Monday, November 16, 2009

So Great Salvation!

Consider our calling as followers of Christ.
(2Peter 1:2-4) ¶ Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

In Christ we have:
  • grace & peace
  • everything pertaining to life & godliness
  • a call to glory and virtue
  • exceedingly great and precious promises
  • we are partakers of the divine nature
  • we have escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust
Wow! Do we advertise all these things in the gospel?

So much of what pretends to be Christianity in America today suggests that people can be followers of Christ with a few slight cosmetic changes. Their goals, their pleasures, their lives are the same as ever, but now they are "Christians" and sure of their place in heaven.

But the call to salvation is the call to follow Jesus. Any response that does not originate in a new heart and result in a new life is bogus. The confidence of the believer is that God is at work in him to make him significantly different than the slave of sin he used to be.
(2Peter 1:5-10) ¶ But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,
7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
10 ¶ Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;

Press on, true followers of Jesus Christ. Don't settle for some anemic imitation. Follow hard after Jesus! Give Him your whole heart. Pursue Him with your whole being! Let Him consume your whole life, for the Glory of God!

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