Rabbi Schneider - He Will Finish What He Started
Rabbi Schneider coming at you with a promise from God's Word. Philippians 1:6, Paul says, "I am confident that he that began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus". Another way of saying it is, Paul's speaking, "I am confident that God who began a good work in you will complete it and perfect you unto Christ Jesus". What a promise! What I love about that, first of all, is the recognition that it wasn't we that began the good work in ourselves. Because we're not the one that began the good work, beloved, we're not the one that's going to finish the good work.
Paul is saying, once again, "I'm confident that God, that He that began the good work in you will complete it". Cast all your hope upon Hashem, upon Father God to perfect you. He's the one that brought you to faith. He's the one that caused you to seek Him. The Bible says, "No man seek of God. No not one". Jesus said, "No man comes unless the Father draws him". "The only reason that you've come to the Father," Jesus said in John 6, "is because the Father drew you".
So the Father that began the good work in you through Christ Jesus is the same one, beloved ones of God, that will complete the work. So cast your faith upon Him. Cast your hope upon Him. What happens to us sometimes is we recognize in the beginning that the Lord is the one that saved us. But then somehow along the way we start feeling like it's a works thing, and that we have to keep ourselves saved or that we have to perfect ourselves by our own works.
But Paul said, "Don't cast your faith away for works because you weren't saved by works; you were saved by God's grace. He chose you in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the world, then sovereignly brought you to Himself through His love, and He is now going to perfect in you this work that He began". And so beloved, there's times that we feel weak. There's times that we doubt our own faith. But the Bible says, "When we are faithless, He remains faithful".
So I want to encourage you today, beloved child of God, your God is faithful. Continue to look to Him, from where your salvation comes, and trust Him to complete the good work that He started in you. Don't lean on your own understanding. Don't look at your good works. Look unto Christ Jesus, for you are complete in Him alone.