He was the sinless Son of God. Jesus paid the price for sin and He broke the power of sin when He died on the cross. John the Baptist was calling Israelites to repent of their sins because their Messiah King was moving in and out among them, for the kingdom of God was very near. Oh Israel believed in God..
He uses only those that keep their eye on the goal of their calling. The true witness of God is one that faithfully trust Him in all circumstances, The faithful servant: the steadfast soldier – is the one that keeps watching.
If we have the Lord Jesus Christ risen and in heaven as our Object, we shall prove the power of His resurrection, not only in lifting us up when we are conscious of our exceeding short-comings, but in strengthening us to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus' (Phil. 3:14).
Worthy of our Calling
We are to exercise the gifts God has given to each of us in the place He has put us, We are to minister to one another, edifying each other and speaking the truth in love.
We are to walk in a manner that is worthy of the calling with which we are called, with all humility, gentleness, patience, and tolerance for one another – in love – and this will keep us from being tossed about by every wind of doctrine.
A Holy People
The church was commissioned a holy people; a separate nation; His own possession. The church has a heavenly calling – we’re Christ’s companions in this heavenly role. The church is called the “heavenly Jerusalem;” “the holy city;” the body of Christ,” We have been commissioned to be partakers of Christ’s own heavenly vocation.
Heirs of God
Like Israel, we have a holy calling to be the little flock of our heavenly bridegroom. We have become the temple of the Holy Spirit, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. We were bought with the precious blood of Christ, Who became our Passover Lamb. We are to be holy, for God is Holy and we are to be separated to our holy cause – for it is written, be ye holy; for I am holy 1Peter 1:16.
Israel was called and chosen and sadly they failed – but in His love and grace Israel will be restored to her earthly calling as God’s people. Behold, the day is coming, when I’ll make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
Jeremiah 31:31 – for the gifts and calling of God are without repentance – they are irrevocable Rom.11:29
Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her… that He might present the church to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing” Ephesians 5:25,27 Knowing that Christ loves the church so dearly – let us hold fast to our calling.
Example of Nature
As as we gaze upon His loveliness and inhale the perfume of His person; the eyes of our our understanding are enlightened; the hope of our calling becomes secured; the riches of His splendour and His exceeding greatness becomes our reality – and the wonders of the glory of His inheritance in us is recognised and accepted as truth.
I have seen the Lord, and I am seeing more and more of what the Lord is, and this is creating in me this great imperative. 'This one thing I do, leaving the things which are behind, I press on toward the mark of the prize of the on-high calling.' So we do not say, Change your system.
Give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.2 Peter 1:10
We are exhorted on many occasions to be maturely established in the faith. We are encouraged to press on to the high calling of Christ. We are entreated to gain spiritual perception and godly discernment. We are enjoined to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus.
My work and ministry is worth nothing unless sanctified in Him. For all my work and ministering is as filthy rags in my own, immature state.
But let us earnestly and steadfastly press towards the high calling of God:- Which is Christ in you the hope of glory Colossians 1:27
“The eyes of your understanding are being enlightened; that ye may know what is the Hope of His calling, and what are the Riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (that includes you – beloved child of God), “according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places”. Ephesians 1:18-20
Companions of this heavenly calling and of Christ, who will go into the hard school and have to learn many hard lessons, but in learning them they will come to understand how great is their inheritance in the Lord Jesus.
All that was ever intended by God concerning Israel and was lost by them, is carried on in the Lord Jesus, and then transferred by Him to His companions and the companions of the heavenly calling – the new Israel, which is spiritual.
Every one that is born from above is called according to the purpose of God. Every believer has a calling; an eternal calling – a great purpose in time and eternity, and God’s purpose is entwined and interlinked with Christ – Who is to be all in all.
Peter is seen calling men of Israel around the world to repent of their sins, and a policy of excluding Gentiles persisted in these first few chapters of Acts. Israel were God’s people who had strayed far from their God – so they were to repent. Down through the centuries prophet after prophet called Israel to turn from their sins.
Final Prophet of Israel
John the Baptist was the final prophet calling for national repentance.. they were to repent of their sins – and believe on Jesus – the Messiah sent by God. National repentance is still future – and will happen at the end of Daniel’s “70 weeks”
The new man in Christ will be the one trusted to enter the spiritual battle.
Oh, what lessons there are for all – who also travel the believer’s path in this world… as we accept the deep and unanswerable questions in our lives, and press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
And Paul reminds us how we are to live each day of this life: brethren, he writes, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus Phil.3:13, and THEN comes the challenge: therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind. Philippians 3:13ff
A name so inspiringly magnificent: for He shall save His people from their sins. A name so spectacularly awesome that it communicates His blessed calling; a name so stunningly majestic that at His name every knee will humbly bow – a name so astonishingly breathtaking and yet He chose me to be His bride.
as John the Baptist was calling the nation to repentance? Where was Jesus when the Baptiser stormed onto Israel’s tranquil wilderness scene? What was Christ doing when John began proclaiming his challenging message? Where was Jesus when John crashed onto the scene dressed in coarse camel hair – and with a leather belt tied round his waist – eating locusts and wild honey?
Call To Repent
John the Baptist’s call for repentance was a particular call to a particular group of people at a particular time and for a particular purpose – he was calling for national Israel to turn away from their proud, hypocritical, fleshly, religious ways, back to the God of Israel – because the time of God’s promised Messiah had arrived. John had been chosen as the appointed herald of the Jewish Messiah..
What is your calling? What is the work to which you have been called?
God is calling out of the gentiles a people for His name..
God is calling out of the gentiles a people for His name..
God is calling out of the gentiles a people for His name..
God is calling out of the gentiles a people for His name..
