Saturday, January 8, 2011

I am not ashamed of the Gospel!

   For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who 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. 2 Timothy 1:7-9

Matthew Henry's Commentary says...The gospel aims at our salvation: He has saved us, and we must not think much to suffer for that which we hope to be saved by. He has begun to save us and will complete it in due time; for God calls those things that are not (that are not yet completed) as those they were (Rom. 4:17); therefore he says, who has saved us...Christianity is a calling, a holy calling; the calling wherewith we are called, the calling which we are called to labour in... 

This passage in his commentary is pretty exciting! We are called not according to our works - that means not because of ANYTHING we have done. But, we are called according to His own purpose and grace! Thank you Jesus!


  1. That is such good news! What a gift to be reminded daily that I am called by nothing I do! I look forward to finally getting to come this week!