“Now, here’s a real brain stretcher for you. If you have trusted Jesus Christ, you’ve put your faith in Him, when God the Father looks through the completed work of Calvary and the resurrected Son, He sees you perfect. Perfect. That’s a mind stretcher, isn’t it? Because we know how sinful we are. But it’s not about us. It’s about what He’s done on our behalf instead of us, in our place. That’s the point Paul is pushing. I dare you to prove otherwise from the New Testament, that we have to do something to glom on. Yes, we’re created for good works, all those kinds of things, but that does not make us right before Him. Works are a relationship with Him; they don’t make us better in our standing before Christ.” (Michael Easley, Adam Jesus and Easter, Moody Presents broadcast, Sunday, April 8, 2007. Transcript can be found at http://www.mbn.org/GenMoody/default.asp?SectionID=B0B79AE3878C49F1AD10B8B3EA82E323&subID=11641CC04E204D2DA4BAD520EAB259AB)
Dr. Michael Easley presented a dare in today’s broadcast of Moody Presents that I would like to answer. He put forth the dare to prove from the New Testament that the Christian needs to do something to continue in the Christian walk. I propose that this is not a difficult thing to prove.
Now when I talk about the works a Christian does I am not insinuating that they are saved by these works. “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). But I am not so quick to shrug off the next verse, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). When I talk about these works of the Christian, I am talking about the Christian responsibility. In this sense, the Christian is indeed expected to do something in their Christian walk.
Over the next couple of days I am going to explore what this means in some depth. I have one starting point of truth when undergoing this task: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Bible is the very Word of God, and as such needs to be taken with the utmost seriousness. No verse of Scripture should be shrugged off as not meaning what it says, nor as irrelevant. If the Bible says it, then we have a responsibility to weigh it out and then decide what we are going to do with it. Every word is God-breathed, and every word is useful. No word can be discarded. Under these terms let us explore the issue of Christian responsibility of action.