For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.
It is told of Michael Angelo, the famous Italian sculptor and painter, that he invariably selected the marble block on which he was to operate from the quarry himself. He would allow no other hand to touch it, not even in its rudest state, lest it should be marred. After such a fashion does the Master-Sculptor of souls proceed. He performs the entire work of refashioning the human soul from beginning to end. In this work, it is true, He employs various tools — His Word, His Spirit, His Providential arrangements; but no hand save His touches them.
Parallel VersesKJV: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.