Paul who throughout his life spread the gospel in every part of the known world, reached toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. He wrote…. I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind I reach forward to those things which are ahead.
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The writer to the Hebrews reminds us: therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and HIGH PRIEST of our confession, Christ Jesus… Who ever liveth to make intercession for us Hebrews.3:1
But when the situation is created by a great deal being expected of us, by demands being made upon our generosity, our kindness, calling for an almost inexhaustible fund of patience, and the letting go of personal feeling; when really the main issue in the crisis is this – I am being imposed upon: too much is being expected of me: I am treated as a servant – that is where we are found out.
The really heavenly man must be in a scene like this the most dependent man; and whenever anyone learns his heavenly calling truly, and walks according to it conscientiously, he ever finds that new circumstances or trials occur, to keep him dependent; so that the truly heavenly man is the best wilderness man.
Once the Holy Spirit instills within our hearts the hunger for God's very best, all must and will become secondary to this supreme goal: . . .the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14).
It is the perfect God Who has called His disciples to be perfect! It is the almighty Creator Who requires from His own a holy calling! It is the perfect One that commands us to be perfect as He is perfect! He requires us to be perfect in our humanity – as He is perfect in His deity!!! His call for holiness and perfection is as true today as it ever was. His ideal for us is – no incompleteness; no lack in perfection; no excess! There can be no failure due to ignorance, inexperience or circumstances.
This is indeed a highly favoured position; an honour bestowed; a high and holy calling.
Not so much a distinctive character of the calling, the mystery, which is His body – but a special feature and fact of the overwhelming nature and purpose of grace: That we should be holy.. That we should be without blame before Him – in love – in grace.
Calling of Church
What is the calling of the Church..
Well – the calling of the ‘saints” was for a purpose: that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. Eph.1:4
We are to know more fully the vast extent of the hope of His calling.. a hope that Paul spilled out like a casket of jewels in the verses that went before.. a great hope that is not yet fully realised in our experience until the day of Christ.. an eternal hope that God wrote in the past tense – which speaks of utter assurance – the full vista of our great salvation, when we are transformed in His very presence.
We are to know more fully the vast extent of the hope of His calling.. a hope that Paul spilled out like a casket of jewels in the verses that went before.. a great hope that is not yet fully realised in our experience until the day of Christ.. an eternal hope that God wrote in the past tense - which speaks of utter assurance - the full vista of our great salvation, when we are transformed in His very presence.
Paul prayed that the church would be given spiritual wisdom and godly insight. He wanted all believers to be able to remain confident in the hope of their calling. He did not want them to be tossed hither and thither by every wind of doctrine – but to know the truth of their union with Christ – for that truth will set us free.
And it is always on the ground of where we already are, and what we already are, and what we already have, that the Holy Spirit shows us our blessed privileges and responsibilities of the calling wherewith we are called.' -W.R.N.
There was an enduring patience and a patient endurance seen in the life of Jesus! It was an obedient waiting as well as a determination to carry out the Father’s will. It was patiently waiting for the goal of His calling as He did the menial tasks of life. Christ ran with endurance the race set before Him – by fixing His eyes on the Father, and we’re to run the same race as did Christ – by keeping our eyes focussed on Him.
Patient endurance and enduring patience is seen throughout the life of Christ! At one time His life was waiting in obedience – at another a running obedience. He was One Who waited for the goal, while carrying out His menial tasks. He also raced to the goal of His calling – but in obedience to the will of the Father.
But scripture tells us how to live our lives victoriously and wisely. We are first and foremost to lay aside every hindrance to discipleship. We are to put away everything that diverts us away from our life-calling, and the life into which we are all called is to know God and to know Christ. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
We are to examine our lives and recognize the things that are hindering our calling.
Being a believer in the Lord Jesus is not a popular calling. The true Christian soon discovers his lot is no easy option, for Christ was crucified by the world… and the world loves the Lord of Life no more today than it did 2000 years ago. His pure standards are different and shunned by the masses. His Godly objectives are counter to the self-seeking nature, and despised – despised and rejected of men, and so He became acquainted with grief. While men of the world serve themselves and please their selfish selves. Christ lived only to please God – to do the will of the Father Who sent Him – to heal the brokenhearted and to redeem all who would believe on His Name.
and to be labelled as dull and old-fashioned – unsociable and a fool? Am I to be so true to my calling, with unsullied witness and purity of heart, that I discover myself to be a marked man, a marked woman – a Christian?
We begin by trusting our ignorance and calling it innocence, by trusting our innocence and calling it purity; and when we hear these rugged statements of Our Lord's, we shrink and say - But I never felt any of those awful things in my heart.
He wrote half of it about the heavenlies, then, without breaking it into chapters, he went straight on with his letter: “I... beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were called,” and then – husbands, wives, children, parents, masters, mistresses, servants – that is coming down to the kitchen, bringing the glory of heaven with you.
Yet conversely Paul gave strict instructions to be rooted and grounded in Christ – not tossed hither and thither by every whim or fancy teaching, calling itself truth that we should no longer be children: tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lay in wait to deceive.
You will always find people coming in when there is blessing, not because they have God's end in view, but because a realm of blessing means personal good.... The Lord is calling us on to the fullness of Christ, and sometimes on the way He may let us see the working of His power, that He is with us.
Trust His Word
Worry can also mean: I do not believe that God can keep His promises to care for me. It’s casting doubt on the truth of God’s word – it’s unbelief in His promised provision. When worry is taken to its final conclusion – worry is effectively calling God “a liar!!” But He is our strength and stay – our joy and hope and He is the lover of our soul.
Israel was to tell the good news of salvation to all the gentile nations of the world. Israel was to be God’s tool – to turn the nations back to Himself and His truth. Israel were God’s chosen people to be His witnesses to the uttermost part of the earth. God made covenant promises with Israel – and one was a conditional promise.. If the nation was faithful to their calling – God would bless them mightily. If the nation was unfaithful to their calling – God would punish them severely.
