Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The illustration of virtue in Greek drama. Part 17. The hope of your calling.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

“Therefore, brethren, be motivated even more to make your calling and election a spiritual reality.”

You have been called or invited by God. It is an invitation whereby grace can change you.

The call of God describes the mechanics of salvation and the beginning of realizing the calling of God upon your life, or the divine invitation to participate in the greatest victory ever won.

MAT 11:28 TLJC said “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

“Come to me” – “come” = believing upon TLJC not asking Him to come to you.

We do not invite TLJC into our heart –
JER 17:9 The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?

Instead of faith, some propose substitutes like inviting Christ into your life.

EPH 4:22 The old self is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,

In the call of God, the invitation is from God to us not from us to God.

ROM 11:6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

1TH 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

When you respond to the invitation and believe in Christ, God provides for you everything that you need in salvation.

a. The invitation of God the Father to believe in Jesus Christ.
b. The election of the believer where the unique equality factor of the Church-age takes place.

Once the Gospel is presented the invitation from God the Father is given to the spiritually dead person to believe in Jesus Christ.

The “calling of God” is irrevocable – even though God knows who is going to respond and who is not, He still sends out the invitation = the doctrine of the unlimited atonement.

The calling of God – broke the silence between God and man.

1CO 1:26 “consider your calling.”
You should think about and consider the calling of God upon your life or the privilege of receiving the divine invitation to participate in the greatest victory ever won.

2CO 5:16-17 Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

2CO 5:17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

The issue is you are a new creature in Christ, and the main issue now is your spiritual life.

2PE 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

GAL 1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel.

The “hope of your calling” is the absolute confidence that when you believe in Jesus Christ you have eternal life and tremendous blessings designed personally for you by God in eternity past.

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