“Perfecter Of Our Faith” ( John 3: 21, ESV; NIV ) by Carley Evans

“Whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” “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, ESV)

Jesus tells us the works we do we do “in God.” Paul tells us the good work God begins in us He sees through to its completion. And Paul warns, “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus is persecuted.” (2 Timothy 3:12, NIV) Many people walk in “a form of godliness but deny its power,” (2 Timothy 3:5) “loaded down with sins and swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:6) “Their folly is clear to everyone.” (2 Timothy 3:9)

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and are convinced of.” (2 Timothy 3:14) “You know the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:15-16)

“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

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