But this is the kicker….. Irrespective of their being faithful or not they would one day witness to the world. Jesus Himself told us in Matthew 24 that the gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world as a testimony to all nations – and then the end will come – and Israel is the nation that will one day preach this kingdom gospel worldwide… for the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.
work that is often couched in the terms of ‘Vocation’; ‘Calling’; ‘Evangelism’… service that is often dependent on senses; intellect; emotions – the external appeal – labor designed to satiates the tickled ear, the straying eye, the emotional high.
Prophet to Israel
In the gospels we read that John was sent by God as a witness, to testify about Christ – the Light that was sent into the world, so that all might believe through Him. John was sent to Israel to herald their King Messiah, and he called for repentance. Israel believed in God, but had wandered far from Him and become very apostate. For centuries many prophets were sent to Israel calling the nation to repentance, and being washed in water was the outward sign of a repentant or changed heart.
I urge you to live in a way that is worthy of the calling to which you have been called,Ephesians 4:1
Our Position in Christ
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Eph.4:1 (NIV) I urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received. Eph.4:1 (HCSB) Because we believe in Christ we have been called, chosen, justified AND glorified – glorification being a future event that in God’s economy is a completed fact.
Unity of the Spirit
But how is a believer to walk worthy without striving – without our own self-effort? How are we to live a life that is worthy of the calling wherewith we have been called? Well, Paul tells us in the next verse off Ephesians chapter 4. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2
Yielded to Christ
It is to be the Christ-life not MY-life that lives in and works through me. It is to be the new life in Christ that works through me not MY old sin-nature and His life in us is lived out in our life as the Spirit Himself lives in us. Christ’s nature is reflected in our new nature as we yield to the indwelling Spirit. It is by yielding to the Spirit that we walk worthy of the calling we have received, and we are to strive to yield to the Spirit and not live in submission to self.
A Worthy Calling
Our initial salvation when we were born again is a gift of grace – received by faith. Our Christian walk as we grow in grace is also a gift of grace – received by faith. And as we grow in grace and in a knowledge of Him, so we will reflect our Lord – and we will walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called.
Witness to Jews
The Baptist’s message in Matthew was one of judgement that called for penitence. He is calling for all Israel to repent of their sins – to turn to God and His Messiah. The lost sheep of Israel were to bring forth the fruit – which called for repentance.
But Paul also wanted to comfort, encourage and edify these believers - and so often we find that this is done by calling to remembrance all the wonderful things that God has done for us - and anticipating all the wonderful things that God has in store for the future.
Once we are justified and placed in the family of God we are called by our Father to sanctification, which is a life-long process, in which we press on towards the goal of our heavenly calling, so that we may gain the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
In some of his writings Paul had to stress his divinely appointed calling and apostleship because there were those that challenged his authority, but the Ephesian Christians were spiritual men and women, whom Paul identified as faithful in Christ Jesus.
Moses was a faithful servant who was obedient to his earthly calling to Israel, while the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son, through Whom all things were created and by Whom all things hold together.
and may we never allow wrong motives or fleshly attitudes to influence the calling that God has laid on each one of our lives - rather let us rejoice that the good news of God is being proclaimed to lost souls who need to hear the glorious gospel of Salvation - by grace through faith in Christ.
Following his calling and commission by God, the first few chapters of Jeremiah's public ministry is a long, prophetic sermon that remonstrates against Judah's wilful apostasy and is a denunciation of the gross infidelity of the people..
Although the Lord warned Jeremiah that the people would not listen to his words; remember their covenant with God or return to the old ways of righteousness, this weeping prophet was faithful to his calling..
We are not called to walk the same ancient path to which Israel was called, but we are required to be faithful to our calling; to walk in spirit and truth as outlined in the word of God - to grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and to mature in the faith that we have been taught.
Titus accompanied Paul on some of his missionary journeys, partnered with him in spreading the work of the gospel in various cities; was entrusted with several sensitive, ministry responsibilities and even accompanied him to Jerusalem, when Paul went-up to explain to the apostles there, about his doctrine, his ministry and his calling as Christ's apostle to the Gentiles.
Wise counsel and spiritual encouragement is the calling-card of the friend that loves at all times and loyalty, sensitivity and a genuine interest in the other are the qualities of the brother that travels through adversity with us.
We are all called to minister, but no minister of God, no matter how distinguished his position or humble his calling, can glory in his own cleverness, nor should those who learn from the ministry of others, elevate the importance of one believer above another, for we are all one in Christ and we all have the same common benefits of being in Christ – we are all declaring God’s established gospel, all are proclaiming the faith, common to all believers.
We, who have a heavenly calling, are exhorted to set our thoughts upon the Lord Jesus, because it is His name, His Person and His sacrificial work that we confess in our heart, and proclaim in our mouth, for the salvation of the soul.
so Christ is faithful to His heavenly calling, for He is building up His Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
Moses was entrusted with every aspect of God's calling on Israel.
But He was also entrusted with every aspect of the salvation and the calling of the Church of God.
who was faithful to his calling, with that of the Lord Jesus Christ - for like Christ, Moses was also faithful in all his house.
May we, who are called by His name, be faithful to our calling - however great or menial our task may be..
And although the gifts and calling are without repentance and the lost sheep of the house of Israel will one day be settled in the earthly Jerusalem, enjoying the fruit of the land, His heavenly flock will reside in the heavenly kingdom, eating of the fruit of the tree of life.
May we examine our Christian purpose in life, but be careful that we do not become so embroiled in setting to right the political and social scene in this fallen age, that we miss the true purpose of our calling and election.
