What Must We Do?
Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:28‑29, NIV)
Our acknowledgement of the fact that Jesus is God and that he took on humanity, bore the penalty of our sin and rose from the dead for our justification is the foundation of our faith.
As we grow in grace we become increasingly aware of the glories of our inheritance in Christ in which he has already given us “everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3), that it is Christ who has "become for us wisdom from God" (1 Corinthians 1:30), that he has made us "the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21) having freely given to us the “gift of righteousness” by which we are to “reign in life" (Romans 5:17), who is transforming us into his image (2 Corinthians 3:18) and who lives within us to strengthen us with all might and power in our inner being that we might be “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16‑19).
Even beyond that we are told that we have been called into a life of intimate and personal fellowship with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3).
The growth in our understanding and experience of the reality of these glorious truths, establishes and strengthens our ability to “believe in the one he has sent.” This is what is preparing the “good soil” which will bring forth fruit “thirty, sixty or a hundred-fold” (Mark 4:20).
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:18‑19, NIV)
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