Faith
Wednesday January 9, 2013
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Being Called by God"

You BEING CALLED BY GOD are a blessing that Matthew 22:14 (KJV) shows only a few experiencing:

For many are called, but few are chosen.

Romans 13:11-12 (KJV) shows us asleep as we approach wake up time. Paul announces wake-up time by telling that it is high time for you, me and those God has chosen to awake out of sleep; Salvation and the return of Christ is nearer than we believed:

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

And Salvation accompanies waking! Being slumbered over the years has served God’s purpose as sleeping has kept us in the dark causing us not to understand the mystery of His Word. The darkness of night protects through slumbering but this is protection we no longer need; BEING CALLED BY GOD shows it time to Put on The Armour of Light:

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Being Recalled by GOD may be a better way to title this article for God first called us in the world that was; it was a time in our far past, a time before He returned us to this flesh age. Ephesians 1:4 (KJV) shows it to be a time when we were chosen, a time before the Foundation of the World:

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Without blame shows God judging us Before the Foundation of the World. Representing Kataballo, Foundation takes us to the world that was and doing so serves as a wake-up call for us.
Understanding Foundation of the World requires going to G2598> (Kataballo) in our Strong’s Concordance. There we learn the meaning of “Foundation” by observing the use of the Greek word Kataballo that was translated to your King James Bible in 1611:
a deposition, i.e. founding; figurative conception :- conceive, foundation. Probably for an obsolete tucho (for which the middle voice of another alternate teucho [to make ready or bring to pass] is used in certain tenses Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.
Kataballo brings to pass the previous earth age as well as introducing the conception of the world age in which we now live.
Replacing Foundation with Conception in Before the Foundation of the World helps better understand Ephesians 1-4 as well as Brings to Pass shows the passing of that age, the age when we were first chosen.
Risking sounding repetitive, 2 Timothy 1:9 (KJV) refers to this being a time that existed prior to this world age, a time when we were first called and saved by Christ:

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own


 

purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Before the world began is the age that was, a time when Christ first judged and called us.
Now in this Earth Age, God calls again with Romans 11:8 (KJV) showing the Spirit of Slumber that He removes with this calling:

(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Being slumbered has shielded us but having served its purpose, we see ourselves being of a Chosen Generation, a peculiar people that 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV) talks about:

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Looking into and understanding this time of our past when we were first called is pleasing yet once again we find ourselves leaving darkness, returning to His marvelous light.
Revelation 19:9 (KJV) shows us and those that we help God awaken being blessed and included amongst the few being called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb:

And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

And when we recognize these words to be the true saying of God we recognize ourselves as being awake chosen and called.

Is BEING CALLED BY GOD taking on a different meaning for you?

Can you see yourself helping God wake His chosen few that still sleep?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com