The works of God
Many people are confused when it comes to what the works of God actually are and how one can do the works of God. Many are searching for their destiny and God's will for their lives, due to the fact most have not fully accepted the identity that God gave to us as His children in Christ. As I studied to understand what the works of God are, I found that there are eighty five references to the works of God, and only fifteen refer to some thing done by man. I will not go through them all, but will out-line just a few in the new testament, so that when you read the word works they will take on a new meaning.
I read from the K.J.V, which, even with all it's faults, still proves to be the best of all the translations that we Christians have to date. In the book of Matthew, chapter eleven, verse 2, John the Baptist send one of his followers to Jesus with a question, is He the One to come, ("Now John had heard in the prison the works of Christ..)the word that is used in the Greek for "works" is DUNAMIS, meaning "super natural, not of human power". This is the same word in chapter thirteen, verse fifty-four,("..Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works.")and in the book of John chapter nine verses three and four, ("..but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. (4) I must work the works of him that sent me..)where as in Matthew chapter sixteen verse twenty-seven(..he shall reward every man according to his works), the word used in the Greek for "works" is PRAXIN, meaning "practices". Now what are the practices of believers and non-believers? The practice of faith in Jesus. Jesus tells us what the work of God and HIS will for all our lives is in the book of John chapter six, verse twenty-eight and twenty-nine. (28)"Then said they unto him. What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?(29)Jesus answered and said unto them,This is the works of God, that ye believe("might faithe" is the true translation, to stay in faith)on him whom He hath sent."
Now we come to ask, what does it mean to faithe? To have faith is different from faitheing. We all have a measure of faith, a trust in something, but to faithe is to follow God through Jesus Christ. Faith is to respond positively to what God has already done. As we go through the bible we see that people responded to what they knew or had heard God had done. All through the new testament people came to Jesus, even at risk of death and/or bodily harm to receive a gift from God. The people who Jesus healed did not KNOW He would help them, but they heard that God was doing things that no mere man can do without the power of God and sought Him out
References: Works of God: Mt 11:2,13:54, Jn 6:28-29,9:3-4
Works of man: Mt 16:27,23:3-5
Faith: Mt 8:1-13,9:1-8,18-31, Mt15:21-28, Mt17:14-20, Mt20:29-34
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