Ephesians 2:10
New International Version
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

New Living Translation
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

English Standard Version
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Berean Study Bible
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.

Berean Literal Bible
For we are His workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

New American Standard Bible
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

King James Bible
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Christian Standard Bible
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

Contemporary English Version
God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. This is why he sent Christ to make us what we are.

Good News Translation
God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.

International Standard Version
For we are God's masterpiece, created in the Messiah Jesus to perform good actions that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.

NET Bible
For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.

New Heart English Bible
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For we are his creatures who are created in Yeshua The Messiah for good works, those things which God had from the first prepared that we should walk in them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do.

New American Standard 1977
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared that we should walk in them.

King James 2000 Bible
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

American King James Version
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

American Standard Version
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus in good works, which God hath prepared that we should walk in them.

Darby Bible Translation
For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has before prepared that we should walk in them.

English Revised Version
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Weymouth New Testament
For we are God's own handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works which He has pre-destined us to practise.

World English Bible
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

Young's Literal Translation
for of Him we are workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God did before prepare, that in them we may walk.
Study Bible
Alive with Christ
9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life. 11Therefore remember that formerly you who are Gentiles in the flesh and called uncircumcised by the so-called circumcision (that done in the body by human hands)—…
Cross References
Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Isaiah 19:25
The LORD of Hosts will bless them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt My people, Assyria My handiwork, and Israel My inheritance."

Isaiah 29:23
For when he sees his children, the work of My hands among him, they will honor My name, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and they will stand in awe of the God of Israel.

Isaiah 43:7
everyone called by My name and created for My glory, whom I have indeed formed and made."

Galatians 6:15
For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything. What counts is a new creation.

Ephesians 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 1:4
For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love

Ephesians 2:6
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:13
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:15
by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments and decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace

Ephesians 4:1
As a prisoner in the Lord, then, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling you have received:

Ephesians 4:24
and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Colossians 3:10
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

2 Timothy 2:21
So if anyone cleanses himself of what is unfit, he will be a vessel for honor: sanctified, useful to the Master, and prepared for every good work.

Titus 2:14
He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

Treasury of Scripture

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

we are.

Deuteronomy 32:6
Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?

Psalm 100:3
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Psalm 138:8
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

created.

Ephesians 4:24
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

good.

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Acts 9:36
Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

which.

Ephesians 1:4
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Romans 8:29
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

ordained.

Ephesians 2:2
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Ephesians 4:1
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

Deuteronomy 5:33
Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.







Lexicon
For
γάρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

we are
ἐσμεν (esmen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

[God’s]
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

workmanship,
ποίημα (poiēma)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4161: A thing made, a work, workmanship. From poieo; a product, i.e. Fabric.

created
κτισθέντες (ktisthentes)
Verb - Aorist Participle Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2936: To create, form, shape, make, always of God. Probably akin to ktaomai; to fabricate, i.e. Found.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

Christ
Χριστῷ (Christō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

Jesus
Ἰησοῦ (Iēsou)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

to do
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

good
ἀγαθοῖς (agathois)
Adjective - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 18: A primary word; 'good'.

works,
ἔργοις (ergois)
Noun - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2041: From a primary ergo; toil; by implication, an act.

which
οἷς (hois)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

God
Θεὸς (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

prepared in advance
προητοίμασεν (proētoimasen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4282: To prepare or appoint beforehand, predestine. From pro and hetoimazo; to fit up in advance.

as
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

our way of life.
περιπατήσωμεν (peripatēsōmen)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4043: From peri and pateo; to tread all around, i.e. Walk at large; figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow.
(10) We are his workmanship.--This verse, on the contrary, is unique and remarkable, characteristic of the idea with which this Epistle starts--the election and predestination of God, making us what we are--and applying it very strikingly, not only to the first regeneration, but even to the good works which follow it. The word rendered "workmanship" is only used elsewhere in Romans 1:20, where it is applied to the "works" of God in creation. Probably here also it does not exclude our first creation. We are His wholly and absolutely. But the next clause shows that St. Paul refers especially to the "new creation" in Christ Jesus.

Created in Christ Jesus.--This creation, when spoken of distinctively, is the "new creation" (2Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15); as, indeed, is the case below (Ephesians 2:15), "to create in Himself . . . one new man." In this passage, however, St. Paul dwells, not on distinction from the old creation, but rather on analogy to it; in both we are simply God's creatures.

