Ephesians 2:10—“For we are His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand in order that we would walk in them.”
Note 1 on masterpiece says: “The Greek word, poiema, means something that has been made, a handiwork, or something that has been written or composed as a poem. Not only a poetic writing may be considered a poem, but also any work of art that expresses the maker’s wisdom and design. We, the church, the masterpiece of God’s work, are a poem expressing God’s infinite wisdom and divine design.
The heavens, the earth, and man, created by God, are not God’s masterpiece; but the church, the Body of Christ, the fullness of the One who fills all in all (1:23), the corporate and universal new man (v. 15), is a masterpiece. We have been saved by grace to be God’s masterpiece that we may walk in the good works prepared beforehand by God.”
Cross-reference “a” on created directs us to these related verses:
Ephesians 2:15—“Abolishing in His flesh the law of the commandments in ordinances, that He might create the two in Himself into one new man, so making peace.”
2 Corinthians 5:17—“So then if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, they have become new.”
The verse, note, and cross-references are from the Holy Bible Recovery Version, published by Living Stream Ministry. You can order a free copy of the New Testament Recovery Version here.