Called Out

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”  1 Pet 2:9-10


The word ‘Church’ in Greek is ‘Ekklesia’  which is a compound of ‘Ek’ meaning ‘out’  and ‘Kalio’ meaning ‘to call.’  As such, the Church implies to people ‘called out’ of spiritual darkness through faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. The Church is not a physical building but the spirit of those who are made alive by being baptized into Christ, buried together and brought back to life again through His resurrection. 

Simply put, the invisible Church is composed of those who are ‘called out’ by God not only outwardly but inwardly by the Holy Spirit. 

According to 1 Pet 2:9-10, the Lord spoke to us the ‘called out’ by using several term in order to help us appreciate our position in Christ.  He referred us as a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people and a people who have received mercy.  We occupy a very favoured position in God’s universe by grace through faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.


  1. A Chosen Generation

Peter uses terminology commonly used in reference to Israel.  Deut 7:6  In the same way, Israel was called to be God’s generation on earth  and to be witnesses for Him, the Church is now God’s chosen generation to display His glory.  This choosing is not because we are better than others or because we responded to God on our own.  This choosing is a work totally by God’s grace rendered to those who believe in His Righteousness.  Eph 1:4-6  This is important for us to know because often we are deemed to be the scum of the earth.  1 Cor 4:9-13  However, this choosing as God’s generation represents our salvation obtained through our faith in Jesus’ baptism and death.


  1. A Royal Priesthood

As chosen believers, we who are ‘called out’ from the world to become a royal priesthood for God.  In the OT, priest came from the lineage of Aaron   from   the   tribe  of  Levi.   Only   they  could   approach   God

at  the  temple   and  offer  sacrifices.  The priests  were anointed and

empowered by the Holy Spirit to minister to God and the people.  In the NT, there is no longer a priest who came from a specific tribal line.  True believers  in the righteousness of God are royal priesthood representing the fact that we have been united with Christ  through  His baptism and death. We are Christ’s body and whatever glory Christ receives we receive as well to serve His righteousness.  Rom 8:17


  1. A Holy Nation

Peter also says that the ‘called out’ ones are a holy nation.  This again is a terminology used of Israel.  In Exo 19:6, Israel was called a holy nation.  Israel was set apart by God for good works, to serve Him and worship Him.  In the same way, we have been called out and set apart to do good works.  This separates us from the world.  Eph 2:10   God chose us as His workmanship to display His wonderful salvation fulfilled in our lives to the rest of the world.


  1. A Special People

Peter declares that the Church is a people specially possessed by God.  Again this was something said about Israel in Deut 7:6   What does this mean?  It means not only we are here to serve God but more than that we are here for His pleasure.  Whatever we own, we own for our pleasure because it gives us joy.  Well,  God chose the ‘called out’ as a special people.  This knowledge of truth would drastically change our mindset when we are persecuted, mocked, abused and rejected by the world and yet, owned and treasured by God.  We are God’s treasured possession.  God gets great joy over us when we imitate, enjoy and walk like Him.


  1. A People Who Have Received Mercy

Peter says that the ‘called out’ ones has received mercy.  We are people whom God did not give the judgment and punishment that we deserved.  It has often been said grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve.  Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we deserve.  At NCCkl, we were once the people under God’s wrath because of sin.  Now, because of God’s grace through faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness, we have received mercy, forgiveness of sins and the indwelling Holy Spirit to become the people of God.


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Many Called, Few Chosen

“For many are called, but few are chosen.”.  Matt 22:14 


Many are called but few are chosen.  Our Savior often uses this expression.  The Jews and Gentiles had been called but few of them had been chosen to life, the elect of God.  This is also true that many who are in church may prove to be without the wedding garment of righteousness and show at last that they were not the chosen of God.

The provision made for perishing souls in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection is represented by a royal feast made by a king on the marriage of his son.  Our merciful God has not only provided food but a royal feast for the perishing souls of His rebellious creatures. 

The reason why sinners come not to Christ is not because they cannot but because they will not.  They are careless.  Multitudes perish forever through mere carelessness as to their souls. 

