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Jun 12, 2016
Passage: Jude 1:1 & 1 Peter 1:5

Sanctified, Preserved, & Called

…Sanctified…Preserved…Called…

I pray and trust that the LORD will let the reader—enter into the joy, comfort, and rest of His people, as HE let’s you hear the gospel of your salvation; looking at three things that distinguish every believer in the LORD. Every believer in CHRIST is sanctified, preserved, and called (JUDE 1:1):

Sanctified

The first characteristic that distinguishes every believer in the LORD JESUS CHRIST is that they are “…sanctified by God the Father.”

This is our gospel beloved, our HEAVENLY FATHER has sanctified (separated) a people to give to HIS SON, made his possession before the foundation of the world. (PSALM 2:8, EPHESIANS 1:3-6; 1:13-14)

Preserved

The second characteristic that distinguishes every believer in the LORD JESUS CHRIST is that they are “…preserved in Jesus Christ.”

This is our gospel beloved, our LORD and GOD JESUS CHRIST preserves (keeps) all those the FATHER sanctified in eternity to give to HIM. CHRIST has made us his purchased possession. The SON said to HIS FATHER before the foundation of the world ‘I shall save my people from their sins’ (MATTHEW 1:21). The angel of the LORD declared “He shall” beloved; by the doing and dying of our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST; we are found without blame before HIM in love, preserved and kept by the power of our faithful GOD, JESUS CHRIST. (1 PETER 1:1-5)

Called

The third characteristic that distinguishes every believer in the LORD JESUS CHRIST, is that they are “called”.

This is our gospel beloved, the FATHER has sanctified us, the SON preserves (and has preserved) us. Through HIS faithfulness we are kept by HIS power; and the HOLY SPIRIT calls us. And not just any call, beloved; it is a holy calling that is effectual!

The HOLY SPIRIT declares that GOD “…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,”. Beloved in “the day of GOD’s power” HE gives life to men and women individually; who are in one moment dead to GOD; who are in the next—quickened—made alive to GOD; exercising “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 TIMOTHY 1:9, ACTS 20:21)


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