The first twenty verses of Mark's gospel catapult us through the tumultuous ministry of John the Baptist, Christ's baptism and His temptation in the wilderness, into the beginning of His public ministry, with the calling of His first disciples, on the shore of the Galilee.
The Spirit, in His sovereign power gives His favours freely and bestows His various gifts and graces upon each of His children – in accordance with His own will, as He chooses and without favour or prejudice and God's gifts as well as His calling is irrevocable.
It was on the third day that God drew together that great mass of water to form the seas and oceans and separated this great body of water from the dry land - calling the majestic mountains from their watery depth into their permanent, stately positions.
This promise is clearly for the Lord’s chosen nation of Israel, and it was made by the God of Israel and Creator of the Universe, Who neither slumbers nor sleeps, Whose word is sure, Whose promises are guaranteed, Whose statutes are binding and Whose covenant will never fail, for gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Should this not reassure us, knowing that His gifts and calling to the Church will also stand fast for ever and ever, to his praise and glory – AMEN.
Not one of us should stagger at the Lord’s promises within His word, for what God has said He will carry out to completion, for God cannot lie and will never change His mind – for the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
It was prideful rebellion against the Lord that enslaved us to sin and entrapped us in the darkness of this world system, but we have been bought with a price - the precious blood of Jesus Christ, and so our joyful calling is to glorify God in our body and in spirit - for we belong to Him.
In order to be worthy of our calling, we are to walk in humility of heart and gentleness of spirit, showing tolerance to one another, and godly patience - as we walk in love, bear one another's burdens and strive to preserve in the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace.
Paul goes on to list seven key elements of Christian unity, in the verses 4 to 6, where we read - There is ONE body and ONE Spirit, just as also you were called in ONE hope of your calling; ONE Lord, ONE faith, ONE baptism, ONE God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
Just as we have been saved... by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, we have also been called into one hope of that calling - which is founded on the ONE Lord - Jesus Christ.
Because of Paul’s unusual calling and unique ministry, there were many who criticised his teaching and challenged his authority, which is why he so vigorously defended his calling, and frequently made reference to the direct revelation, he received from the Lord.
And so, in this passage, Paul is preparing to criticise and correct the shocking behaviour, of these carnally-minded believers – by reminding them of his own unique calling and the direct revelation he received from the Lord – which had already been taught to them, on an earlier occasion.
We are directed, as the body of Christ, to shine the light of Christ into the world with our godly conduct, so that throughout our Christian life we may walk worthy of our calling as 'children of the light'.
We should let the light of our new life in Christ shine steadily in the darkness of this world, so that all who see us will catch a glimpse of Christ reflected in our lives, and recognise our heavenly calling – giving praise to God, our Father of lights.
The first three chapters of Ephesians remind us of our position in Christ and the many promises and privileges that are ours, in Him; while the last three call us to live responsible lives worthy of our calling; to walk as children of the light and to function in spirit and truth, as beloved children of God and fully-fledged member of the Body of Christ.
God knew that Paul would respond to his calling by faith and so he was set aside for this ministry from his mother's womb.But Paul realised that it was only by God's amazing grace that he had been saved..
Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and John the Baptist called upon Israel to repent nationally; turn from sin; follow their Messiah and fulfil their original calling to tell the world of God.
And once again at Pentecost we discover the apostles calling on God’s chosen nation, the men of Israel, to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, Who was God’s Messiah; God’s appointed Man; God’s Servant.
And in this wonderful message to the Jews, Peter again told of the wonderful truth that although Israel had crucified their Messiah, Who was also the Saviour of the world, that He had been resurrected from the dead – and once again the nation of Israel was being called on to repent nationally; turn from sin; follow their Messiah and fulfil their original calling to tell the world of God’s love and grace and His plan of salvation.
But the calling of God is without repentance and the nation that God called to be His chosen people, will one day fulfil their calling to tell the world of God’s love and grace and His plan of salvation.
There is a reason that Paul is calling those that are born of the Spirit to keep their hearts and minds focussed on heavenly things and not on earthy pursuits and interests – it is because we have been raised up into a new life in Christ – because we are Christ’s spiritual seed –because we have become a brand new creation - because we have exchanged our former earthly residency for a glorious new citizenship, which is reserved for us in heaven.
But this Sabbath day healing was seen by the religious leaders of the Jews as breaking the Mosaic Law, and Christ's claim to be equal with the Father was considered blasphemy, for in their eyes: He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.
May we fulfil our calling and become ministers of reconciliation between God and man, so that some will turn from their wicked ways and trust in the Lord for the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
He reminds us that there is one body of believers - the body of Christ; one Holy Spirit Who indwells and seals each believer; one hope of our calling which is reserved for us in heaven and one Lord - our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Had the believers at Corinth been walking worthy of their calling, there would have been no need for Paul to write this stinging, corrective teaching in the thirteenth chapter of first Corinthians, but all aspect of love were missing from their lives and their ungodly behavior required Paul's stern admonition: to love as Christ loved us.
Let us in the power of the Holy Spirit walk worthy of our calling, and love others as Christ loved us.
At first he makes an appeal for Christian unity in every sphere of life and urges each of us to walk worthy of our calling.
He is calling for every member of His body to put away deceit and lies by clothing themselves in truth.
When we are walking worthy of our calling and demonstrating genuine humility of heart, that comes from the Spirit of God, we will apply the Word of God in our lives - we will put on the New Man and use our spiritual gifts and graces wisely and in line with Scripture.
As children of God, and joint heirs with Christ, the conduct that is expected of all members of the body of Christ, is clearly laid out in the later chapters of Ephesians, and Paul implores us to walk worthy of the calling, with which we have been called.