The parable ends with this haunting words, “for many are called but few are chosen.”   What does this parable mean to us?  There is a certain amount of mystery connected with evangelism.  We go out and invite many people to come to Christ but only a few of them become true Christians.  No matter what form of evangelism we use, only a few people will be converted and added to the local church.  What makes them unqualified to be saved?  Christ gave the answer in this parable.  He tells us about 4 kinds of people who disqualify themselves from salvation in Christ.


  1. Those Who Will Not Come Matt 22:2-3 

God sends us out to call everyone to come to Christ but many people simply won’t come, in fact the vast majority will not come.  No matter what we do or say, these people will not come to Christ and be converted.  Many people will continue to go down the broad road that leads to Hell.  Only a few people will enter the narrow road that leads to life in Christ.  Matt 7:13-14


  1. Those Who Pay No Attention Matt 22:4-5

These people are not quite blunt as the first group who simply ‘would not come,’  They will often come to church to hear the Gospel a few times but they do not get converted because they have no seeking heart.  Jesus said, concerning them,  “when they have heard, go forth and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life and bring no perfection.”  Lk 8:14.  They seemed to listen to the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  They seemed to be happy  in the local church.  However, sooner or later the cares and worries of the world and its desires of money and pleasure, choke them and they fall away from the local church.


  1. Those Who Rebel Matt 22:6

We should not be surprised when some people get very angry with us during evangelism, particularly when we are preaching the Gospel of God’s righteousness that speaks about Jesus’ baptism and death.  Jesus said,  “I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you .  If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”  John 15:19-20.   This is part of the price we pay for taking the Gospel to the lost in evangelism.  There will always be some people  who are angry with us for sharing the love of the Gospel.  They are really in rebellion against Christ.


  1. Those Who Refuse Faith In God’s Righteousness Matt 22:10

The one guest without proper wedding clothes represents all those who have not truly believed in the baptism, death and resurrection of Christ to be born again and to put on the garment of righteousness. They are the bad guests mentioned in verse 10.  Even though they have come to the king’s house with all the other guests but they will be thrown out.  The wedding garment represents the righteousness of God,  signifying those who have put their faith in the baptism and death of Jesus to receive perfect remission of sin and the indwelling Holy Spirit. 


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The Elect

“elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.”  1 Pet 1:2


It is imperative to know that the plan of God for the salvation of mankind were established within the Righteousness of God.  Even though God had saved all men through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection but only those who believe in His Righteousness are called according to the fore knowledge of God.  The word ‘elect’ simply means ‘chosen’ to be set apart for the glory of God. 

Who Are God’s Elect?  1 Thess 1:2-10

Without question the Word of God teaches that before the world began God’s sovereignty has planned salvation for man within the righteousness of God.  The purpose of God in election must stand, that it is not by works but by Him Who calls.  Our salvation is altogether the work of divine grace bestowed upon us through the merit of Christ’s righteous acts on earth. 

The Apostle Paul assured the believers at Thessalonica that they were numbered among God’s elect.  Then Paul listed 5 characteristics of  God’s elect, 5 identifying marks of election.


  1. God’s Elect Hear The Gospel of God’s Righteousness And Receive It In The Power of the Holy Spirit vs 5

All who are elect of God will hear the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection and sense a deep conviction in their hearts by the irresistible power of the Holy Spirit. They will be compelled to believe because the Gospel came not with words only but also in power, Holy Spirit and much assurance.


  1. God’s Elect Become Followers of Christ vs 6

All who are elect of God experience that their hearts and lives are radically changed by the Gospel Word of Righteousness.  Our Lord  said, “My sheep (elect) hear my voice and I know them and they follow me.”  Those who are born of God follow the example of Christ in faith, love and hope by the indwelling Holy Spirit. 


  1. God’s Elect Are People Committed To The Gospel vs 7 & 8

Paul knew that the Thessalonian believers  were truly God’s elect because they became example to all who believe.  From them, the Word of the Lord were sounded out in every place and their faith in God was spread abroad.  These men and women were devoted to the furtherance of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.  They did not have to be primed and pumped week after week to get them to walk with their Savior.  The love of Christ and the grace of God had gotten hold of their hearts. 


