Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

“Who hath” 

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;”

Think God does not think much about you?  Think He has too much on His hands?

Before anything was, that is;  He saw you in Christ Jesus!  

He is never taken by surprise.   Never unprepared.   He is Eternal,  Immortal, Almighty, Omniscient (all seeing),  and Sovereign.

He reigns.  He is King of kings, and Lord of lords.  He is the “I am that I am”(Exodus 3:13-14).

Men may not recognize Him,  or receive Him,  or love Him.   But He changes not, He is faithful to Himself and His character, and Word.

Lamentations 3:21-25 “This I recall to my mind,  therefore have I hope.    It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed,  because His compassion’s fail not.

They are new every morning:  great is Thy faithfulness.

The Lord is my portion,  saith my soul;  therefore will I hope in Him.   

The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him,  to the soul that seeketh after Him.”

And in all His purpose from eternity past to eternity future,  He included man.  “Those that seek after Him”.

Are you one of these?

“In Christ Jesus” is where we, who are born again, are.    He is in us by His Holy Spirit, and we are in Him by the redemption.

John 17:21,23 “That they all may be one; as thou Father, art in Me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us:  that the Lord world may believe that Thou hast sent me.

                            I in them, and thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.”

Now it is “Who saved us and called us”.   It is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Who saved (past tense:  which means our salvation was from planned from Eternity past),  and called us (also past tense).

It is according to His Purpose,  for He has a purpose for every life He saves. That purpose may be short or long;  of little impact (to our sight), or largely seen;   but it is His Will that we should live to His glory (light and blessing).

That is His purpose for every life He apprehends.

(As it was told Esther when death might be her reward for standing with God’s people:  “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time,  then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise…from another place;…and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” [Esther 4:14]

God will take care of His own,  but He might have brought you to this set of circumstances,  to be used for His purpose for that deliverance [testimony, word in due season, or comfort] of His people, and that includes you.)

And it is according to His grace.  (Hallelujah). For grace is the unmerited favor of power.   By grace are we saved, and empowered to walk in that purpose He lays out before us.

It is a holy calling, not something we can in anyway earn. 

But to be “holy” means to be separated unto the Lord.  

We are empowered, then, to stand with God,  and not with ourselves (by denying ourselves).

To stand with God,  and not with the the world (which will definitely separate us).  

We did not come into being to live for ourselves, or to do our own thing.

We are God’s:  we are bought with a price and we are not our own.

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;  but of power,  and of love,  and of a sound (disciplined) mind.”

God gives every life who He has saved a purpose:  for which He enables by grace through His Spirit, 

so we may use the power from Him, 

know the love from Him, 

and our minds be disciplined to see things as He wants us to. 

(Remember Esther)

“Who hath saved us and called us”.    Are we fulfilling the purpose of God for our lives?

Well,  we can.   He will give us grace to use for ourselves (how much we need this everyday),  and for the calling He has for us. (Showing forth His deliverance).

Talk to Him.   He is waiting for such a conversation from you:

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now,  and let us reason together,  saith the Lord:  though your sins be as scarlet,  they shall be as white as snow,  though they be red like crimson,  they shall be as wool. “

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