|Ephesians 2:10-15 |
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has ordained before that we should walk in [doing good works].6 [When you have been delivered (freed) from the sins and evil in your heart, God will guide your thoughts, words, and works. God makes us a fit instrument for His hand to show the world the love of God, to shake the nations, and to hold out the word of life. Walking under the Spirit's total control, we walk as Jesus walked, and we do works of righteousness as Jesus worked righteousness; then are we righteous; then we bring honor and glory to God.]
11 Therefore, remember that you were in times past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by those who are called the Circumcision [Jews] in the flesh made by hands.
12 At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope; you were in the world without God.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off, are made near by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who has made both [Jew and Gentile] one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that He from the two might create in Himself one new man, so making peace; [The new man is your purified soul, joining with the Spirit of Christ, to form an entirely new creature whose thoughts, words, and deeds are controlled by the Spirit of Christ; created in God's image of true righteousness and holiness.
The law only ends when a man's selfish spirit has been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial, and Christ Jesus is resurrected in him to totally control his thoughts, words, and deeds with the Law of the Spirit of Life. From the Word of the Lord within: "There are no laws when you are under complete control of the spirit; you walk in love in obedience as prompted — you don't walk in restricted flesh." See the footnote 5 below for more understanding on why the moral laws must still be observed and are your schoolmaster until you have produced the fruit of the Spirit, against which is no law, Gal 5:22-23, for you are then walking in love, fulfilling the law.]
6 we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. We are purified by Jesus — his works — his workmanship, not our works. But he purifies us so we can then do good works, prompted and energized by him. Men are purified and perfected to become sons forever, but also so that they can demonstrate the love of God to the world. A major purpose of Christ giving his life for us, was that he could purify for himself his own peculiar [special] people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:13-14. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. Dan 12:10. The wicked, (those who sin), will not understand; Christendom, (still in sin), does not understand.