Introduction: The Good News found in Jesus
Paul’s emphasis is not on what salvation brings but on how it comes.
called = an internal or effectual call that secures conformity to the will of the one calling.
The outward call (preaching, witnessing) is resisted, but not God’s call (Psa 110:3; Rom 9:11)
See: Psa 25:6; Jer 31:3; Eph 2:4-5; 1 Jn 3:1; Rom 8:35, 38
This is a phrase of intimacy & tenderness that the Father has for His Son, & for those who are related to His Son through the gospel.
The only difference between a saint & a sinner is the Savior.
We are saints by virtue of our UNION with Christ. (v6)
Sainthood is a matter of status, not behavior.
The Father is the Source, from whom they come.
The Savior is the Means, through whom they come.
Grace sums up everything about salvation and the Christian life
See: Acts 20:24; Eph 1:7; 2:8; Rom 3:24; 11:5; Gal 1:6; 2 Cor 8:9; 9:8; 12:9; 2 Thes 2:16
2 Tim 1:9 – “not according to our works, but according to His own purpose & grace which was given to us in Christ before time began”
“No grace, no peace. Know grace, know peace!”
Peace = to join together what was broken, to set at one again
The blood of Christ Jesus is the glue that joins man with God again.
= the cessation or absence of war (Rom 5:10-12)
Col 1:19-21 – 19) For it pleased the Father…20) to reconcile all things to Himself, by Christ…having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21) And you, who once were alienated and hostile in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciledIn other words, our war with God ended with a peace treaty signed not with pen and ink but with a Cross & precious blood. Phil 4:7 – “the peace of God…will keep your hearts & minds through Christ Jesus.” keep – to guard
It’s the peace that is felt when we have no anxiety about anything, because we’ve committed everything into the hands of God.
Isa 26:3 – You’ll keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You
Peace comes when we know God is near us, with us & cares for us.
Response of the Sinner – surrender
Response of the Saint