He often referred to his own suffering and difficulties as a living example of a faithful soldier, a diligent farmer or a long-distance runner who is required to press on to the goal of their calling..
He understands that it is often hard to be patient when life seems unfair, but warns against developing wrong values and adopting a worldly perspective, which considers wealth, position, power and achievement to be life's goal. Although we are to occupy productively until He come, James is calling us to set our minds on things above and patiently wait until God sets all things right.
But it is God's will that after salvation we put away such worldly pursuits, and leave that old life behind us, together with those former desires, as we press towards the goal of our calling - just as the Lord Jesus, set His own face as a flint towards Jerusalem, the cross and the redemption of mankind.
Paul therefore felt it was necessary to remind the Corinthian Christians that he had a divine calling, and in this chapter he set out a wise strategy to reestablish his God-given authority as Christ's apostle, in a most unusual way - by boasting in his weaknesses!
Instead of going into detail about his supernatural calling on the road to Damascus and boasting of the many revelations he had received from the Lord, Paul sarcastically labelled his critics as 'eminent apostles'... but he knew that their future destiny would expose their fleshly works and ungodly practices.
He also reminds us that as members of Christ's body we all have our own spiritual gifting and own specific calling and no matter what is required of us and irrespective of where we are directed to go - everything we do allis to be done to the glory of God as we seek to carry out His special plan and purpose for our lives.
No doubt she recalled his warning that a sword would one day pierce her own soul, to the end that the thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.While still not yet fully comprehending the deeper and eternal significance of Christ’s redeeming work, His mother and John must have been standing among the mocking crowd and cruel soldiers together with a few faithful followers, who loved Him dearly – but friend of foe alike, every one needed to be washed in His redeeming blood or pay the consequences of sin’s deadly hold.Devoted obedience to the Father, gracious redemption of humanity, a glorious bride for Himself and the victorious reclamation of the kingdom was the goal of His divine calling, yet the loving-kindness He showed towards His mother, demonstrates the humanity of our Lord and the empathetic nature of God for His children – for when Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple He loved standing nearby, He said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple he loved, “Here is your mother.”
If we are to mature in the faith and press on to the goal of our calling, we ought to live our lives as unto the Lord – and not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not grow weary.
The simple gospel of grace requires no effort for we are saved by grace – simply through faith in Christ Jesus - but living our Christian life as unto the Lord requires patient endurance, as we press on, day by day in the footsteps of our Saviour, to the goal of our calling, which is to be conformed into the image of Christ.
This takes effort and courage which only comes from the Spirit of God – but in so doing we are obeying the Lord as we press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us… so let us keep on keeping on, and let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
David is the psalmist, who is calling on the Lord his God to save me according to Your lovingkindness.
There are some that consider Christians should use 'imprecatory' prayers against their enemies and invoke the Lord for justice and vindication while others consider that calling down judgement on their enemies is not appropriate, because we have been called to love our enemies and pray for those that despitefully use us.
As God’s blood-bought children we are called into union with Christ, identified with His righteousness, seated with Him in heavenly places and exhorted to live and walk in a manner that is worthy of the divine calling, with which we have all been called.
He argues that in the light of the amazing grace of God that has been showered upon us all, and the manifold mercies He has poured upon all His children - including our past justification, our ongoing sanctification and our future glorification - we should live a life that is worthy of our calling.
The pleading cries of God's people are recorded in chapters 63 and 64, calling for a day of vengeance, when the Lord will judge their adversaries for His holy name's sake.
His answer speeds on its way before we call, He responds to our cry while we are calling and His answer will always be delivered in His way, in His time and for His eternal praise and for our eternal benefit.
Oh there is no question that the loss mentioned here, refers to a loss of salvation – for the gifts and calling of God will never be revoked, and our eternal life is a gift that can never, ever be taken away.
THEY will not be expecting it, and will be calling for 'Peace and Safety' or enjoying a bogus type of security - but destruction will suddenly come upon them, and they will not escape - for it has been prophesied that God's wrath will finally be poured out on this Christ-rejecting, sin-infected world.
He further details our complete and unconditional acceptance by God because we are positioned in Christ by faith - and he rejoices in the hope of our calling, the riches of His inheritance in the saints, the exceeding greatness of His power towards us..
He detailed how the Lord had separated him from his mother’s womb and listed the events of his calling, conversion and early ministry. Oh foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you? is the memorable question he put to them. Did you receive the indwelling Holy Spirit by the works of the Law, or through hearing with faith?
For thirty years the Lord Jesus was being prepared for His sacrificial act in God's redemptive plan, and finally John the Baptise strode onto the biblical scene as a prophetic voice calling for God's people to repent of their sin and preparing the way of the Lord.
This man, who came in the spirit and power of Elijah, was calling God's nation to turn from its wicked ways, repent of their sin, return to the Lord and produce fruit that comes from a repentant heart.
Life is a race, which has a finishing line and we are exhorted to set the eyes of our hearts and the determination of our spirits on to the goal of our calling – and that goal is a Person, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Israel was given the command to tell all people groups, who were dead in trespasses and sins, of God’s gracious character and His redeeming love.It was Israel that was called to proclaim to all people that their promised Messiah was the coming King of kings and Prince of Peace – and to Israel was given the responsibility of being a light to lighten the gentiles and a voice to tell the nations that He was the One Who was chosen by God to be the Saviour of the whole world and kinsman-Redeemer of all humanity.But Israel rejected their heavenly calling and crucified their Messiah and the Lord called the Church into being to sing forth the greatness of God to the surrounding nations and to tell of the gracious character and redeeming love of Israel’s rejected, kinsman-Redeemer – the Saviour of the world – Who loves Jew and Gentile alike, so that whoever calls on the name of the Lord by grace through faith in Christ will be saved.We must never forget that Israel is the nation to whom Isaiah is speaking and we must always remember that the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
Israel, the nation that God formed for Himself, and will one day return to be His witnesses to the world and to show forth His praises to the nations.Israel will one day fulfil their calling for they are precious in His sight.