  1. God’s Elect Experience Genuine Conversion vs 9

The Thessalonian believers who are God’s elect turn to the Living Savior from idols to serve and worship Him only.  Conversion is a change and turning of the heart.  It is a change of mind, a change of masters and a change of motives.


  1. God’s Elect Are Waiting For Jesus Christ From Heaven vs 10

Those who are God’s Elect are born of God live in the anticipation of Christ glorious return to take them home from this fallen world.  They are created in God’s Righteousness, received perfect remission of sin, adopted as God’s children by the indwelling Holy Spirit, enjoy heavenly blessings and waiting to live as divine children throughout eternity.



We become God’s elect through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and are made obedient to the will of God. 

More than that, we have the blessing and forgiveness through the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ forever made possible by the baptism and death of Christ.  1 Pet 1:2


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Withstanding Pressure

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Phil 4:13 


The average person today faces a myriad of different pressure.  For some, I am sure, it feels like they are living in a pressure cooker.  Even the born again believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection are not exempted from the pressures of life.  However, feeling the pressure can actually be a good thing.  Why?  It will often drive us to rely on God’s presence, providence and power.  One thing God has taught me about the pressures of life is that it can either work for us or against us,  Listed below are some of the benefits of withstanding pressure with Christ as our strength :


  1. Contentment Phil 4:11-13

We must learn to be contented when withstanding pressure by being grateful for what we have and what we are in Christ.  Now you might think this sounds like a weird and almost impossible response when we are feeling the heat in life.  The Apostle Paul in the passage above was shackled to a guard in a Roman prison cell.  What Paul demonstrated was an art of contentment in a most awful situation.  Paul was saying this by his action, full or hungry with much or little and  comfort or adversity God is still our source.  It doesn’t matter what we are going through.  When we are going through a temporary rough patch or a temporary lean time, God is our source.  Contentment is only found when we are plugged into God,  No matter what is going around us, we can face anything through Christ Who infuses inner strength into us.  Paul looked for the good and was thankful in the midst of his adverse situation.  Paul was thankful he had a privilege to witness and impact the Gospel among the Roman troops even during this dire moments.


  1. Gratitude Rom 1:18-31

When we live a life filled with gratitude, we can withstand pressure.  The  seeds of depression  and bitterness will never grow  in a thankful heart.  In the passage above, Paul talks about people who are depraved when they resist the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.   If  you  read  carefully,  Paul  indicates  that ingratitude to God’s goodness leads one to depravity.  Bitter and depressed people don’t thank God for Who He is or for the things He has done.  This leads their minds being darkened.  This sin leads to another sin and to another sin until they end up in an absolutely depraved state.  Such attitude become the perfect recipe for emotional pressure among those who are unappreciative of God.


  1. Power Acts 5:27-42

The setting for Acts 5 is in Jerusalem a short time after the baptism, death and resurrection of Jesus.  Thousands of people had become Jesus’ followers.  This situation did not go unnoticed by Jewish leaders.  In fact, the Apostles had been arrested and warned not to speak anymore in the Name of Jesus.  They faced both religious and political pressure.  The Apostles were punished by the method of flogging.  Victims were whipped across the back with ‘forty lashes minus one’  and some died from the experience.  However, these early disciples did not crumble under the pressure that came against them.  Why?  They could withstand the pressure by claiming that ‘we must obey God rather than man’.  What about us?  We too face enormous pressure to administer the Gospel of God’s Righteousness in our culture.  There ae several values that can come from pressure when we glean the passage above demonstrated by the disciples.  Pressure can clarify our priorities, pressure can form our message, pressure can occasion our joy and pressure can foster our determination.



When a mother is giving birth to a baby, the pressure brings excruciating pain.  However, what enables the mother to endure the effects of the pressure is the fact her heart is fixed on the outcome produced by the pressure. 

Pressure will reveal the depth of our character, pressure will reveal the direction of our course and pressure will reveal the decisiveness of our commitment. 

