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“A Month of Thankfulness” Devotional Series (Day 3)

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God hath from the beginning chosen us to salvation

SIH’s Think On These Things: 2 Thess 2:13-14”

 

2Thess 2:13-14 (KJV)  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:   Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In our last devotion, we saw that our Lord loved us with an unconditional love that will stretch throughout the future eternally.  In our text for this morning, we find that it was this same unconditional love that gave birth to His choice to save His people from their sins.  Notice how it is stated in our text…

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

We are indebted to God to thank Him for the love He has shown to our spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ.  It was this love that motivated our God to choose to save us.  This choice was made before the world began and was applied to man through the Holy Spirit’s intervention and faith in the truth of His Word.

Folks, the Bible speaks clearly to us as Christians … without His initial choice to save us and others equally guilty of sin, we would be eternally condemned to face God’s judgment for those sins.  If God would have simply “stood back” and allowed this sinful world to go on its merry path, no one would see their need of salvation, desire that salvation, nor come to Him for that salvation… Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (Jhn 15:16) ;  We love him, because he first loved us. (1John 4:19) etc etc 

Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our text continues by explaining to us that His choosing us to salvation resulted in His direct intervention in our lives issuing the invitation to salvation through the gospel message.  As He graciously applied the truths of the gospel to our hearts through faith, it worked forgiveness of our sins, adoption into His family, and a secure guarantee of and eternity with Him in glory.

As we continue thinking of all the many reasons why we should be thankful to the Lord throughout our lifetime, let’s always remember to appreciate His choice to save His people from their sins.  It is only because He chose to save us that we now know that our eternity is secure in Him… For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?(Rom 8:29-31)

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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16 Comments

  1. Charisse says:

    Dear Pastor Barkman,

    Amen and Amen!!!

    So glad that I did not have ANYTHING to do with my salvation, because I have proved to myself over and over that I would have messed it up:) Praise be to God for His blessed mercies on such sinful people!

    Kept only by His amazing Grace, charisse graves

  2. terry1954 says:

    how can we not thank God for every tiny detail each day. without him we would have nothing

  3. Ray's Mom says:

    Enjoying your devotional series.

  4. A very blessed word indeed, Brother Rob. My heart rejoices greatly in the truths you have expounded today. Though my gratitude often waxes gross, there is fulness of joy in His presence by His eternal Word, and the pleasure of His Father forevermore at His right hand. Lord bless you, dear friend.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      The Lord’s Word is certainly wonderful, filled with a revelation of many of His blessings to us. What a wonderful blessing it is for us all to understand that He chose to save us IN SPITE OF ourselves! Thank you for the kind words…. Lord bless you.

  5. He chose me! He chose me in Christ even before the world was created! He called me to Himself when I had no thought for Him. He gave me new life and changed me completely and He has continued His work in me for several decades. In His eyes, He has already glorified me! What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

    What amazing safety, certainty and security we have in Him! Praise God for the completeness of our salvation!

    What a truly amazing Redeemer!

  6. Debbie says:

    This is so beautiful and makes our hearts glad to be in thankfulness to Him for all things, at all times. Thank you and God bless you, Pastor Rob!

  7. glane8029 says:

    Reblogged this on Through the Eyes of This Calvinist and commented:
    Thanksgiving

  8. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    What an awesome God we serve, and yes we are thankful that he chose not to stand back and allow this sinful world to go on it’s merry way. Where would we be today if man had to provide us with our Salvation? Thank you my brother for teaching this powerful lesson as we lift our eyes towards the heavens and give thanks for all He has done for us throughout this journey that we have been allowed to participate in. May God’s mercy and grace be with you as you continue to share the Lord’s blessings with each of us doing this month of Thanksgiving.

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