When apostate Israel rejected their Messiah, God needed a different body of believers to continue His work on earth - until the nation of Israel would resume their calling, in the coming 'Time of Jacob's Trouble'.
The kingdom of Israel had been taken into slavery by the Assyrian nation and the kingdom of Judah was following in the footsteps or her apostate 'sister', and much of Jeremiah's ministry was calling the nation to repent of their apostasy, warning of Judah's inevitable defeat at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar and reporting on the devastating destruction of the holy city and sanctuary, while providing assurance that God would not forsake His errant people.
James is calling Christians to godly living; a mature faith; patience when tested; a joyful attitude in trials; a gracious compassion for others and someone who is to be a 'doer' of the word and not simply a hearer only... he is using the world justified in this verse to justify calling believers to good works in their Christian life.
Our election and calling are fused together as one unit.
Our election and calling cannot take pace without the other.
Our election and calling are inseparably woven together and founded on the truth of God's word..
that whosoever believes on the only begotten Son of God will be saved - and salvation includes our election before the foundation of the world and our calling - at the moment of our personal salvation.
Peter is eager for us us make our calling and election sure..
and yet our salvation, which includes both our calling and our election..
So what does Peter mean when we are told to make our calling and election sure?
Peter is urging us to be absolutely sure that our salvation, which includes our calling and election has become a firmly fixed fact in our heart.
Peter wants us to base our understanding our salvation on the never-changing truth of God's Word - for when we have absolute assurance in our heart and mind that our calling and election is secure in Christ and anchored to the precious promises in the Word of God - then we will not stumble in our Christian walk; we will not start to doubt God's Word regarding our salvation - we will not be tossed about by every changing wind of doctrine that seeks to place believers under condemnation - when the Word of God clearly tells us that there is no condemnation, to those that are in Christ Jesus.
Our election and calling is an integral part of our salvation and we confirm it in our lives by living a holy life; growing more like Christ; trusting in His sufficient grace and depending on Him in all things.
Having been saved by faith, let us confirm our election and our calling by walking in spirit and truth and trusting in the unchanging Word of God so that we will live our lives as He intended and produce fruit to His praise and glory.
Let us make every effort to confirm our calling and election by living a holy life, which is rooted grounded in the word of truth..
for the more we know God's Word the more we trust His Word and the more we trust His Word - the more we become secure in our election, our calling and our eternal heritage in Christ.
We hear the final invitation of the Spirit and the Bride (which is the Church) – calling whosever will to come and drink and THEN we then read that final, sombre warning, if anyone adds to Words of this Book, God will add to him the terrible plagues which are written in God’s Word, and that God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book
Those who rejected God's offer of salvation will be calling for 'Peace and safety!' - But destruction will come upon them suddenly, like labour pains on a woman about to give birth, and they will not escape.
How clearly the writer to the Hebrews reminds us to consistently and continuously keep our focus on Jesus, Who is the both the Apostle and the High Priest of our Christian faith and our heavenly calling.
Having rejected 1) the prophetic warning of John the Baptist to turn from their sins and produce righteous fruit; 2) the heavenly witness of the Father and the Spirit at His baptism and 3) the undeniable testimony of His messianic signs as proof of His heavenly calling, Christ exposed the sinful desires of the leadership of Israel, which were to destroy the Lord Jesus Christ and claim His inheritance for themselves.
But as soon as we hit chapter 4, the apostle starts to lay out the practical behaviour that God expects from all His blood-bought children, by calling for Christian unity and detailing ways that all members of Christ's body should behave, in this fallen world system, which is under the power of the evil one.
Our actions and attitudes, words and motives should all be done to His glory - not out of duty but from a heart-desire to walk worthy of our calling in Christ - not because we are instructed to do so, but out of a deepening love for our heavenly Father and our glorified Saviour.
However, he was often required to defend His apostolic calling in those early days of the Church, because..
Although there are many today who continue to discredit Paul's ministry and his apostolic calling, we would do well to pay attention to his teaching, for he opens our understanding to many church age mysteries - including the Church, as members of Christ's body, and the permanently indwelling Spirit - Who provide us with godly power to guide us in our earthly walk.
Because Christ is our Commander–in Chief we are encouraged to be obedient to our calling and are expected to face hardships with the same discipline as that of a military man - for we do not fight again flesh and blood, but against spiritual principalities and power in heavenly places.
John is calling all born-again believers to live their lives by faith in Christ and not through works of the flesh – for in so doing we will remain in fellowship with God, Who will provide the sufficient grace and power to love others as Christ loved us.
Jeremiah's public ministry... calling the nation of Israel to repent of their sin and turn from their hypocritical religiosity, was treated with indifference and contempt by his fellow-countrymen, causing this man of God deep distress.
Each one was a mouthpiece of God, who were calling-out a message of repentance and hope, in a desert place - in order to clear the way for the Lord, and to straighten the highway for the God of Israel.
As believers in the dispensation of the grace of God every Christian, both Jew and Gentile alike, are reminded that we are holy brethren… who by faith in Christ, have a heavenly calling to honour the Lord Jesus, Who is both Apostle and High Priest of our professed faith in Him – for He died for our sin and was buried and rose again to break the power of sin and death in the life of all who would believe in Him.
Christ is often called the Bridegroom and the Christian Church is similarly identified as His bride, for though we are many in number we are one Church, who by faith in Him have one hope of our calling.
In Christ we have become partakers of a heavenly calling and are to be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace for He has given us the Holy Spirit of life and truth, and we worship one God and Father of all, Who is over all and through all and in us all.
