I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.
This is the plan determined for the whole world; this is the hand stretched out
over all nations. For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?
His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the
weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this
world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things
that are, so that no one may boast before him.
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom
from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is
written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
2 Corinthians 5:18
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the
ministry of reconciliation.
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which
God prepared in advance for us to do.