In II Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Thessalonica who were enduring a cauldron of persecution and affliction. Instead of yielding to the intense suffering and retreating into a hardened, loveless protectionism,
Judas Iscariot’s betrayal alerts us to the fact that no one is exempt from the possibility of betraying Jesus. As the disciples sat together with Jesus at the last supper, Jesus made an announcement: “Behold,
Missionaries, like other servants of God, face the temptation of discouragement. Some things that contribute to discouragement include working among an unresponsive or hostile people group; frequent ministry trips away from spouses and family; trying
“(1.) To cry for help, hence to pray (Gen. 4:26). Thus men are” “said to “call upon the name of the Lord” (Acts 2:21; 7:59; 9:14;” Rom. 10:12; 1 Cor. 1:2). “(2.) God calls with respect to men when he designates them to “some special office (Ex. 31:2; Isa. 22:20; Acts 13:2), and when” he invites them to accept his offered grace (Matt. 9:13; 11:28; 22:4). “In the message of the gospel his call is addressed to all men, “to Jews and Gentiles alike (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15; Rom. 9:24,” 25). But this universal call is not inseparably connected with “salvation, although it leaves all to whom it comes inexcusable” if they reject it (John 3:14-19; Matt. 22:14). “An effectual call is something more than the outward message of “the Word of God to men. It is internal, and is the result of the” enlightening and sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit (John “16:14; Acts 26: 18; John 6:44), effectually drawing men to” “Christ, and disposing and enabling them to receive the truth” (John 6:45; Acts 16:14; Eph. 1:17).
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