But may the God of all/every grace, who called us to His eternal glory by/in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, Himself perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.11 To Him be the glory and the dominion/power/kratos forever and ever (to the ages). Amen
I. To what are we Called?
Glory/dominion (life) of “The Messianic Age” in union with Christ aei always 104 aidios unending 126 Rm 16:25
Jn 2:2 Mt 22:3 sent out his servants to call those who were called to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.8 The wedding is ready, but those who were called were not worthy. 9 go into the highways, as many as you find, call to the wedding 14 For many are called, but few are chosen. Mt 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called <2822>, but few chosen/precious (adj)
Lk 14:24 none of those men who were called shall taste my supper. Eph 1:4Col 3:12 2Tim 2:10 1Pt 1:2 2:4,6,9 Re 17:14 called.chosen,faithful.
Rev 19:9 Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb! These are the true sayings of God
Lk 5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance 1Co 1:9 called into the fellowship of His Son Rm 1: to be saints
Gal 5:13 called to liberty; do not use liberty for the flesh, but thru love serve one another. Col 3:15 called in one Body (peaceful unity)
1Th 2:12 walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. 2Th 2:14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Heb 9:15 that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
1Tim 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life (dominon of the Age) which you were also called and have confessed
2Pt 1:10 brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and choiceness sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;
II. We get Glory by Suffering (16x) to Please God and do His Will
(cf Mk 10:37-45 Route to Glory=suffering sacrificial service)
1Pt 1:6 now for a little while, grieved by various trials, 7 that the refining of your faith...praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
1Pt 2:20 do good and suffer...meritorious 11 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example...
1Pt 3:9 not returning evil/reviling, but blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
1Pt 4:1 arm yourselves 12 do not think fiery trial strange 13 rejoice..partake Christ's sufferings..glory is revealed, glad exceeding joy
Col 1:9 filled with knowledge of His will 10 walk worthy of the Lord=fully pleasing Him: fruitful in every good work, increasing in the knowledge of God 11 strengthened with all might, acc to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks qualified inheritance
2Cor 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory 18 see the unseen
Heb 2:10 fitting in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
III. God's grace is sure to produce blessings in our lives as we draw on His grace to do His will
Ac 3:21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets
A. Perfect Mt 4:21...mending their nets. He called them2Ti 3:17 the man of God may be complete(-kata), equipped for every good work.
Gal 6:1 overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
1Th 3:10 night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith?
1Cor 1:10 all speak the same thing, no divisions among you, be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment
2Cor 13:11 Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love & peace will be with you
Heb 13:21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus
B. Establish 2Pt 1:12 For this reason I will...remind you always of these things, tho you know & are established in the present truth
Lk 9:51 when time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 16:26 great gulf fixed,
Lk 22:32 "But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."
Rm 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift/endowment of grace, so that you may be established----
Rm 16:25 able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation
1Th 3:2 minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith,
1Th 3:12 abounding love to one another 13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before God...coming of Lord...
2Th 2:17 comfort your hearts & establish in every good word & work 3:3 Lord is faithful, who will establish you & guard from evil one
Js 5:8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Rev 3:2 Be watchful & strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God
C. Strengthen 1Pt 3:7 giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being co-heirs of the grace of life, your prayers...
D. Settle/Foundation Mt 7:25 floods came, the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock
Heb 1:10 You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, Eph 3:17 Christ dwell by faith...rooted and grounded in love
Col 1:23 if continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hopeof the gospel
Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:
- Why does the God of all grace not establish, strengthen, and settle (foundation) us before or during the sufferings (attacks by Satan v8-9)?
- Why do some think “calling” results in automatic blessing/glory when the Scriptures clearly teach otherwise?
- What is our normal response to things not going our way? How does knowing God and His plans for us help us be joyful in sufferings?
- How can you currently experience and share the four blessings Peter mentions? How do they relate to ministry and disciple-making?
- How worthy and “choice” are you to participate in the future festivities? Is there any chance you could miss out on them? What can you do?