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Saved as a Workmanship of God to Produce His Fruit – Part 1


March 25, 2006

Saved as a Workmanship of God to Produce His Fruit – Part 1

We are saved by grace through faith to produce a crop!  What we produce will be eternally seen in us in heaven!  He produces the crop in us from salvation to the grave!  Size of the crop depends on how much we let him work!

1. Believer’s are saved by the spiritual workmanship of God in the new birth in Jesus to produce the fruit of good works.  A new birth is salvation by grace through faith in Christ.

Galatians 3:26 – For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Ephesians 2:8-10 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

John 3:6,7 – That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. [7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

2. The Spirit of Jesus working in the believer produces the good works of fruit pleasing to him.  The believer’s role is to yield and let him produce the works of God

Philippians 2:13 – For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

3. The degree of good works we let Jesus produce in us will be manifested eternally in our glorified bodies in heaven.  Some believers will appear more glorious than others.

I Corinthians 15:35-38 – But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? [36] Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: [37] And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: [38] But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.

I Corinthians 15:41-43 – There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. [42] So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: [43] It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power

Believers will reap the kind of body they allowed God’s Spirit to create in them by the fruit of his good works in them.  They will reap what they sowed in the new body.

Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

4. Those who were wise where the ones who let God work in them, and their bodies will be more glorious than the ones who failed to submit their wills to him.

Daniel 12:3 – And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

5. The believer’s glorified body will reflect the things he allowed God to do in his body – the believer will receive the things done in his body – reaping what he sowed.  What the believer sowed to the flesh will profit nothing, but what the believer sowed to the will of the Spirit will reap a great reward.

II Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

6. Believers have the spiritual mind of Christ, which follows the Spirit of Christ received at the new spiritual birth, but still possess a carnal mind in the flesh, which follows the law of sin received at physical birth.  These two minds are continually at war from the instant of the new birth, and the battle rages until physically death.  The daily battle is a simple one: will I yield to the mind, the will, of Christ or will I yield to the will of the carnal nature in my flesh?  It is daily war between the old and new natures.  The degree of your yielding to the mind of Christ in you will determine the glory received by God, and that glory will be eternally manifested in your heavenly appearance.

Philippians 2:5 – Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Romans 7:24 to 8:2 – O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? [25] I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. [1] There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

7. Believers are eternally set free at the instant of their new birth in Christ from the law of sin and death, which is the condemnation of God to hell for sin.

John 5:24 –Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

8. They were saved to eternal liberty, freedom from the condemnation of God.  But they are not to use their new found freedom to continually give in to the flesh because they are free from eternal condemnation in hell.  That is the reason for the warning given to those in the church at Galatia about reaping what they sow after salvation.

Galatians 5:13-18 – For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. [14] For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [15] But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. [16] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. [17] For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. [18] But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Romans 8:1,2 –There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Hebrews 9:24-28 – For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: [25] Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; [26] For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. [27] And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: [28] So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

9. Jesus will judge, both the quick (living), changed at the rapture, as well as those whose bodies arise from the graves.  It is no secret that most of today’s preaching is following the path of least resistance and acceptance by the listeners.  I had to choose which path I would follow when I was called to Dardanelle to pastor more than 31 years ago.  I do not regret my choice.

II Timothy 4:1,2 – I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; [2] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. [3] For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; [4] And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

I Timothy 3:14,15 – These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: [15] But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

John 4:23,24 – But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. [24] God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.