Embracing God's Call: Transformed by His Purpose

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 22 February 2024
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Rev. Dr. Dean Courtier
dean.courtier@estuaryelim.co.uk

Embracing God's Call: Transformed by His Purpose

Let's explore the transformative power of God's calling in our lives, as revealed in 2 Timothy 1:9-10. Let us delve into the depths of this passage and discover how God's purpose transforms us and empowers us to live out His truth.

2 Timothy 1:9-10 (NLT) "For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time - to show us His grace through Christ Jesus. And now He has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Saviour. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News."

In these verses, the Apostle Paul, writing to Timothy, highlights the divine initiative behind salvation and calling. He emphasises that our salvation and calling are not based on our merit or deserving but on God's sovereign plan and grace. From before the beginning of time, God ordained that His people would be saved and called to live holy lives.

Paul underscores that the revelation of God's plan was made manifest through the incarnation of Christ Jesus. Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus broke the power of death and illuminated the path to eternal life and immortality. The Good News of salvation through Christ is the central message that transforms lives and brings hope to humanity.

Charles Spurgeon once said, "The gospel is like a lion. You don't have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself."

John Piper emphasises, "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him."

In Ephesians 2:8-9, the Apostle Paul articulates a foundational truth about salvation: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast"

Paul emphasises that salvation is entirely a gift from God. It is not something earned through human effort or merit but is solely a result of God's grace. This grace is accessed through faith, which is the channel through which we receive God's gift of salvation. By highlighting that salvation is not based on works, Paul emphasises that no one can boast in their own righteousness but must humbly acknowledge their need for God's grace.

In Titus 3:5, Paul further elaborates on the nature of salvation: "He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit."

Paul reiterates the emphasis on God's initiative in salvation. Salvation is not based on any righteous deeds performed by individuals but is solely a result of God's mercy. Through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, our sins are washed away, and we are granted a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. This passage underscores the transformative nature of salvation, which brings about a spiritual rebirth and empowers believers to live in accordance with God's will.

In both passages, Paul emphasises the central role of God's grace in the salvation of humanity. Salvation is a gift freely given by God, not earned through human effort. It is through faith in Jesus Christ that we access this grace and experience the transformative power of salvation, which brings about forgiveness of sins, spiritual renewal, and new life in Christ. These passages serve as a reminder of the foundational truth of the Christian faith and the unmerited favour of God extended to all who believe.

Application:
Embrace God's Calling: Recognise that God has a unique purpose and plan for each of us. Surrender your life to His will and trust in His divine calling for you.

Live a Holy Life: Respond to God's calling by living a life that reflects His holiness and righteousness. Seek to honour God in all aspects of your life, knowing that you are set apart for His glory.

Share the Good News: As recipients of God's grace and calling, we are called to share the Gospel with others. Let us boldly proclaim the transformative message of salvation through Jesus Christ, inviting others to experience the same life-changing grace.

As we reflect on God's calling and purpose for our lives, let us commit to living in obedience to His Word and sharing the Good News with boldness and compassion. May our lives be transformed by His truth, and may we be instruments of His grace in the world around us.