Peter no doubt recalled His Master's personal command to feed my sheep, and provide food for My little lambs, as he sought to remind his readers to persevere in trials, and grow in brotherly love - to be fruitful in their knowledge and understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ and to make their calling steadfast and sure.
These dear saints of God had to come to an understanding that suffering is often a clear indication of God's righteous judgement on them - not a judgement of condemnation, but one that proves them to be worthy of their heavenly calling, in the kingdom of God.
Peter had just reminded us, in this passage, that this “Day” would come as a thief in the night. He no doubt recalled Paul description of the “day of the Lord”, when sudden destruction would come on earth, as unsaved people were calling ‘peace and safety’… and he would no doubt reflect on the many Old Testament passages that call this great and terrible “Day” as the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” and the millennial rule of Christ, when the wolf will lie down with a lamb.
or succumbing to carnality and falling short of their high calling in Christ Jesus - and so we are exhorted not to forsake assembling together as the Body of Christ, (which is the habit of some) - but motivating one another towards godly love and good works, and encouraging each other in our Christian walk - and this should happen all the more as we see the day of Christ's return drawing ever closer.
Let us who are partakers of the heavenly calling, reverently and rejoicingly consider Jesus Who is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession - for to do so will cause us to step onto holy ground as we consider Him - Who surpasses our human understanding.
And Hosea was calling the errant nation of Israel to repent of their sins; return to their first love and seek the Lord with all their heart if they were to avert the rapidly approaching judgement that had been prophesied by so many holy men of God.
It was in his letter to the Galatians that Paul laid great emphasis on his apostolic calling, because these Galatian believers were perverting the gospel of Christ by reverting to Judaism and placing themselves back under the Law of Moses.
They also challenged Paul’s calling, his apostleship and the revelations he had received from Christ, because his gospel conflicted with their biased thinking.
This required Paul to emphasise his calling and God-given authority.
ot growth in our financial bank-account or a long list of Facebook 'friends' - for we were bought with a price and our calling is to give honour to the One Who purchased us.
It has its fruit in a person that remain true to their heavenly calling and it is manifested in a life of faithful obedience - a life that is lived to the glory of God - a life that faithfully fulfils its heavenly calling.
We are in the world but not of the world and our earthly circumstances should not affect our heavenly calling.
whether they are easy or difficult; happy or sad, fair or unfair we have a heavenly calling, which is carried out in our earthly walk - and irrespective of marriage or singleness; age or abilities; freedom or slavery or any other situation in which we find ourselves..
we have a high and heavenly mission and nothing should deflect us from that singular goal - our heavenly calling.
We are to: let the peace of God rule in our heart - to which we are called... Abiding in Christ and resting in His inner peace is the heavenly calling for every believer - no matter what situation we may be in.
But however glorious our salvation and privileged our service, our calling first and foremost is to worship at His feet, to delight to do His will, to treasure His Word in our hearts and to remain in the center of His will for the rest of our life.
For centuries, prophets of God had been calling Israel to repent, but no sign of repentance was evident.
They should have harkened to John the Baptist who came as a voice in the wilderness, preparing the way of the Lord and calling the nation to repent - for the kingdom of heaven is near... and to behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.
It is given freely by faith in the finished work of Christ - Who bore our sin alone; carries our burden freely and keeps calling us to: Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
calling out in desperation to the Lord as we become increasingly submerged by the struggles and sorrows of our day - as we cry out to a iron-clad heaven and we find ourselves wrestling inwardly with the same rhetorical questions that burdened David's heart and flowed from his pen, three thousand years ago.
Whereas his first epistle concentrated on God's grace and our great salvation; our priestly calling; living a life of holiness and carrying out our Christian responsibility, he spends considerable time, in his second letter, warning of the devastating influence of false teachers and exhorting us to watch out for their destructive heresies - while urging us to grow in grace and to develop a sound knowledge of the Lord Jesus as we press towards spiritual maturity.
This passage is about purifying the hearts, which caused Paul to challenge those that accused Christians of becoming “unclean' by eating foods which did not comply with Israel's dietary laws - by calling them Jewish myths!.
As we reflect upon the glorious gospel of Christ and the amazing grace by which we have been accepted in the Beloved, should we not seek to walk worthy of our calling every moment of the day, with lowliness of heart and gentleness of spirit..
Because we were taught the mystery of the Gospel and believed in Christ Jesus as our Saviour, our position in Christ and our eternal inheritance, is secured for us in heaven, and we are called to walk worthy of our calling - in humility of heart, unity of spirit and as children of the light.
Let us never doubt God's word, but rejoice to follow Paul's exhortation, to fulfil our calling enthusiastically, and to remain occupied at all times, in the Lord's work, knowing that our toil is not fruitless in the Lord.
It is a summons to persevere under trial and press on from the elementary stages of faith, to a deeper spiritual knowledge and richer understanding of the high calling of God that is our present possession, in Christ Jesus.
It warns us to beware of falling short of the calling God has on our lives and cites Israel as an object lesson on pitfalls to avoid, as well as identifying a great cloud of faithful witnesses who trusted God in all the twists and turns of their lives.
Pressing towards the goal of our calling is the responsibility of all Christians and our objective in life should be to finish the race that is set before us and seek to attain to conformity to His death - which is death to the self-life - so that the life that we now live is a unsoiled reflection of the beauty of Christ in us.
Jeremiah had fulfilled all that was desired of him as God's warning megaphone to His people Israel - calling them to turn from their sins and return to the Lord - but they would not heed to his warning and Jeremiah pleaded to the Lord. Don't become a terror to me.
they will suffer the loss of reward and be denied the praise that Christ could have given them by acknowledging them before His heavenly Father and the holy angels - if they had only been obedient to their calling.
