Philippians 1:6

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

This verse is explained very simply by the Skit Guys in their illustration of a marble statue.  There are two men that take the stage and one of them stands still just as a statue, he represents us.  The other man (the story teller) represents Christ.  As the first man came to know Christ, he says how he is a reflection of Christ and very excited to be a believer.  The story teller says that he isn’t there yet.  The man says, ‘but Christ you have saved me and I’m a changed man.  I will not do the things of my past and walk a better path’.  But Christ says, ‘no you’re not there yet, I am working in you to make you into the image of me’.  The man says, ‘what do you mean, I thought I chose You; I thought when I accepted You, it’s me that does good works’.  Christ says, ‘it is me that does the good works within you’.  As Christ says that, He takes up His hammer and starts to chip away pieces off the man.  Christ says, ‘do you see this anger here, this must go; and do you see this proudness, this must go’.  As the hammer hits and chisels away pieces of the man, the man starts to look more and more like Christ.

You’re a work in process.  Christ has started that work and will finish His work.  The verse says, “He who has begun a good work in you.”  This is Christ who has started this work and He is the initiator of that work.  In Genesis the Lord took skins of animals and made clothes for them to cover their sins before Him.  Solomon said it best in Proverbs 28:13, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”  This is Christ that gives this mercy and brings newness.

This work will be completed in the day of Jesus Christ.  What is the outcome of this marvelous salvation provided us in Christ?  It means we are secure.  We are secure in the now life and in the next life as well.  The picture that comes to my mind is when Elizabeth was a baby and learning to walk.  She would grab my finger and support herself as much as she could but, when I let go, she would fall.  It was only when I started to support her more by holding her waist or both of her hands that she took more and more steps.  This work isn’t by our doing it is in Christ Jesus who supports us.

A Servant of Christ,

 Nathan VanderBoegh