He does the Work [God that is…]

Ten Passive Imperatives In The New Testament:

Be saved—Acts 2:40
Be transformed—Rom. 12:2
Be reconciled—2 Cor. 5:20
Be enlarged—2 Cor. 6:13
Be separated—2 Cor. 6:17
Be perfected—2 Cor. 13:11
Be filled—Eph. 5:18
Be empowered—Eph. 6:10
Be humbled—1 Pet. 5:6
Be sanctified—Rev. 22:11

Thus the passive imperative preserves in the grammar the most fundamental principle of God’s economy, that is, that God is the One who operates in us and yet we are responsible to open to His operation, to allow Him to operate, and to cooperate with His operation.


Phil 2:13 “…for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

Ephesians 1:4 “…he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,”

2 Thess 2:13 – 14 “But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Timothy 1:9 “who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time”

Rev. 18:8 “…written in the book of life from the creation of the world…”

Is He not sovereignly orchestrating the details?ChambersSlide

Our very faith to believe is a grace gift – and in response to being made alive… for a dead man does not respond.

Agree – Disagree? Push back…


About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, following 15 years as a pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting and serving on the Church Ministries Management Team for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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