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by Ken Browder, Editor
There is much concern by some as to whether or not God is calling them to Jesus the Christ. They wonder how they can know for sure since they are confused, bewildered, afraid, concerned and have a muddled mind about all this.
I received a question concerning this just recently at SevenTimes, so thought I would make the answer an article for the newsletter as well.
Many in God's Church have even wondered about all this and puzzled over why God would call them to His family.
First we must come to realize why God calls someone to Christ at this time and in this age.
It is delineated in the scriptures:
1 Cor. 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
That is seemingly a very harsh analysis of our human condition upon first reading, isn't it? Why would God call someone who is 'nothing' to make them His Children? What in the world is behind all this?
The reasons God does this are listed below.
1 Cor. 1:27 But God hath chosen the
foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath
chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
He has chosen the foolish, weak, despised, and nothing people to CONFOUND THE MIGHTY of this world TO BRING THEM TO NOTHING at a time in the future so He can begin to work with them also.
At this present time their human wisdom, might and stature in this world (through their vanity) will not allow themselves to submit to God. Their nature is ENMITY (Rom. 8:7) against God and NOT subject to Him! Normal human nature hates the ways of God!
These mighty human beings GLORY in their own presence! God must humble them because:
1 Cor. 1:29 "That no flesh should glory in his presence."
Yes, to God will be the glory!! He WILL have all the glory, majesty and honor from those He has created.
We must also realize that a person can ONLY COME TO JESUS IF God is drawing (calling) them to Jesus Christ! (John 6:44, 65)
Once we realize why God calls, who He calls and how He calls, we can then begin to believe and understand that He might be calling us.
But then what? Why all the fear about the coming desolation and the end time upon mankind?
It is an understanding that what God says in His Word is TRUTH! It is an understanding that THERE TRULY IS A REAL GOD and that He is able to do as He has said He WILL DO! It is an understanding that God HATES sin and will eventually eradicate it from existence. It is an understanding that God loves mankind and has made a way of escape from this trap of sin which so easily besets us!
From where does that UNDERSTANDING come? From God, through His Holy Spirit, of course.
Why do we want to 'come to Christ?' Because God has begun to work on our guilty conscience (He has begun to CALL us) and make us understand that Jesus was and IS truly THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.
How do we know and understand that?
In a conversation with Simon Peter Jesus asked a question:
Mat. 16:13 ¶ When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea
Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Jesus then made a statement that has "flown over the heads" of most people in their reading of the scriptures:
Verse 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Yes, God the Father had revealed it to Peter through the POWER of His Holy Spirit!! Peter could NOT have known this unless God had opened his UNDERSTANDING to it through God's Holy Spirit!
That is the only way we can KNOW that Jesus is The Christ, the Son of the Living God!! Through revelation of God's Mind to our mind, making us KNOW FOR CERTAIN that Jesus IS The Christ!
Do you KNOW.... have you come to UNDERSTAND.... that Jesus IS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD?
If so, it is because God has revealed it to you through the power of His Holy Spirit as He is CALLING YOU!
Why then do you want to STOP SINNING? Why have you begun to wonder what truly IS sin?
Because God is convicting you of your sins and leading you to question everything you do in relationship to Him and Jesus, that's why?
But WHAT IS SIN, you ask?
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Thus saith the Lord. SIN IS THE BREAKING OF GOD'S LAW!!!
What is that Law?
It begins with the Ten Commandments as the FOUNDATION OF ALL LAW. Those Ten Commandments give us a summary, or outline, of exactly what we must do to QUIT sinning!
Of course, this is NOT ALL THE LAWS WE MUST OBEY!! We must scour the scriptures, searching for those things in which we must be obedient to God (2 Tim. 2:15). Those laws include such things as His Holy Days, specifically described in Lev. 23 and called HIS FEASTS!
No they aren't the feasts of the Jews. They are God's Feasts!
You will also find as you study God's Word, other commandments which He has given to us FOR OUR GOOD. He tells us what PHYSICAL foods are good for our bodies, and He tells us what SPIRITUAL foods are good for our MIND.
All this can only come through the STUDY of God's Word, and UNDERSTANDING can only come through God's Holy Spirit as you progress and "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!" (2 Pet. 3:18)
It will come step by step as you are able to receive it. It will come to you personally through God's Holy Spirit because He is working with you personally and you must make your calling and election sure.
God says through the Apostle Paul:
Philipians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Yes, we must work out our own salvation between us and God individually. Not with some preacher, priest, or rabbi between us and God!
