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Evening Devotional For
Wednesday June 12, 2019
Time: 8:43 PM PST
"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling." --2 Timothy 1:9
The apostle uses the perfect tense and says, "Who hath saved us."
Believers in Christ Jesus are saved. They are not looked upon as persons
who are in a hopeful state, and may ultimately be saved, but they are
already saved. Salvation is not a blessing to be enjoyed upon the dying bed, and
to be sung of in a future state above, but a matter to be obtained, received,
promised, and enjoyed now. The Christian is perfectly saved in God's
purpose; God has ordained him unto salvation, and that purpose is complete.
He is saved also as to the price which has been paid for him: "It is
finished" was the cry of the Saviour ere He died. The believer is also perfectly
saved in His covenant head, for as he fell in Adam, so he lives in
Christ. This complete salvation is accompanied by a holy calling. Those
whom the Saviour saved upon the cross are in due time effectually called by the
power of God the Holy Spirit unto holiness: they leave their sins; they
endeavour to be like Christ; they choose holiness, not out of any compulsion,
but from the stress of a new nature, which leads them to rejoice in holiness
just as naturally as aforetime they delighted in sin. God neither chose them nor
called them because they were holy, but He called them that they might be holy,
and holiness is the beauty produced by His workmanship in them. The excellencies
which we see in a believer are as much the work of God as the atonement itself.
Thus is brought out very sweetly the fulness of the grace of God. Salvation must
be of grace, because the Lord is the author of it: and what motive but grace
could move Him to save the guilty? Salvation must be of grace, because the Lord
works in such a manner that our righteousness is for ever excluded. Such is the
believer's privilege--a present salvation; such is the evidence that he
is called to it--a holy life.
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