Monday, May 11, 2020

"The Called"

“The Called”

For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.  Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom, because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.                                   1 Corinthians 1:22-25

The CALLED, those whose SPIRITUAL EYES have been opened to BELIEVE the BLESSED GOSPEL of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.  The Apostle Paul’s ministry was mainly to the Gentiles, anyone who was not Jewish.  Paul and the other CALLED-OUT ones PREACHED CHRIST CRUCIFIED, and this became a STUMBLING BLOCK to those of the Jewish faith and it was FOOLISHNESS to the GENTILES. 

It was/is NOT by mankind’s desire nor their initiative that they are drawn to the GOSPEL, but it was/is by GOD CALLING them, and their POSITIVE response, in which they saw things in a different perspective.   What was once a STUMBLING BLOCK to the Jews, and FOOLISHNESS to the GENTILES, became ENLIGHTENMENT to those CALLED by God.  They came to the realization that God’s foolishness is WISER than HUMAN WISDOM, and God’s weakness is STRONGER than HUMAN STRENGTH.  This was made POSSIBLE through the PREACHING of CHRIST CRUCIFIED.  And this message OPENED the eyes of those who were/are CALLED through FAITH to BELIEVE the GOSPEL, and to become the CALLED, and to SPREAD the GOSPEL to a LOST and DYING WORLD. 

Has God been CALLING YOU to REPENTANCE, to BELIEVE by FAITH, that JESUS CHRIST gave His life, so that you might have ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN?  What is your RESPONSE?   If you REJECT His CALLING, you will spend your ETERNAL LIFE in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPING, after you are there.  In order to ACCEPT His CALLING, you MUST BE WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and be one of the CALLED, and SPREAD the GOOD NEWS of CHRIST CRUCIFIED, RESURRECTED, and COMING SOON.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

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