In Phil 4:13, Paul wrote ‘I can do all things through Christ…..’


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Against All Odds

He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God and being fully convinced that what He had promised was also able to perform.  Rom 4:20-21


At NCCkl, we are so blessed to have the righteousness of faith like Abraham had.  Our faith and hope is simply rested on the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  The story of childless Abraham and Sarah and their miracle child Isaac is a story of hope in trusting  God against all odds.  While natural mind would say the promised child was an impossibility, Abraham had hope no matter what the obstacles stood against him.   

From the verses above, let us glean some of the key words that reflect the hope Abraham had against all odds.


  1. He Did Not Waver…..v 20

Abraham’s  faith was unshakeable and steadfast.  We must stand firm in the promises of God with courage and confidence.  Abraham did not allow his circumstances to hinder his hope in God.


  1. …At The Promise Of God v 20

The promise of God is unchanging, why should we even think of wavering?  How simple it ought to be to have hope in God when we consider the faithfulness of Him Who promised.  All the promises of God in Christ are yes and Amen, unto the glory of God by us.  Throughout the Bible there is not one word that has failed of all the promises God gave His people through His servants.


  1. ….Through Unbelief v 20

Without faith it is impossible to please God.  Unbelief impedes hope in God.  Unbelief is a curse from the devil to prevent our faith and hope in God.


  1. …..But Was Strengthened In Faith v 20

Though Abraham faced the bleak biological reality but he did not allow the weakening of his  hope in God.  At all circumstances, we  ought to strengthen ourselves in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Gos is sovereign.


  1. ….Giving Glory To God v 20

The desire to glorify God is perhaps a forgotten motive in our believing God for answered prayers and promises.  Most of us after receiving our prayers have a tendency not to appreciate God.  In fact, our motive for God to be glorified must be paramount in all our prayer requests.  Personally, I noticed when I have such an attitude, prayers  are answered


  1. …..Being Fully Convinced v 21

We must be fully persuaded that the God we believe is able to keep His promises.  We must be convinced that God works for us and not against us.  As such, we must not doubt when we ask God for something in the time of need.


  1. ….He Had Promised v 21

God, Who does not lie, promised to be reliable and trustworthy.  It is not difficult to have hope in God’s promises when we consider the utter impossibility of God lying to us.


  1. …..He Was Also Able To Perform v 21

What is impossible with man is possible with God.  With God all things are possible.  The disciples of Jesus recognize the value of unshakeable hope and appealed to God to increase their faith.  The Apostle Paul lived out this message of hope in his own life.  The Lord assured Paul that they would be safe during a furious storm on the sea.  Paul then encouraged his shipmates  with a confident declaration to stay calm and courageous because God is able to keep them from sinking.  Acts 27:25



Therefore, “it was accounted to him for righteousness”  Rom 4:22  Now God’s approval of Abraham’s faith was not written for his sake alone but also for us.  

Today, righteousness  of faith will be imputed to us when we believe in God Who sent Jesus to take our sins through His baptism and death.  God raised Jesus from the dead to justify our faith in God’s Righteousness.


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Reasons To Hope

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  Rom 5:5


It is important to know that as believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection, we have been given tremendous hope in Christ by God.  When discouraging and depressing situations threatens our born again soul, we look to God to lift us up in Christ. 

Once fear is cast out, we then have to build Christ’s hope in its place, a beautiful virtue and life transforming grace that yields multiple benefits. 

When we do this, there are several God given reasons to hope in Christ.


  1. Hope Leads Us To Rely On God’s Presence

In Rom 5:3-5, Paul says that we can rejoice in our hardships because we are a people of hope.  How can we have hope when everything looks hopeless?  In the midst of hardship, we can rejoice because these challenges causes us to rely on God’s presence.  When we go through hardship, we often pray and seek God more intensely than at other times.  My greatest times of growth have been when I have reached the end of my resources and all I have left is Jesus.  God uses hardship to make us rely on His presence. Ruminate God’s love based on what Jesus did for us through His baptism and death that releases hope of assurance.