Unto good works.--Properly, on the basis (or, condition) of good works (as in Galatians 5:13; 1Thessalonians 4:17; 2Timothy 2:14). The good works, in themselves future, being (as the next clause shows) contemplated as already existent in God's foreknowledge, and as an inseparable characteristic of the regenerate life.

Which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.--There is, perhaps, in all Scripture, no stronger expression of the great mystery of God's predestination; for it is here declared in reference, not only to the original call and justification and regeneration of the soul, but also to the actual good works, in which the free-will and energy of man are most plainly exercised; and in which even here we are said not to be moved, but "to walk" by our own act. In much the same sense St. Paul, in the Epistle to the Philippians (Ephesians 3:12-13), uses the well-known paradox, "Work out your own salvation . . . , for it is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure." Both truths--God's preordination and man's responsible freedom--are emphasised. For the reconcilement of the two we must wait till we "know even as we are known."

(2 a.) Ephesians 2:11-13, resuming the thread of argument from Ephesians 2:7, dwell on the drawing of the Gentiles into a personal unity with God in Christ-not, however (as before), out of the deadness of sin and bondage of Satan, but rather out of the condition of alienation from God, from His covenant and His promise, in which they stood contrasted with His chosen people.

Verse 10. - For we are his workmanship. Another illustration and evidence of grace. We have to be fashioned anew by God before we can do anything aright (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Anything right in us is not the cause of grace, but its fruit. There seems to be no special reason for the change from the second to the first person. Created in Christ Jesus for good works. So little inward capacity had we for such works, that we required to be created in Christ Jesus in order that we might do them. The inward new birth of the soul is indicated. When good works were required, this gracious change had to be wrought to secure them. The purpose of the new creation is to produce them. Christ "gave himself for us, to redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people of his own, zealous of good works." It is not good works first, and grace after; but grace first, and good works after (see Titus 2:11, 14). Which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. A further proof of the true origin of good works. They are the subjects of a Divine decree. Before the foundation of the world it was ordained that whoever should be saved by grace should walk in good works. The term "walk," here denotes the habitual tenor of the life; it is to be spent in an atmosphere of good works. Here we have one of the Divine safeguards against the abuse of the doctrine of salvation by grace. When men hear of salvation irrespective of works, they are apt to fancy that works are of little use, and do not need to be carefully attended to. On the contrary, they are part of the Divine decree, and if we are not living a life of good works, we have no reason to believe that we have been saved by grace. 2:1-10 Sin is the death of the soul. A man dead in trespasses and sins has no desire for spiritual pleasures. When we look upon a corpse, it gives an awful feeling. A never-dying spirit is now fled, and has left nothing but the ruins of a man. But if we viewed things aright, we should be far more affected by the thought of a dead soul, a lost, fallen spirit. A state of sin is a state of conformity to this world. Wicked men are slaves to Satan. Satan is the author of that proud, carnal disposition which there is in ungodly men; he rules in the hearts of men. From Scripture it is clear, that whether men have been most prone to sensual or to spiritual wickedness, all men, being naturally children of disobedience, are also by nature children of wrath. What reason have sinners, then, to seek earnestly for that grace which will make them, of children of wrath, children of God and heirs of glory! God's eternal love or good-will toward his creatures, is the fountain whence all his mercies flow to us; and that love of God is great love, and that mercy is rich mercy. And every converted sinner is a saved sinner; delivered from sin and wrath. The grace that saves is the free, undeserved goodness and favour of God; and he saves, not by the works of the law, but through faith in Christ Jesus. Grace in the soul is a new life in the soul. A regenerated sinner becomes a living soul; he lives a life of holiness, being born of God: he lives, being delivered from the guilt of sin, by pardoning and justifying grace. Sinners roll themselves in the dust; sanctified souls sit in heavenly places, are raised above this world, by Christ's grace. The goodness of God in converting and saving sinners heretofore, encourages others in after-time, to hope in his grace and mercy. Our faith, our conversion, and our eternal salvation, are not of works, lest any man should boast. These things are not brought to pass by any thing done by us, therefore all boasting is shut out. All is the free gift of God, and the effect of being quickened by his power. It was his purpose, to which he prepared us, by blessing us with the knowledge of his will, and his Holy Spirit producing such a change in us, that we should glorify God by our good conversation, and perseverance in holiness. None can from Scripture abuse this doctrine, or accuse it of any tendency to evil. All who do so, are without excuse.
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