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"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen. 1:1) - the account of creation continues in the book of Genesis where we read of God creating everything in six days. We then read, "Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done. He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done" (Gen. 2:1, 2).
Moses wrote: "O Lord God. You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds?" (Deut. 3:24). A psalmist in the Old Testament called all people to worship God, and he exclaimed: "Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men" (Psa. 66:5)!
David sung: "The heavens declare the glory of God: And the firmament shows His handiwork" (Psa. 19:1)!
The works of God brought us into being. God's handiwork moves us to believe in Him and give Him glory. We know that nothing but the God of heaven could have done such marvelous and mighty deeds, and so, we worship and obey Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
The Jews during the time of Jesus asked Him, "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?" (Jno. 6:28). Jesus answered: "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him who He sent" (vs. 29). The works of God direct us to the Son of the living God -- Jesus Christ. The purpose of the works of God now unfold and reveal God's Son who has come into the world to take away the sins of the world, and bring the world into fellowship with its Creator.
The Hebrew writer tells us that God rested from His labor and that Jesus rested from His labor (Heb. 4:4,10). The text of Hebrews chapters 2 through 6 is written as a warning and exhortation to all Christians concerning the need for their continued labor in Christ until they are ushered into the promised rest. Daily it should be our effort to work the works of God in faith and obedience to the New Testament teaching revealed to us by Jesus and the apostles and prophets.
By Ron Drumm.
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