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Called By Grace

God exists for Himself.
For Himself He works (Ge22:8) and
He gives grace to whom He gives grace (Ex33:19) and
To those called according to His purpose He gives an eternal inheritance (Eph1:9; He9:15).

Faith is knowing the grace and the hope of God’s calling (Eph1:18; 1Pe1:3), and
The life of this faith is living worthy of His calling (Gal1:15; 2Pe1:10; 2Th1:11) for
Even human’s calling greatly influences one’s life.

The Bible contains stories of men who responded to God’s calling, heavenly calling (He5:4).
After he sinned, Adam hid but responded to God’s calling (Ge3:9-10) and
God clothed him in garment of skin, a sign for grace to be given later (Ge3:21).

After being called Abram obeyed and went to the land promised (He11:8), and
He gave his only son as a burnt offering and received the blessing of descendants (Ge22:1-5);
Jacob and his family migrated to Egypt without fear (Ge46:2-3);
Moses received the calling to lead Israel out of Egypt and carried it out (Ex3:4), by which
Israel was called to become the Lord’s (Is43:1).

The sanctuary reminded them for generations that
Jehovah summoned Israel by name (Is43:5) and
Even the young Samuel responded to Jehovah’s calling and
Became a prophet who spoke on God’s behalf (1Sa3:3-18).

However, though the LORD called them, they did not answer (Hos11:1; Jer35:17), for which
They brought on the declared calamity on themselves.
Yet there was a prophecy of God calling them back (Is54:5-7),
Sending a light for the Gentiles (Is42:6-7).

Yeshua said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days,” because
Through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body (Jn2:19-21),
He would call, not in the name Jehovah an exclusive people Israel through angel,
But in the Father’s name Yeshua the souls of all nations through the Son of God.

Yeshua called those whom He wanted as disciples so they would be with Him and
Be sent out to preach and drive out demons (Mk3:13-15),
While He rejected those who volunteered to follow without being called (Lk9:57).
He called not the righteous but sinners (Mt9:13) and
Even called the blind man who cried out to Him and gave him sight (Mk10:43-44).
With the parable of the banquet of heaven
He said, “many are called but few are chosen” (Mt22:2-14).

As He died, He said, “It is finished” (Jn19:30), declaring that He:
1) Waited for the Father’s calling for His soul in Hades (Jn10:18; Lk23:46);
2) Judged the devil, the origin of sin (Is14:12-15; Ge3:4-6; 1Jn3:8); and
3) Sent out the invitation of His redeeming blood to all mankind (Eph1:7; He9:15).

He resurrected and ascended to heaven as the Lamb on the throne (Rev5:9).
The Holy Spirit whom He sent comes to those who believe.
He chooses those who would be invited to the imminent wedding banquet of the Lamb (Rev19:7-9),
In the gathering in the name Yeshua, the pure bride of Christ, the Church (Eph5:25-30).

The called are those who were once foreigners to the covenants of the promise,
Without hope and without God in the world (Eph2:12),
Those not wise, influential or noble (1Co1:26)
So that the calling itself is grace (Gal1:15; 2Ti1:9).
His calling to one body is to one hope (Eph4:4; Col3:15) so that
They may live worthy of His calling (2Th1:11),
For just as the One who called is holy, they are to be holy (1Pe1:15; 1Th5:7).
The calling is to belong to Christ, to live on Christ’s behalf (Ps100:3; Jer1:6; 2Co5:15),
To preach the gospel (Ac16:10) and
Not only to believe but also to suffer for Him (Rm8:17; Php1:29) so that
When the Lord returns, they would be called a second time and
Receive the prize for which the Lord called them heavenward (Php3:14).

O Lord,
The One who called me, who is He?
How could the sovereign God have called such a lowly life like me?
That was for the calling itself to be grace!
Before this sovereign grace, let my life just blow away.
As You do not regret calling me (Rm11:29)
Let me never regret being called to the cross. Amen.