Thursday, September 22, 2016

Before the Ages Began

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Hear, O my people; to my law
devout attention lend;
let the instruction of my mouth
deep in your hearts descend.
 —Psalm 78:1
Suggested tune: Manoah (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
—2 Timothy 1:8-10
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
God first chose Christ as the Head and then looked through Christ upon us, and chose us to be members of Christ's mystical body. We are, none of us, chosen apart from Jesus Christ, but we are chosen in Christ, loved in Christ, given to Christ, united to Christ and accepted in Christ. This is a blessed way of being chosen, for none can separate us from Christ and, consequently, till the Father changes his choice of Christ, he cannot and will not reverse his choice of his people! Until Christ ceases to be God's elect, the Father can never cast away those who are chosen in Christ Jesus!


Moreover, we are told the time when this choice was made—"before the ages began." This is the earliest conceivable period. When this earth was fitted up for humanity, we know, for the Scriptures inform us, but how many ages elapsed before it was furnished for our race, we do not know. Yet long before that period the Father had chosen his people! The foundation of the world may mean its first creation, when it was spoken out of nothing—that must be ages of ages ago, but before that the Father chose us! Remember those words, "who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began." Before sun and moon had been created, or any of the visible things were formed, God had set his heart upon his people in Christ and ordained them to eternal life in him!
God's love is no novelty. His choice is no sudden act. Blessed doctrine!
—Charles Spurgeon (alt.)
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
There has never been a time when you did not know me O God. Thank you for your love and your forgiveness; and thank you for Christ and my membership in his body...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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