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Online Bible Verses - Philippians 1:6 - he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion

Updated on July 11, 2012

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 1:6

Who can begin a good work in me? The Bible tells me that Christ can.

Why the need? Scripture also tells me that good does not live within me when left up to my own. Look at Romans 7:18:

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Thus a tendency to do what I instinctively know I should not. Every single day I am aware of this tendency.

One might say, “I do not have that problem.” Maybe not, I just know that I do. Turns out Paul did as well (he authored Romans). And since my ability to do good, according to God’s absolute standard of good, seems inadequate, I might find myself in a hopeless state. In fact, I did at one time conclude as such. But see above the phrase “he who began a good work in you…”. There is a remedy, according to scripture. That being, God Himself condescended to earth and was voluntarily held accountable for my inability to do good. He who was perfectly good allowed Himself to be treated as just the opposite on my behalf. He, based on that sacrifice, has thus imputed goodness unto me. And, He is also willing to shape and mold me over time to become who he would like me to be. That despite my tendency to oppose.

He also offers to carry us through to the finish line, where He will be simultaneously waiting. Thus, completion of His work in us. Referred to above as the day of Christ Jesus, the end of time as we know it. A day when things will change in a big way.


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