45, we LOVE GOD and hate what we used to love, ourselves and our works, thus calling them But DUNG PHILIPPIANS 3:8. So loving God and hating our works at all times, is one good work he has ordained us to walk in. And what follows Christ in us is 1b we love the brethren. 1 John 3:14. This is Gods work (manship) in us, and that is why it is guaranteed that we would walk in them. 2 and last is Faith in CHRIST FINISHED WORKS, rather than ours, this is a byproduct of IN THE NEW CREATION or IN CHRIST. If anyone adds to or takes away from the finished WORK of God in CHRIST JESUS as our SUBSTITUTE on the CROSS, …… they are accursed……. REVELATION 22:18-19 and Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32. GOD will maintain HIS FINISHED good work Titus 3:8 KJV (unless noted), in US, THAT HE FINISHED BY DYING AS OUR SURETY AND OUR SUBSTITUTE on the CROSS, by ordaining us to walk by FAITH not by any works of any kind, and to love him and to love his BRIDE/Brethren. These are the works that GOD has ordained and guaranteed for his sheep to walk in. The (already) JUST WILL WALK/LIVE BY (works/NOT) FAITH ROMANS 1:17, Romans 4:11-12, GALATIANS 3:11, HEBREWS 10:38 to name but a few verses. The reason why their is an admonition to sheep to maintain their sure foundation of walking by faith and to walk in these good works in Titus 3:8 that are ordained for us his bride, is that their was and is today people that tell you to go back to the LAW/WORKS OF MAN and to bring destruction upon themselves. Man is not justified or sanctified by the works of the law. Romans 3:20, 28, Galatians 2:16…. but by faith in him. BUT OF HIM (GOD the FATHERS WILL) YOU ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO BECAME FOR US WISDOM FROM GOD, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND SANCTIFICATION/HOLINESS AND REDEMPTION. THAT, AS IT IS WRITTEN, HE WHO GLORIES/BOASTS, LET HIM BOAST (IN THE CROSS GALATIANS 6:14, 2 CORINTHIANS 10:17 OF HIS GLORY, IN THE LORD.) 1 Corinthians 1:30-31. HE CHRIST is our wisdom for understanding salvation by grace alone, our RIGHTEOUSNESS JEREMIAH 23:6, He is our HOLINESS in order to see God, Hebrews 2:14, and He is OUR REDEMPTION all the way out of fallen Adam, and into Christ Jesus the LAST ADAM, fully redeemed nothing to be added to it, for if we add to his work, were saying that he is nothing to us, and saying to CHRIST, that he did not do enough when he stooped down to DO and DIE, for our complete REDEMPTION. To boot, if we take away from his glory of his finished work, by saying in our wicked hearts under Law, than again we are saying to Christ, WE need to do something in order to keep our favor with God. WHERE IS THE REST IN THAT, NONE, NO REST IN OUR WORKS, BUT THEIR IS PLENTY OF REST IN THE FINISHED WORKS OF CHRIST JOHN 19:30. Hebrews 4:9-10. AMEN and AMEN.