“For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time-to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:9 NLT
What generosity! Before the beginning of time God had wonderful plans for us. He saved and called us to a holy life in Him. Not because of anything we did to deserve this, but because He is so gracious. How awesome it will be when we see our Father face to face in heaven. We will be looking directly at Love. (1 John 4:8)
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 NLT
God knew all of His sons and daughters before He formed them in their mother’s womb. And he set them all apart for special work to do in His service:
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV
See? We were all created by God in Jesus Christ to do good works, which He prepared in advance for us to do (before the beginning of time).
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” Ephesians 1:4-5, 11 NIV
Do you see how special we are to Almighty God and Jesus? And just how generous They are? They didn’t have to do any of this. They foreordained us because They Love us.
“This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God-who does not lie-promised them before the world began.” Titus 1:2 NLT
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