Daily Devotional 11-11-19

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:13–14

Notice the order here. Believers were chosen by God from the beginning. He foreknew all who would form part of the church, the body and bride of His Son. In bringing them to the knowledge of salvation He wrought upon their hearts by His Holy Spirit, thus separating them from the godless world around. As a result of the Spirit’s working they were led to believe the truth—“the word of the truth of the gospel” (Colossians 1:5)—and now they can look forward in faith to the coming glory into which they shall enter at our Lord’s return. How every heart should go out to God in thanksgiving when such grace is known!

I am not told to labor,

To put away my sin;

So foolish, weak, and helpless,

I never could begin.

But blessed truth—I know it!

Though ruined by the fall,

Christ for my soul hath suffered,

Yes, Christ has done it all.

And if I now would seek Him,—

In love He sought for me,

When far from Him I wandered

In sin and misery;

He oped my ears and gave me

To listen to His call;

He sought me and He found me—

Yes. Christ has done it all.

—Eversfield

 H. A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994), 320.