2 Timothy 1:9,10--He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. This has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
This morning as I was enjoying my time with God I was thrilled by the realization that God extended His grace to me before the beginning of time. There was that wonderful moment of electricity down my spine. I find in my heart a bubbling up of love for our Lord.
Consider that the God of the universe calls and saves us irrespective of our efforts. The more I grow in knowing God the less impressed I am with myself and humanity. I do not mean this in a disparaging way. I simply mean God's love completely overwhelms my feeble notion of love. He calls to us not because we can give something back! He calls to us to fulfill His own purpose—to make us holy and bring us into a relationship with Himself.
In a society that measures everything by time isn't it mind-boggling that God before the beginning of time extended His grace to us?!!!
In a world that defines life from dust to dust how remarkable that Jesus ushers in eternal life—real immortal life, the stuff scientists cannot fathom! And He, this great Lover and Giver, thought it all up for us before He launched time. Words are not needed to express the kind of intimacy such grace invokes.
All saints of God know those times when in closest communion with God nothing is articulated, and yet there seems to be an absolute intimacy not so much between God's mind and their minds as between God's Spirit and their spirits.—Oswald Chambers in Christian Disciplines
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)