Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Called

There is a truthful saying going around that I have quoted before (here). It goes like this:

GOD DOESN'T HAVE A CALLING ON YOU LIFE ... YOUR LIFE IS HIS CALLING

Calling - wanted dead or alive?

I guess we need to know what calling is in order to understand it ...

The institutional church uses this word to preach self-condemnation. "God has a plan for your life. Don't miss it. If you do ... you will be walking outside of the will of God and who knows what may happen then?" they say.

Really?

Is God so fickle that He may hide something from you and then when you miss it ... aah, that's just too bad. you've had it! 

Enters Paul

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.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Rom 8:28-30

So, many are called ... remember the post on many are called few are chosen?

What is God's purpose?

For you and Him to be one. That is why He came to save you. For intimacy!

Let's dissect calling

The Greek word used here for calling is the word klētos which means to call out load, to call forth, to give a name, to invite.

The same Greek root word is used when forming the word ekklēsia (erroneously) translated in our Bibles as church. But the word ekklēsia actually means from the calling or out of those invited or those called forth.

Called forth from where?

From this world ...

... ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light 1Pe 2:9

Can that be?

Yes!

God foreknew you, even before you were formed in your mother's bosom.

So, if He foreknew you, you are chosen - predestinated!

You are designed to be called.

Are you called?

Then you have been justified by the blood of Jesus.

Have you been justified? Rom 5:9, Act 13:39, Rom 3:24 1Co 6:11, Gal 2:16, Tit 3:7 ...  

Then you have been glorified by His abiding Spirit living right inside of you even as you are reading this post!
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