“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Paul continues the connection with identity and the manner in which we conduct our lives in Ephesians 2:10. This verse explains the opposite of Eph 2:2 showing the difference a changed identity makes in a person’s daily life. The basis for walking in good works is that one has been remade “in Christ Jesus.” Walking carries the same weight as before in that when choices are made in life, they are to flow from the believers recreated identity in Jesus Christ. The good works were “prepared beforehand” emphasizing the idea that God chose the elect before the “foundation of the world” (Eph 1:4).
The foundation for Christian living and decision making is the new identity given at salvation. To be “created in Christ Jesus” leads to a different way of conducting life on a moment by moment basis, beginning from the thoughts and intents of our hearts. There is no correlation between being “dead in trespasses” and being “created in Christ Jesus.” In the same way that we “followed the prince of the power of the air” we must now follow the path that God has laid out for Christians that is full of “good works.” Because of the new identity that God has given to believers, the manner in which Christians live should be characterized by good works.
Theology Implication: Our choices in life consistent with our foundational or true identity. Christians have been created in Christ Jesus and therefore the manner of life needs to have a counter cultural flow to it. A believer’s identity is no longer to be in step with the course of the world, but in accordance with the good works that God has planned for them before the world was created.
Article By: Caleb Nedimyer