  1. Hope Leads Us To Rely On God’s Provision

In 2 Cor 12:7, Paul reveals that he has suffered from a ‘thorn in the flesh.’  God was concerned about Paul not becoming proud and He allowed this to happen to him from becoming conceited.  In our current situation, God is saying to us that His grace is sufficient even when we feel weak.  God is making us stronger than we have ever been.  His grace is not an abstract idea, it is the Person of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.


  1. Hope Leads Us To Rely On God’s Power

In 2 Cor 12:9b, Paul is rhetorically asking what is undermining us, is it finance,  health, family  issues,  studies  or job issues.  Whatever  it is, Paul says he will boasts in those things because when we are weak, the power of Christ rests on us.  The greater the enemy comes at us, the greater Jesus is in us. 


  1. Hope Leads Us Forward

Hope in Christ is a realistic expectation of and joyful longing for future good and glory based upon the reliable Word of God’s Righteousness found in the Gospel of water and Spirit.  The more we long for the future, the less we will yearn for the past.  Hope delete regrets and underlines expectations.  It diminishes drag and increases momentum in our faith life. 


  1. Hope Lightens Our Darkness

Hope does not deny nor remove the reality of dark and painful providence.  However, it does shine bright light into those valleys and points to the sunrise at the end of them. 


  1. Hope Increases Faith

Faith fuels hope but hope also fuels faith.  As Hebrew 11 makes very clear, hope and faith are very closely tied together, one enlivening the other.  Without faith we cannot soar in hope but with hope faith will limp home.  The greatest believers are greatest hopers…  and vice versa.


  1. Hope Is Infectious

Just as we can drag others down by our recrimination and criticisms, so we can inspire and motivate others through our hope in Christ.  It not only encourages other weak Christians but it also impacts depressed unbelievers who cannot but ask a reason for the hope they see in us.  1 Pet 3:15


  1. Hope Defends

Paul also depicts hope as a defensive helmet that must not be taken off and laid aside until the battle is over.  Eph 6:17; 1 Thess 5:8.  The helmet points us to the area of greatest vulnerability and danger – our minds or thoughts.  That is where Satan usually works to present reasons to doubt and despair.  This is the reason why we need our minds daily renewed by the power of hope in the Gospel Word of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.


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Overcoming Battles

“Blessed  is  the man  who  trusts in the Lord,  and  whose hope  is the Lord.,”  Jer 17:7


Psalms 27 reflects an imagery of battle being portrayed in several of its verses.  Words like enemies, foes, host and war speak of warfare being waged against David.  It appears as though David was engaged in an adverse situation but yet having tremendous amount of hope in God in the midst of the battles.

As believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection, hope becomes a powerful thing to us.  There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great and no tonic so powerful.  Hope from the world’s view point is just a wish or a desire.  However, the Bible teaches a vastly different definition of hope. 

It teaches us that hope is “a deep settled confidence that God will keep His promises.” 

Now,  I know at NCCkl, we do encounter battles at times but do we have hope?  Are we resting in the sure confidence that God will do just as He has promised He would do?  Through  Ps 27 verses 1-6, I would show from the words of David, why we have a reason to hope in the Lord, where our hope comes from and what hope overcomes our battles in the Lord. 


  1. Our Confidence In The Lord Provides Hope Ps 27:1-3

David begins his psalms of hope by declaring his personal faith in the Lord.  Notice the three fold use of the word ‘my’ in verse 1.  David has a personal relationship with God.  This is the basic foundation for hope.  Confidence in the person of the Lord enables David to declare that God is his light, salvation and strength.  These three great characteristics of God serve to give us hope even in the midst of battle.  Knowing of Who our Lord is removes any fear that should arise against us.  Satan himself is no match for our sovereign God.  In verse 2-3,  David declares his confidence in the providence of the Lord.  David declares that his present hope rest upon that which the Lord has done for him in the past.  God did not fail him then and He will not fail His child today.


