Monday | 15 August 2022
Calling and election

God has chosen for everyone to become the son whom He has named them to be, and to live eternally in fellowship with Him. Isa 45:4. Rom 8:28-30. The Scriptures refer to this as God’s ‘calling and election’ of each person. However, God never forces His will upon anyone. Rather, we have all been given the freedom to choose between two appointments, or destinies, for our life. Deu 30:19.

The first appointment is the blessing, life and fellowship that we can share with God and His people, as we obediently live as the son whom He has named us to be. 1Pe 2:9-10. Eph 2:10. The second appointment is the cursing, corruption and death that the wicked will experience if they choose to disobey the Father’s word and reject His calling upon their lives. 1Pe 2:7-8.

Many Christians have greatly misunderstood the nature of God’s calling and election upon their lives. They have considered God’s elect to be an exclusive group of people who have been predestined for salvation, while everyone else is predestined to eternal damnation. They believe that no matter how we live our life, we cannot change whether we belong to the elect group, or to the group predestined to go to hell. This wicked belief is in complete contrast to the gospel of sonship.

The truth is that we have all been given the freedom to choose to be a part of God’s elect! 2Pe 3:9. God’s elect are those who choose what God has chosen for them. The apostle Peter encouraged us to diligently make our call and election sure. 2Pe 1:10. We have been elected, or chosen, by the Father to be His sons, and we, too, are required to elect, or choose, His fatherhood for our lives. 1Pe 1:1-2.

Further Study:
Daily Proverb:

Isa 45:4
For Jacob My servant's sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.

Rom 8:28-30
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Deu 30:19
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.

1Pe 2:7-10
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The Stone which the builders rejected has become the Chief Cornerstone,’ and ‘a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense.’ They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

Eph 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

2Pe 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

2Pe 1:10
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble.

1Pe 1:1-2
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
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