who 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 granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,2 Timothy 1:9(NASB)
God saved us from the penalty of sin at Calvary. God continues to save us from the power of sin throughout our Christian life, and God is going to save us from the presence of sin when we stand before Him in glorified bodies - and it is all by grace.
We were not saved because of our goodness or achievements. We were not redeemed because of anything that we have done. We were not adopted into God's family due to any merit that comes from us, but because in eternity past He purposed to save us - by grace.
God knew before time began who would trust in Christ as Saviour, and predestined them to become like His Son: "And those He predestined He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified." - by grace.
And because we have been saved spirit, soul, and body we have a holy calling. We are called to be holy, called to be spiritual, called to be set apart unto God, and called to live a godly life that is well-pleasing to Him. This is His will and purpose for all who are born from above, and it is ALL by grace.
God saved us and called us to live a holy life and He did this, not because we deserved it, but because this was His plan from before the beginning of time. He did to show us His grace.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You called me for a holy calling, according to Your purpose and great grace which You granted me in Christ Jesus from all eternity. Thank You that You saved me and called me, not according to my own merit, but by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, in Whose name I pray, AMEN.
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