In the Epilogue to his excellent book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, Rob Bell draws our attention to the Apostle Paul’s thoughts in Philippians 1:6,
“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”,
and highlights the powerful progression in the words ‘began’, ‘good work’ (a work in progress) and ‘completion’.
All of this is God’s initiative, bringing to completion that which he has begun.
When we look at creation, there was God in the beginning. He is bringing it to completion.
When we look at God’s salvation plan, there was God, in Christ, working it out, working it through to completion at the Cross, and God placed his seal of approval on the finished work by raising Christ from the dead.
IMAGINE, the same power that God used to raise Christ from dead is at work in you NOW, bringing to completion that which he begun in you when received Christ.
Ephesians 1:19-20 puts it this way,
“…and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.”
Imagine…a work in progress… being brought to completion.
He will do it!
“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”