ONLY JESUS THE SAVIOUR SHOULD BE BETWEEN US AND GOD! Not some man or woman. Ministers are supposed to be servants just as we are and cannot be an advocate between us and God.
Only Jesus is our ADVOCATE with God the Father.
1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
DON'T LET ANYBODY ELSE OR ANYTHING ELSE GET BETWEEN YOU AND GOD!
When we have been called, what must we do? The Apostle Peter was asked that same question and gave an answer to it.
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know
assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord
37 ¶ Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
If you have been convicted of your sins and deeply feel the need to repent (means to turn around and go the other way) and be baptised, then what do you need to do?
You should find someone who preaches the TRUTH of God, not a religion mixed with paganism and watered down facts.
How can one find some one like that?
You are reading the TRUTH OF GOD right now! I and others like me are preachers of God's TRUTH. We strive to teach the TRUTH without any mixture of paganism or other false beliefs mixed into it.
A person should be baptized INTO God's name, and INTO Jesus' name through the POWER of The Holy Spirit. (See our article on the http://7times.org web site entitled, "In Jesus' Name" for more understanding about this.
Once you have been baptized this way, you will then begin to walk in "newness of life" having God the Father and Jesus the Christ as your ONLY leaders.
Of course, God does use some of us as His servants to help spread His TRUTH and help to guide those whom He is calling and choosing.
Why then are so many CONFUSED about all this? Why are there so many differing churches and religions, all with different doctrines and beliefs?
God equates your receiving His Call with a SOWING OF SEED. He describes this in the book of Luke.
Luke 8:5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed,
some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air
6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
His disciples needed an explanation because they didn't understand this Parable. (A parable is used to HIDE the meaning of some teachings - Mat. 13:10-15)
Jesus then explained to them in plain words, which has been written for our understanding, what He was talking about. I print them out in full below for your edification.
Mat. 13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Satan is always ready to create CONFUSION in the minds of people, especially those whom God is calling into His marvelous TRUTH.
If the truth a person hears is NOT UNDERSTOOD (understanding can only come through God's Holy Spirit) then Satan catches away the seed which has been sown in that person mind. (verse 19 above)
If the truth a person hears is received into a 'stoney' mind, a 'hard' mind, that person may truly receive that truth with joy. Yet he has not ever put down any religious roots in his own mind and when tribulation and persecution comes because of God's Word (and it WILL come) then that person becomes one who dislikes or even hates God's Word.
If a person who hears this truth, is one who really loves the 'cares of this world' and the 'deceitfulness of riches', always putting THINGS above God and others, then that person will become UNFRUITFUL.
They won't grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and there will be no fruit produced in their lives that shows God's Glory.
If a person who hears this truth receives it into 'good ground', that person will UNDERSTAND the spiritual aspects of God's Word and will produce FRUIT according to how God is dealing with them and according to the gifts of the spirit which they have been given.
These latter will be the ones God CHOOSES after that calling. Those are the ones who will begin to GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS THE CRIST!!
How, then, can you KNOW if you are being called?
You will know because you will begin to see and understand the scriptures in ways you have NEVER SEEN BEFORE! You will begin to understand that with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE (Mat. 19:26; Mr. 10:27)
You will desire to be with those who have been called and chosen by God to be His Children. You will begin to understand that God is creating a FAMILY which will be BORN at the return of Christ to this world when He resurrects all who have DIED in Him.
You will begin to understand that NONE of God's laws have been "done away."
You will begin to understand that, as He said, "Not one jot or one tittle shall depart from the law until all things be fulfilled."
Not only will you understand those things, you will ACCEPT them and make them a PART OF YOUR LIFE!
If you are called you will begin to understand that Jesus IS the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
You will begin to understand that you MUST repent of breaking God's Laws which are founded upon the Ten Commandments and that you MUST be baptized INTO the Name of God and His Christ through the POWER of His Holy Spirit.
Then you will receive God's Holy Spirit into your mind which will LEAD you into ALL TRUTH.
You will then begin to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and begin to produce spiritual fruit in your lives where you will be an example of TRUE CHRISTIANITY and you will show God's Glory in you as an example of God's wonderful coming Kingdom to this earth.
You will then KNOW and KNOW THAT YOU KNOW (you will have Godly Faith - given through God's Holy Spirit) that God WILL do as He has promised and that He has the POWER to do all that He has promised. (Heb. 11:1-6)
This then is how you will know if you are TRULY CALLED by God to Jesus Christ.
Please.... let God work in you to do His Will, and may God bless your calling.