2pe 01v10 Make Your
"MAKE YOUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE"
II Peter 1:10
With the apostle Peter, I solemnly admonish you to give diligence to make your calling and election sure. Has Christ been revealed in you? Do you know the Son of God? Do you truly trust Christ alone as your Savior? Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Master? If you will be honest, you can know whether or not you are among the few whom God has chosen. You can know your election. Paul told the Thessalonians plainly that he knew they were God's elect for five reasons (I Thess. l:4-10). These are certain identifying marks of God's elect.
1. GOD'S ELECT HEAR AND RECEIVE THE GOSPEL IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (v. 5). Being taught of God, they are assumed of Divine truth.
2. GOD'S ELECT FOLLOW CHRIST (v. 6, compare v. 3) - Like Christ, those who are truly born of God, believe God, serve God with patience, hope, and love, and walk before him in the joy of faith. Like their Master, the people of God persevere in the hour of trial. They follow him.
3. GOD'S ELECT ARE COMMITTED TO CHRIST AND TO THE GOSPEL OF GRACE (v. 8).
4. GOD'S ELECT REPENT OF THEIR SINS AND TURN TO GOD WITH A TRUE HEART (v. 9). GOD'S ELECT LIFE IN THIS WORLD AS MEN AND WOMEN OF EXPECTATION AND HOPE, "WAITING FOR HIS SON" (v. 10). If indeed you and I are among those who are elect of God, our hearts should be filled with gratitude, praise, and admiration for him (Rom. -36). The only difference between the many who perish and the few who are chosen is the difference which grace has made (I Cor. 4:7; II Thess. 2:10-14). As for me, I gladly ascribe the whole of my salvation to God, who loved me freely with an everlasting love and saved me by his grace. "By the grace of God I am what I am." I am chosen by grace, redeemed by grace, called by grace, given faith to believe by grace, preserved by grace, and free grace alone shall bring me safely into heaven's eternal glory (Jude 24-25). "Oh to grace, how great a debtor, daily I'm constrained to be!"