  1. Our Commitment To The Lord Provides Hope Ps 27:4

Not only does living with our faith give us hope but also living faithful to the Lord provides a measure of hope that cannot otherwise exist. David mentioned three goals in verse 4.  These three goals all arise from a single commitment to serve the Lord faithfully from a heart of love.  Firstly, David is committed to lingering near the Lord.  He wants to spend his entire life in the house of the Lord.  He wants to be in that place where the Lord dwells and where the Lord’s presence is real.  Secondly, he is committed to loving the Lord.  David wants to behold the beauty of the Lord.  He wants to seek God’s face.  We see, not only is David committed to being where the Lord is but he is also committed to worshipping the Lord. Thirdly, David is committed to leaning on the Lord.  David expresses his desire to call upon the Lord to commune with God.  David here declares his utter dependence upon the Lord for the necessities of life.  David looks beyond his own abilities and sees the limitless provisions of the Lord.  Our commitment to God provides hope in the day of our battles.  As we linger near God, love Him for Who He is and lean on Him, we can have the absolute confidence that God will see to our needs and the things that will cause us to worry.


  1. Our Comfort In The Lord Provides Hope Ps 27:5-6

God has a sheltered place for us.  David tells us that the Lord will hide him in God’s pavilion.  Those who are fortunate enough to be allowed to enter the king’s pavilion will be protected by the soldiers during the battle.  As the battle of life rage about us, we are safely tucked away in our King’s pavilion.  Could there be a safer place in all the universe?  Of course not!  Those who have entered God’s pavilion are protected by Him and even while the battle rage around them, they are clothed with the peace and joy of the King Himself.  This is a promise to those who will abide in God’s secret place.  No enemy can penetrate the defences and enter God’s secret place.  The assurance of God’s sheltering place allows us to weather the storms of life with hope.  There is a place we can flee to during the battle that rage around us.  A place that affords us quiet, peace and the profound presence of God.  Those who have learned to abide in God have been to that place and know the glory of it.  David has the assurance that even when life threatens to overflow him, the Lord will set him on a rock, a place that is unchangeable, powerful and immovable.  Of course, this rock refers to none other the Lord Jesus Christ.


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Living Today For Tomorrow

“being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,”  Col 1:11



It is imperative for the believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to recognize that they are called to a life of endurance empowered by Christ and accompanied by joyful thanksgiving.  Endurance requires patience because reward for today’s right choices will come but it may be months or years from now or not until we leave this world. 

Today’s decision  determine who we will be tomorrow. 


Paul challenged his disciples, “share in suffering as a good soldier in Christ Jesus”  2 Tim 2:3   Soldiers expect hardship and are trained to face it.  Today’s roadblocks and distractions make endurance in Christian life seem unattainable.  Failure to endure in marriage, jobs, church or any part of life has become normal.  A consistent long-term obedience without periodic diversions into sin and unfruitfulness seem an impossible dream.  Listed below are some of the characteristics identified in Christian endurance ordained by God.


  1. Endurance Is Never Automatic

Following Christ isn’t magic.  It requires repeated action on our part which develops into habits and life disciplines.  Christ oriented endurance doesn’t just happen, any more than running a marathon or climbing a mountain just happens.  Endurance requires a good plan with clear and tangible steps that are taken one after the other.  We want the fruit of the spiritual disciplines but often we are unwilling to do the work they actually require.  We want the rewards without the sacrifice.


  1. Endurance Involves Daily Choices To Do Good Works

I know some of you are thinking, we are born of the water and Spirit by grace through faith, no works involved.  We shouldn’t be talking about works, just grace, right?  Wrong.  While we as the believers in  the  Gospel  of  God’s  Righteousness  oppose works – righteousness but we never oppose  righteous  works.  Indeed, God  Himself promotes righteous works and a spirit of disciplined endurance to bring about our transformation.  More so, it is  God’s sovereign grace that empowers us to do good works, which are central to our calling.  In Eph 2:8-10, if we notice the text, God explicitly claims that we are not saved by good works but we are saved to do good works by His power and to His glory.  Scripture frequently depicts God’s empowerment of us alongside our endurance to live an empowered Christian life. Col 1:28-29


