Prelude: I would like to improve my dwelling on the meaning of Holy Scripture by taking a verse and breaking it down in layman’s terms.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
The writer, Paul, was saying with certainty, that the good work that God started in a person’s life will someday be complete when Christ returns to finish the end of the age as we know it.
In this verse, Paul was reassuring Christ followers, that God started something that would most definitely be completed on that precious Day.
One might think; for a little satisfaction; that Paul is giving us permission to believe the work in us is incomplete. I will admit that is always how I have interpreted this verse.
But the Good Work isn’t just what He is doing in the life of the Believer but in the lives of the ones touched by God’s people. The good work is about Him and Him alone. He plants the Goodness in us, and we share it with others. The good work equates to our response to His Love that was planted in human beings. It bubbles out as we have faith in God, the salvation Christ gives, and the Power of the Holy Spirit to do anything.
As long as that goodness continues to be passed along through the Holy Spirit’s Whisper off of His children’s lips, then that Good work will continue until that Day of Jesus comes.
I also realize then that the good work that He did through Jesus Christ is complete in me already. I may be competing constantly with my flesh but that doesn’t remove the fact that God’s work in me, my knowledge of Christ blotting out of my wrongs is COMPLETE.
“It is finished” is enough.
None of this to say that our growing in the knowledge of God through the amazing eye-opening power of the Holy Spirit is all finito. We will continue to have our wigs blown off by God ALL the time. That keeps things exciting. He knows how to wow His crowds.