Answer: Wholehearted joy in God through Christ1 and a love and delight to live according to the will of God by doing every kind of good work.2
1 Psalm 51: 8, 12; Isaiah 57:15; Rom 5:1; 14: 17; 2 Rom 6: 10-11; Gal 2: 20
Q. What are good works?
Answer: Only those which are done out of true faith, 1 conform to God’s law, 2 and are done for God’s glory; 3 and not based on our own opinion or human tradition. 4
1 John 15: 5; Heb 11: 6 2 Lev 18: 4; 1 Sam 15: 22; Eph 2: 10 3 1 Cor 10:31
4 Deut 12:32; Isaiah 29: 13; Ezek 20: 18 – 19; Matt 15: 7 – 9
Some great material here for prayerful study and reflection during the week – why don’t you take a look at a question of four of the days next week? You can find the above on the email order of service attachment.
1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.