May we be like the faithful few in the Church at Sardis that remained faithful to their calling and did not defile their garments.
For three whole chapters Paul rehearses all the amazing benefits that God has, in His grace, showered on those that love Him – as the apostle opens to our understanding our position and privileges in Christ, and the inheritance that God has secured for all His blood-bought children.Having taken us to the heady heights of grace upon more grace upon much more grace for three amazing chapters, Paul begins to tell us how we should live as children of God and how we should behave as inheritors of the many benefits and privileges that God has prepared for each of us who have simply trusted the Lord Jesus.Because of our position in Christ we are urged to live our lives in a manner that is befitting our heavenly calling – because we are the children of the King, we are urged to walk in a manner that is worthy of the our royal status – because we have been called out of darkness into HIs kingdom of light and have been adopted as heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ and inheritors of the kingdom of the majesty on high, we are to live and move and have our being in the liberty wherewith Christ and the Spirit has made us free – to walk by faith in Christ; and to walk in the ways of God – to His honour and glory.Paul rejoiced to be a prisoner of the Lord, not for any wrong that he had done for all sin and every sin was forgiven at the cross, but for the sake of the Lord Jesus – Who loves us and gave Himself for us.
Let us therefore as prisoners of our Lord Jesus Christ walk in a manner worthy of the heavenly calling to which we have been called.
We are exhorted to walk worthy of our calling; to contend earnestly for the faith; to abstain from earthy lusts which war against the soul and to encourage one another while it is still called “today'; lest any of us are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Let us take note of the many scriptural warnings and exhortation to walk worthy of our calling; to contend earnestly for the faith; to abstain from earthy lusts which war against the soul and to encourage one another while it is still called “today'; lest any of us are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin - or simply drift away from the Lover of our soul.
Paul was so comfortable with the Thessalonian believers, that he did not need to underline his calling as a chosen apostle of Christ, as he did to other churches who challenged his apostleship, nor did he find it necessary to remind them of his status in starting the Thessalonian Church.
We are to discover our joy in the Lord and gladden our hearts by developing an attitude of rejoicing in Him and in the power of His might - so that we may press on to the upward goal of our calling in Christ Jesus.
The wisdom of Paul, the great apostle to the gentiles, similarly reminds us that rejoicing in the Lord is our worthy calling, for His steadfast mercy truly does endure forever, His faithful love is never-ending, and His unwavering goodness stretches into the furthest extremities of eternity.
Christ was the perfect example of what a perfect Man should be, but He had to learn obedience through all that He was called upon to suffer throughout His life - as He kept the goal of His calling forever in His sight.
Having been continuously persecuted by the Jews who were calling for his death, Paul had made an appeal to Caesar for a fair trial... and as he stands in the midst of the court, he gives the fullest description of his encounter with Christ, on the road to Damascus.
And despite calling the nation of Israel to repent of their sins and return to the Lord - he wept over Jerusalem, when he witnessed the fulfillment of his own prophecies from God - the ruination of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Temple and slavery for God's people in the land of Babylon.
So often we see that in times of trials and difficulties the Psalmists lifted up their voices in hymns of thanksgiving and praise - calling on the righteous to be joyful in the Lord, to rejoice in the God of their Salvation and to sing to the Lord with thankful hearts… for praise, worship and thanksgiving from the man or woman who loves the Lord, is beautiful and beneficial.
Paul was a bondservant of the Lord Jesus Christ, and his calling as God's appointed apostle to the Gentiles was to furnish the elect of God with a knowledge of the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ..
but he in turn must remain faithful to his calling.
Paul was thankful for Timothy's spiritual heritage and although he warned that the Christian life was not always easy, he reminded him of his holy calling and that the suffering and shame God's people have to endure in this life must be understood from God's vantage point - which is an eternal perspective - which He gave to us before the world began.
May we be faithful to our calling and render our service willingly and faithfully to Him - for we have an ever-faithful God Who is faithful to keep us and to fulfil all His promises - and He is worthy of all our worship and praise.
No wonder Paul urges each one of us to make every effort to be fruitful in this way - and to diligently seek to strengthen our calling through godly living..
No wonder Peter encourages us to grow in grace and stand fast in the truth of the gospel of God, for in so doing we strengthen our Christian calling to the point where he is pleased to say that in Christ.. we secure our entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ..
Paul makes it very clear that he is writing to born again believers by calling them ''brothers', “saints' and “the called', but Paul also knows that this band of believers were saved out of the most ungodly and perverted city of Corinth, and did not hesitate to rebuke them for their ongoing, ungodly behaviour which manifested itself in all kinds of evil:- including stealing; drunkenness; greed; swindling; extortion and insolence as well as internal divisions, spiritual immaturity and gross sexual sins.
What an amazing scene it must have been when Christ's followers began to proclaim the wonderful works of God in a multitude of languages - and Peter was empowered to deliver his great sermon, calling the people of Israel to faith in their promised Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
As we watch the frenetic desire of the globalist minority seeking to deceive the nations by calling that which is good- 'evil' and that which is evil- 'good', we see other prophetic scriptures being fulfilled - for we read in Hosea: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because they hast rejected truth..
Christ died so that we might live and throughout his writings to the Church, Paul emphases the importance of being worthy of our calling, so that by His goodness and grace we are enabled to fulfil every desire for good..
And so his earnest prayer to the Father was that each one of us would be counted worthy of our calling as ministers of reconciliation.
Instead of bemoaning his lot, he used his incarceration to show that even in difficulties and dangerous times we can live joyfully and victoriously for Christ - and Paul also encouraged believers to walk worthy of their calling.
Then expanding his teaching he added, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling - one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, Who is over all, and through all and in all.