  1. Choosing Companion For Life Of Endurance

We will become the kind of person we choose to spend time with, whether at work, school or church.  “Do not be misled: “bad company corrupts good morals” 1 Cor 15:33  Talk to those who have endured and you will find they have chosen good friends who raise the bar instead of lowering it.  Make sure your friendships are centred on Christ.  “He who walks with the wise grows wise but a companion of fools suffer harm.”  Prov 13:20   When we choose to spend our leisure time with someone, it has the power to dramatically shape our lives.  A great way to endure in the faith placed in the gospel of God’s Righteousness is to study and pattern our lives after those who have lived a sustained obedience in the same direction.  God has  also placed in His Church examples of those who endure in obedience in Christ.  Find them and spend time with them.  Sit at the feet of the wise, not fools.


  1. Humility, Generosity And Purity As Paths Of Endurance

Choose pride and you will get God’s opposition.  Choose humility and you will get God’s grace.  This is why the proud fall away while the humble endure.  It is why none of us should ever view ourselves as celebrities, only servants.  We are God’s errant boys and girls.  What a privilege that is!  God humbles us in the ways He knows best.  Though we have thorns in the flesh but yet God says “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”   “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”  Prov 16:18



Endurance is Christ’s call to follow Him and to finish strong for God’s glory.  There is no higher calling, no bigger privilege and no greater joy than serving our Savior.


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Bread of Life

“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.  John 6:35


According to the passage above, Jesus refers to Himself by declaring “I am the bread of life.” 

Since the Lord Himself is the bread of life, when one eats this bread of life by faith, then he receive everlasting life. 

The Lord spoke of Himself by drawing an analogy to the bread to explain that He came to this earth to give eternal life to all human beings.  To do so, Jesus was incarnated in the flesh of man, was baptized by John the Baptist to accept the sins of mankind onto his own body.  Subsequently, He washed away all our sins through His baptism and carried the sins of the world to the cross to bear all our condemnation.

From John 6:16-40, it is written prior to today’s scripture passage that our Lord fed more than 5,000 people by blessing five barley loaves and two fishes.  The next day, the people hurriedly came looking for Jesus because they had eaten the bread of the flesh and wanted their carnal affairs met.  I identified three important truths that is imperative for our spiritual well being during Jesus’ long conversation with them.


  1. What Are You Labouring For? John 6:26-27

Jesus declared that we are to labour for the food that endures to everlasting life.  The Son of God came to this earth incarnated with flesh and said that He Himself will give the bread of everlasting life to those who earnestly seek Him.  This is the reason Jesus said “don’t work for the food that perishes.  Far from it, we should labour for the food that will make us live forever.”   Jesus is the bread of life.  Those who ate the manna during the time of Moses all died, just as everyone in this world who eat the perishable food will also die some day.  However, those who really believe in the Lord with their hearts will attain new and everlasting life.  It was completely wrong for them to follow the Lord for any other purpose, only to obtain the food that would perish,  to see signs and miracles or to prosper materially.  Even though  our  Lord  came  to  this  world  as  the  true  bread of life, countless people remain unable to obtain true life because they believe in Jesus mistakenly.  I is completely wrong to believe in Jesus and to follow Him only for fleshly needs and as a matter of religion.


  1. What To Do To Do The Works Of God? John 6:28-29

The people said to Jesus “you told us to labour for the bread that endures to everlasting life but what shall we do to do the works of God?”  Jesus then answered and said to them, “this is the work of God, that you believe in Him Whom He sent.”  We must keep in mind that to believe in Him Whom God sent is to do God’s work because Jesus is the One Who has blotted out all the sins of the world and Who gives everlasting life.  To believe in Jesus is to do God’s work and this is the way to everlasting life.  In contrast, for us to do good deeds blindly, to fast and pray a lot or to serve others in any way do not necessarily mean that we are doing God’s work.  In other words, our Lord wants us to really receive the bread of eternal life by believing in Him.  To blot out our sins, the Lord shouldered them by being baptized and paid off all wages by shedding His blood on the cross, thus making us sinless.


