The Called According to His Purpose
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
If I am one of the called, when did He call me? And for what purpose, did He call me?
2 Timothy 1:9 “Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began;”
If you are born again: before anything that is, was; God saw you in Christ Jesus.
The. “Who” is most important. It is not according to our works, we are saved. He hath saved us.
Yes, now that we are born again we can say that.
But He could say that before times eternal, as the American Standard says.
It is a holy calling, not anything we earn. To be holy means to be separated unto the Lord.
He brought us into being; not to live to ourselves, or to do what we want.
We are God’s, bought with a price, and are not our own.
1 Peter 1:18-20 “For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, for your vain conversation received by tradition by your fathers;
But with the precious blood of Christ; as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
Who verily was ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”
It is His calling, His saving, His purpose and grace for us.
What is His purpose?
First, His purpose for us, is that we know Him, Whom to know aright is to have Eternal Life. (Eternal Life is that condition of Life, now, and for eternity. It is how are life is to be in Christ Jesus, Who is our Life.)
We are to come into a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and grow in that knowledge. He is life, and as we know Him more, we experience His life, within our life, more. His joy, His peace, His hope, His correction, and His satisfaction.
This is most important. He wants fellowship with His saved, loved ones.
Second, His purpose is for our conformity to His Will; for as He is life, His Word is Truth.
This is the cleansing we need to receive from Him all He has for us.
If there is unconfessed sin, that comes between He and us. Therefore we are to:
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
His purpose is that we should walk before Him, follow after Him, and walk as friends with Him.
Colossians 2:6-7 “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
His purpose for us is, Christ in you, the hope of glory.
He purposed your place in Christ Jesus, before the world began;
Shall we not yield to His purpose for us, and honor His love for us?
It is to set yourself aside to Him. To yield to Him. He is our life, let us embrace it and Him.