The Hero Before You
There’s been a lot of talk about something I said on Sunday, that you were created for heroic works. So, I thought I’d elaborate some. In Ephesians 2:10 Paul writes “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” The word “good,” agathos in Greek, is often taught to refer to moral behavior. But this is a small view of the word.
When the Bible speaks of “good” you need to remember the first few times the word is used in the Bible. Starting all the way back at the beginning, “good” refers to the God’s perfect order and fullness. When Paul invites us to “good works” he is referring to those shalom building, right making, outstanding deeds that change the world- even if it’s just one person’s world.
In other words, you weren’t create (or re-created) to behave- you were re-created to build.
There are a couple more pieces worth picking on in this verse. First, the concept of creation here is unique. “created in Christ Jesus” might be better understood as “re-created by Christ Jesus.” Central to the Christian faith is the idea that God is creating a new people and a new world through Jesus. You are a being becoming. So this heroic destiny lies in your relationship with God – not apart or in place of it.
Second, heroes were humanized versions of the ideal. Hercules, with his super strength was saddled with the burden of mortality. His story was about achieving immortality through hard work. Christianity reverses this. We are first made immortal, so that we may be heroic.
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