Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Gospel fellowship is a good fellowship, and the meanest Christians have fellowship in the gospel with the greatest apostles, for the gospel salvation is a common salvation (Jude1:3). They obtain like precious faith with them, (2 Peter 1:1).
Those who sincerely receive and embrace the gospel have fellowship in it from the very first day. A new-born Believer, if he is true-born, is interested in all the promises and privileges of the gospel from the first day of his becoming such–Until now.
It is a great comfort to disciples when those who begin well hold on and persevere. Some, by their fellowship in the gospel, understand their liberality towards propagating the gospel and translate koinonia, not communion, but communication.
Paul’s thanksgiving on account of other churches seems to be taken more generally for the fellowship, which they had, in faith, hope, and holy love, with all good Believers–a fellowship in gospel promises, ordinances, privileges, and hopes and this from the first day until now.
The confidence of Believers is the great comfort of Christians, and we may fetch a matter of praise from our hopes as well as from our joys we must give thanks not only for what we have the present possession and evidence of but for what we have the future prospect of.
Paul speaks with much confidence concerning the excellent estate of others, hoping well concerning them in the judgment of charity, and being confident in the judgment of faith that if they were sincere, they would be happy. That he who has begun a good work in you will perform it unto the day of Yeshua. A good work among you–en hymin, so it may be read: understand it, in general, of the planting of the church among them.
He who hath planted Christianity in the world will preserve it as long as the world stands. Yeshua will have a church till the mystery of God shall be finished, and the mystical body completed. The church is built upon a rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
But it is rather to be applied to particular persons, and then it speaks of the certain accomplishment of the work of grace wherever it is begun.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Our prayer for Yeshua’s warriors. After I greet those walking with Yeshua. Father
bring peace to those who are struggling to find you Lord brighten the light of the one within your children meant to be there for them. Lord release your love unto all fill the world with peace never before felt or realized. Unbind the minds of those captured by the enemy open their eyes Father melt all the delusions they might be walking in. Strengthen the nets of your Fisher’s of Men that their harvest would be more significant with each cast. Bring the words to all you are calling into the “den of wolves.” Fill us with your strength, courage and fervour to go forward in the face of the enemy. This we pray in the name of Yeshua Amen Amen.
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
The work of grace is good work, a blessed work for it makes us good, and is an earnest of good to us. It makes us like God and fits us for the enjoyment of God. That may well be called a good work which does us the greatest good
(2) Wherever this good work is begun it is of God’s beginning: He has begun a good work in you. We could not start it ourselves, for we are by nature dead in trespasses and sins. And what can dead men do towards raising themselves to life or how can they begin to act till they are enlivened in the same respect in which they are said to be dead? It is God who quickens those who are thus dead, (Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13)
(3). The work of grace is but begun in this life it is not finished here as long as we are in this imperfect state there is something more to be done.
(4) If the same God who begins the good work did not undertake the carrying on and finishing of it, it would lie forever unfinished. He must perform it who started it.
(5) We may be confident, or well persuaded, that God not only will not forsake but that he will finish and crown the work of his own hands. For, as for God, his work is perfect.
(6) The work of grace will never be perfected till the day of Yeshua, the day of his appearance. When he shall come to judge the world and finish his mediation, then this work will be complete, and the top-stone will be brought forth with shouting. We have the same expression, (Philippians 1:10).
There is nothing more delightful to faithful disciples, nor more to their commendation, than the success of their ministering, evidenced in the hearts and lives of those among whom they labour.
Paul was careful not to assume too much to himself but to ascribe all the praise to God. Therefore, he says they were the epistle of Yeshua, (2 Corinthians 3:3). Paul and others are but instruments, Yeshua was the author of all the good that was in them.
The law of Yeshua was written in their hearts and the love of Christ shed abroad in their hearts. This epistle was not written with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; nor was it written in tables of stone, as the law of God given to Moses, but on the heart; and that heart, not a stony one, but a heart of flesh, upon the fleshy (not fleshly, as fleshliness denotes sensuality) tables of the heart, that is, upon hearts that are softened and renewed by divine grace, according to that gracious promise, I will take away the stony heart, and I will give you a heart of flesh, Ezekiel 36:26.
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient to our Lord Yeshua as a “Watchman.” I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua.“ “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength. In the name of Yeshua, we pray Amen and Amen.