August 15, 2022     7:21 am
188. Witsunday Week - Friday
God has saved us according to His own purpose
          God has 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.   2 Timothy 1:9
          Get a clear notion from Scripture, Christian, of the way in which the Holy Spirit has kindled faith in Christ in your heart.- God has saved you, that is, He has worked saving faith in you. How did He do it? He has called you, through the Gospel He called you to Christ. Through this very call He has saved you, kindled saving faith in Christ in you. By so calling you, He at once enlightened you with His gifts, He caused the light of faith to shine in your dark heart (2 Cor. 4:6); He mightily, powerfully, and effectively called you out of darkness into His marvellous light (1Pet. 2:9); He regenerated and converted you. As Christ called Lazarus back from the grave into the life of this body, so the Holy Spirit, in a spiritual manner, called you from spiritual death into spiritual life with His holy calling, with an unparalleled, divine, divinely powerful calling, with a calling that is in full accord with His divine holiness, and in itself is holy, without spot or blemish. For He has called you, and converted you, and kindled faith in you, not according to your works, not because you have been willing and even desiring to be called, nor because of your better conduct. That would be teaching contrary to His Word, which says that by nature you are spiritually dead, contrary to the plain words of Scriptures which attribute all to grace, to grace alone. It would not be holy, not in accord with His divine holiness. No, He has called you according - well, according to what? - He has called and converted you according to His own purpose and grace, according to His gracious purpose, according to His purpose, which rests alone on His grace, which was given you in Christ Jesus and for His sake before the world began, from eternity. It is due to grace, and to grace only, that the Holy Spirit has kindled saving faith in Christ in you, grace within and without, grace in time and eternity, grace in Christ Jesus. Now thank Him for it.
          PRAYER: - O Lord, I did not approach You, but You have lovingly approached me. I did not seek You, but You have sought me. I did not choose You, but You have chosen me. It is owing to Your grace alone that You have called me in Christ and brought me to faith in Him. O holy God, how shall I thank You? Keep me in true faith and give to me eternal life which You have given me in faith. In heaven I will thank You fully and in all eternity. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:21 am