Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
The passage suggests —
I. THAT REAL RELIGION IS A WORK UPON THE HEART.
1. In opposition to the mere profession of orthodox sentiments and opinions. The truth may be held in unrighteousness. Christ is not only set forth a propitiation before His people, but is made unto them "wisdom," etc. The gospel must be received as well as believed.
2. In opposition to a bare attendance upon the prescribed duties of religion. This will indeed follow but only as a means, not as an end.
II. THAT THIS WORK IS A GOOD WORK.
1. It has respect to the immortal soul.
2. It qualifies for fellowship with God the chief good.
3. It is productive of good fruits.
4. Its fruition is glory.
III. THAT IT IS THE PROVINCE OF GOD TO BEGIN THIS WORK. Every other cause is inadequate.
IV. THAT WHEREVER GOD BEGINS A WORK OF GRACE HE WILL CARRY IT ON AND PERFECT IT.
1. He cannot be at a loss to accomplish the work He has commenced. As it is not more difficult to create than to uphold, so it is as easy for Him to communicate great supplies of grace as it was to bestow it at the first.
2. To suppose otherwise would be altogether inconsistent with His purposes of grace and love.
3. But God will perfect His work by the use of means.
(1) Secret prayer.
(2) Perusal of His Word.Hence perseverance is not only a privilege but a duty.
V. THAT THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST IS THE PERIOD WHEN THE WORK OF GRACE SHALL BE PERFECTED AND PUBLICLY RECOGNIZED.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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: