RESPONDING TO GOD`S CALL 1Cor 15:1,2,3-4 Rom 6:1,2,3,4,5
PRESENTED BY STEVEN SCHILLER
2 Peter 1:1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9-10
The promises of God for those He has called are great and precious... - 2Pe 1:4; 3:13
Incumbent upon us is the duty to make our calling and election sure... - 2Pe 1:10
Implied is that one's calling and election is conditional
That those who have been called need to make their election sure
Are you making your calling and election sure? A good place to start is with...
YOUR INITIAL CALL AND ELECTION
GOD CALLS THROUGH THE GOSPEL...
God calls us through the gospel - 2Th 2:14
The gospel of Christ concerning His death, burial and resurrection - 1Co 15:1,2,3-4
This gospel contains commands that must be obeyed - cf. 2 Th 1:8; 1Pe 4:17
The command to believe in Jesus - Jn 8:24
The command to repent of sins - Ac 17:30-31
The command to confess Jesus as Lord - Ro 10:9-10
The command to be baptized - Mt 28:19; Mk 16:15-16; Ac 2:38; 22:16
-- Have you responded to the gospel with the obedience of faith? - Ro 1:5; He 5:9
MAKING SURE YOUR RESPONSE TO THE CALL...
By obeying all the commands of the gospel
Not just the command to believe, but the command to repent
Not just the command to confess, but the command to be baptized
By obeying the commands in a Biblical manner; e.g., have you been:
Baptized in the proper mode (immersion, not pouring or sprinkling)?
Baptized for the right purpose (for the remission of sins, not as a public profession)?
Baptized as a suitable subject (a penitent believer, not as an infant incapable of faith)?
If your response was different in any way, what should you do?
Those baptized improperly were re-baptized - Ac 19:1,2,3,4-5
If your baptism was in any way different, you should be concerned - Ep 4:5
A Biblical baptism (mode, purpose, subject) can remove all doubt
Make your calling and election sure with a Biblical response to the gospel!
But you should not stop with reflection on your initial call and election, for Peter's admonition in our text (2Pe 1:10) was given to Christians. You should also consider.
YOUR ULTIMATE CALL AND ELECTION
MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN...
Jesus taught this truth in several parables
The Tares - Mt 13:41,42-43
The Wedding Feast - Mt 22:1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13-14
The Talents - Mt 25:24,25,26,27,28,29-30
The Vine And The Branches - Jn 15:1-2
Note the calling and election of the nation of Israel
Israel as a whole was called to be God's people - Deut 7:6
But their calling was conditional - Exo 19:5-6
And many individuals failed to live up to their calling - He 3:7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15-16,17-19
Similar is the calling and election of the church of God
The church as a whole are called to be God's people - 1 Pe 2:9-10
Yet our calling and election as individuals is conditional - Ro 11:22; Re 2:4-5,10c
We can become hardened by sin and fall away - He 3:12,13,14-15
-- We have been called, but will we be chosen at the last day? - Mt 25:34
MAKING SURE YOUR ELECTION BY GOD...
By being fruitful in the knowledge of Christ - 2Pe 1:5,6,7,8,9,10-11
Adding to our faith such things as virtue, knowledge, self-control
Abounding in perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, love
By growing in grace and knowledge - 2Pe 3:17-18
Aware of the danger of apostasy
Standing fast in the grace of Christ
By learning from the parables of Jesus
Not doing those things that offend, or practice lawlessness (Tares)
Adorning ourselves with garments of righteousness (Wedding Feast)
Utilizing what talents (abilities, opportunities) Christ has given us (Talents)
Bearing fruit in our service to the Lord (Vine and Branches)
-- Will your entrance into the kingdom be abundantly supplied? - 2Pe 1:11
It never hurts to ask oneself: "Have I truly responded to the gospel of Christ...?"
Was I scripturally baptized into Christ for the remission of my sins?
Was my baptism like those depicted in the examples of conversion in the Scriptures?
Might I need to be re-baptized like those in Ephesus?
It never hurts to ask oneself: "Am I growing in grace...?"
Am I abounding in the knowledge of Christ?
Am I utilizing what talents Christ has given me?
Am I bearing fruit for Christ?
With such questions, one seeks only to "Make Your Calling And Election Sure". Paul expressed it this way:
"Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves." - 2Co 13:5
OBEY THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. WHY ?
2Th 1:6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
2Th 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
2Th 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
2Th 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
2Th 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.