"According to His Own Purpose..."
“According to His Own Purpose…”
The Holy Spirit, through Paul, was encouraging and exhorting Timothy, and us.
Yesterday we saw that we are not to be ashamed of the testimony of the Lord.
Nor, are we to be ashamed of the suffering that might come due to the testimony.
Read the passage again.
What has God done for True Believers?
2 Timothy 1:8-11
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,
9 who 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 granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,
10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
11 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher.
- saved us
- called us with a holy calling. This is every believer. Not just “special ones”.
- But, according to His own purpose.
- According to His own purpose
- According to grace which He has granted us
- granted in Christ Jesus for all eternity.
It is the Lord who saves us.
It is the Lord who calls us.
It is the Lord who has a specific purpose for each of us.
It is the Lord who grants grace in Christ Jesus for all eternity to fulfill His purpose.
These are profound, foundational truths which we must know.
We must walk in them.
Not in the strategies and understandings of man.
But in the calling and grace of God.
Live the purpose the Lord has for you...