“Philippians 1:6 (KJV) Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”
God completes whatever he begins. He dedicates his strength and power till whatever he plans come to fulfilment. We can see the evidence of this all through the Bible – God created the world, he kept Noah and his family through the storm, he even completely delivered the Israelites from the bondage of the Egyptians.
The stories of the Israelites presents a great deal of instances where God finishes whatever he starts. When God promised to get the Israelites to their promise Land – Canaan, it was like a joke to them. However, God brought his word to pass. He completed the good work he started in their lives and he gave them a place to call their own. Moreso, he gave this inheritance to them and their children’s children. What a great Father! What a promise keeper!
In our text, Apostle Paul is admonishing us that God is capable and powerful enough to complete his good works in our lives.
What is that “good work” he is talking about. Let’s check Philippians 2:13.
“Philippians 2:13 (KJV) For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
You can see that right? God’s good work in us is that we may will and do his good pleasure. God is telling us that he his able to make us desire to do his will which brings glory to God. And not only that, he his able to make us carry out his good pleasure/will.
The desire and the capacity to desire and do his good pleasure comes from the activity and the action of the Holy Spirit living in us as believers. The Spirit of God gears us to do good works. And let me announce this to you, God is pleased to make sure that we desire and do his good pleasure till the coming of Christ.
“Phil 1:6b:……..will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”
This good work that God has started in us (the ability to desire and do his good will) transforms us till we are totally like Christ. As we continually yield to the leading of the Spirit of God in us, our minds are continually renewed till we come to the full measure of Christ.
“2 Corinthians 4:16 (KJV) For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
“2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV) But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Our Christian walk will become easier if we understand this truth. Yielding ourselves to God completely is the avenue through which he can finish his good work in our lives. When we do this, our spirit man develops and grows. We become more sensitive to his voice, we become more heavenly minded, we become less worldly. Our hearts then become attuned to the rhythms of grace.
I pray that on the day of Christ’s coming, may we be presentable as a finished work of God: blameless, spotless and pure before him. Amen.
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