Chapter One, Lesson Three
THE CALL OF GOD Page
** Can you think of someone else that the Bible specifically
says was under God's control while yet unborn?
John the Baptist - see Luke 1:13-16, 39-41
** Well, what about us? Is God in control of our lives from before we
Most definitely yes! cf. Ps. 119:73, Ps. 139:13-14
** Does it comfort your heart to know that God made you and chose you
from before you were born, and even though we rebelled against Him, He
sent His Son to redeem you?
This reassuring love of God for us keeps us secure in our relationship
with Him and obedient out of a loving and grateful heart for all that
our gracious God has done.
** Which of God's wonderful attributes do we see on display in the calling
He was called "through His [God's] grace". Remember what
we saw in 1Timothy 1:15, Paul was foremost of all sinners and yet was
saved by the grace of God!
V.16 ** How does our heavenly Father feel about revealing His
He is very pleased! cf. Matthew 17:5
** What is unusual about the way Paul describes where or how Christ had
The Father had not revealed Jesus Christ "to" Paul, but rather
"in" him. This was the moment of his salvation, of which Paul
would later write, "God willed to make known what is the riches
of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ
in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
** What was Paul to do with his salvation? For what purpose had he been
He was to "...preach Him among the Gentiles..." Paul was
to preach among the [ethnos], lit. races or nations, of the world!
** Paul was "called" to be saved and "called" to
serve! How about us?
Each one of us, as the children of God through faith in Jesus Christ,
have the exact same calling!
cf. Ephesians 4:12, 1Thessalonians 1:9, 1Peter 4:10
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