“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 NASB).
Although the Bible warns against squabbling over the meaning of words there is still a need to define them from time to time otherwise how can we know what we’re reading?
Reading in Ephesians, I came across the word “workmanship” and decided to look it up in the concordance. What I discovered is the Greek word “poiema” translated into English as workmanship. Do you see this might be where we get the English word poem? As far as defining the word “poiema” it says, “a product, i.e. fabric–thing that is made, workmanship.”
We are God’s product, after all he did say “Let Us make man…” I started thinking about what a poem is and where it comes from and thought, well, it comes from within the poet doesn’t it? When I asked the guys in the Bible study at the jail one of them said, “It comes from the heart.” I think that says enough doesn’t it? Mankind was thought up and brought forth straight from the heart of God. He longed to create little expressions of himself and give them authority to rule over the rest of his creation. We are God’s work of art designed to express his wisdom and design.
In the context of the Ephesian letter Paul is writing about how we used to live according to the world, the prince of the power of the air and how another spirit used to operate in us when we were in disobedience. But God saved us by his grace and raised us up seating us in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. So God’s plan has always been for us, his creation, to be in a position of authority not subservient or ruled over by another spirit or other created things.
Further on in Ephesians 3:9-11 we discover the church is the means by which God’s wisdom will be displayed throughout the heavenly places. In other words we are invited to participate in something we can’t even begin to fathom. In 1 Peter 1:12 we read even “the angels are longing to look into these things.” You see God has something so far beyond our comprehension in store for the church even the angels in heaven are wide awake in wonder as to what it all means. Even now all of creation waits in earnest expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.