  1. What Kind Of Person The Father Draws? John 6:37, 44

Who are those Whom the Father send to Jesus Christ?  They are those who seek the things of Heaven, poor in spirit and who recognize they are sinners before the Law of God.  God never sent anyone who seek the fleshly desires and the things of the earth.  Everyone knows whether or not there is sin in their hearts.  We know ourselves whether we want to believe in Jesus for spiritual purpose of receiving the remission of sins or for the carnal purpose of prospering in this world.  Yet despite this, many people still continue to deceive their own conscience and make a mockery out of God.  Those who have not been born again seek the things of the flesh and they are more than capable of justifying this.  However, what is clear is that the motivation to become a Christian must be spiritual.  Jesus came to this world as a Savior Who would deliver us from our sins.  Mt 1:21   This means that Jesus is the One Who saved us from all our sins, not someone who makes us rich, prosperous or popular in this world.  We believe in Jesus in order to receive the remission of sins, to become God’s children and to enter and live in the Kingdom of God.


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What Kind Of Life Should The Righteous Live?

Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one;[a] otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old..”  Luke 5:36


It is imperative to know whether we have received the remission of sins by believing in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  Are you without sin?  We must acknowledge in our hearts that our Lord saved us from all our sins because He gave up His flesh and blood. 

We who have a deeper understanding of this Gospel Truth, should earnestly desire to live for the righteousness of the Lord instead of living just for the flesh.

Let us reason out!  What else in this world is worthy for the righteous to live for? The Lord has saved us perfectly from sins, worries,  concerns, fears and has given us the blessing and opportunity to serve His Righteousness.   I truly believe the most upright thing for us to do is to serve the Lord, seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness and to live a life doing new things in the new creation life in Christ.  


  1. A Life of Serving Luke 5:36 

It is an upright faith to profess that serving our Lord only is the right thing to do.  The Word from today’s Scripture passage above says “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old.”   It would be terribly wrong if we who have received salvation would go back to a life of the past.  The Lord clearly says no one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one, otherwise the new makes a tear and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old.  Our life after receiving salvation should be a life of serving the Lord by faith Who has become our Master.  All of us used to live only for our flesh before being born again.  However, it must be different now.  We cannot live only for ourselves because we now belong to Jesus Christ.  The Lord has made us His own by His atoning sacrifice.  We who have born  again must live a life serving the Lord  and  serving the gospel through God’s Church. If we receive salvation by faith but continue to live the way we used to live, we cannot live out our faith that is united with God’s will.


  1. A Life Seeking The Kingdom And His Righteousness Mt 6:33

The Lord said “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  What does this Word mean?  It means that the Lord helps and blesses us in any realm of our life when we live for the Righteousness of God.  God intervenes and blesses all aspects of the life of the righteous.  The Lord cares for the righteous.  The Lord fully intervenes in all our endeavours to help us lead an upright life.  There is none who has not received blessing of God among the people who have become righteous and have lived with the guidance of the Church.  What is Church life?  A Church life is one where the born again saints get together  and join their hearts to seek God’s Righteousness and His Kingdom.  Saints who have become righteous through the Lord must dwell in the Church of God and joined together among the righteous to fulfil the call.


  1. A Life Of Doing New Things 2 Cor 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  What does the Scripture say about the righteous?  It identifies the righteous as a new creation since the old things are gone. No matter how we have lived before and what our heritage were, all of us who know and believe in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness have become new beings.  We are definitely not an old thing.  We have been new beings ever since we were born again.  Our old selves died at the same time we became born again.  We have become a new thing in the Lord.  We must now do righteous work of God because we have become new beings.    All righteous persons would desire to do something new.  They really want to do new work that are different from the things they  used to do according to their old way of life.  The Church becomes new, the persons become new, the pastor becomes new, the leaders become new, their spouses become new and brothers and sisters become new.  All those newly born again saints want to meet and fellowship with each other in the Holy Spirit.  What is the reason?  It is because they all have become new and are seeking to do new things and exploits for Jesus.


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