Who Are God's Elect?
by Sharon McClean
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This article is NOT fast food, but I do believe that it has a lot of nourishment!
1 Peter 2:6-Therefore it is also contained in Scripture, BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION a CHIEF CORNERSTONE, ELECT, precious, and he who believes ON HIM will by NO means be put TO SHAME. (KJV) (2 Tim. 2:15-STUDY to shew thyself APPROVED UNTO GOD, a WORKMAN that needeth NOT to BE ASHAMED, rightly DIVIDING the WORD of TRUTH.) (Ps. 2:6-Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, You are My Son, TODAY I have begotten You. (8) Ask of Me and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession. Is. 62:11-Indeed the Lord has proclaimed TO THE END OF THE WORLD: “Say to the DAUGHTER of ZION, “Surely YOUR SALVATION is COMING; Behold His reward is with Him, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM. (12) And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord: and you shall be called SOUGHT OUT, A CITY NOT FORSAKEN.
(Matt. 5:14-“YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A CITY THAT IS SET ON A HILL CANNOT BE HIDDEN.) Matt. 28:18-Then Jesus came and spoke to them saying, “ALL AUTHORITY has been GIVEN ME in heaven AND on earth. (19) “Go therefore and make disciples of ALL the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD. (KJV) Zech. 8:3-Thus says the Lord: I WILL RETURN to ZION, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. JERUSALEM shall be called THE CITY OF TRUTH, the MOUNTAIN of the Lord of hosts, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN. Jere. 51:24-And I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all the evil they have done in ZION in your sight, says the Lord. (25) Behold, I am against you, O DESTROYING MOUNTAIN, who DESTROYS ALL THE EARTH, says the Lord. And I will stretch out My hand against you, roll you down from the rocks, and make you a burnt mountain. (26) THEY SHALL NOT TAKE FROM YOU A STONE FOR A CORNER NOR A STONE FOR A FOUNDATION.
(Oh the mercies of the Lord are everlasting:)
Is. 30:18-Therefore THE LORD WILL WAIT, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore HE WILL BE EXALTED, that He may have MERCY on you. (19) For the people shall dwell IN ZION at JERUSALEM. Ps. 46:10-Be still, and KNOW that I am God; I WILL BE EXALTED among THE NATIONS, I WILL BE EXALTED IN THE EARTH!
Ps. 18:43- You have delivered me from THE STRIVINGS of the people; YOU HAVE MADE ME THE HEAD OF THE NATIONS: (46) THE LORD LIVES! Blessed be MY ROCK! LET THE GOD OF MY SALVATION BE EXALTED. It is God who avenges me, and SUBDUES the peoples under me; (49) Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, AMONG THE GENTILES, and sing praises to Your name. (50) GREAT DELIVERANCE He gives to HIS KING, and SHOWS MERCY to HIS ANOINTED, to DAVID and HIS DESCENDANTS FOREVERMORE.
Heb.12:22-But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to THE CITY of THE LIVING GOD, THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of angels. (23) to the general assembly and CHURCH of THE FIRSTBORN who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, (24) TO JESUS THE MEDIATOR OF THE NEW COVENANT, and TO THE BLOOD of SPRINKLING that speaks better things than that of Abel. (For Christ WAS the LAMB that was sacrificed.) Heb. 8:1-Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a HIGH PRIEST, who is seated AT THE RIGHT HAND of the THRONE of THE MAJESTY in THE HEAVENS, (2) a Minister of the sanctuary and of THE TRUE TABERNACLE which THE LORD ERECTED and NOT man. Ps. 78:68-But chose the tribe of Judah, (Which tribe our Lord arose from. Heb. 7:14) MOUNT ZION which He loved. (69) and HE BUILT HIS SANCTUARY like the heights, LIKE THE EARTH WHICH HE HAS ESTABLISHED FOREVER.
Returning to Heb. 8:3-For every HIGH PRIEST is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, Therefore it was necessary that this One also HAVE SOMETHING to OFFER. (4) For IF HE WERE ON EARTH, HE WOULD NOT BE A PRIEST, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law: (Heb. 9:28-So CHRIST WAS OFFERED ONCE to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly WAIT for HIM HE WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME, apart FROM SIN, FOR SALVATION.) (Col. 3:1-If then you were RAISED with CHRIST, SEEK THOSE THINGS which are ABOVE, WHERE CHRIST IS, SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD. (2) Set your mind on things ABOVE, not on things ON THE EARTH. 1 Sam. 2:10-The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; FROM HEAVEN He will thunder against them. THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. Ps. 102:18-This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord. (19) For He LOOKED DOWN from THE HEIGHT of HIS SANCTUARY; FROM HEAVEN the Lord viewed the earth, (20) To hear the groaning of the prisoner, to loose those appointed to death, (21) TO DECLARE THE NAME OF THE LORD IN ZION, and HIS PRAISE IN JERUSALEM. Jere. 51:10-The Lord has REVEALED OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, COME AND LET US DECLARE IN ZION THE WORK OF THE LORD OUR GOD.
Jere. 50:4-In those days and in that time, says the Lord, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together; WITH CONTINUAL WEEPING they SHALL COME, and SEEK THE LORD THEIR GOD. (5) They shall ask THE WAY to ZION, (Ps. 25:4-Show me YOUR WAYS, O Lord; TEACH ME YOUR PATHS. (5) LEAD ME IN YOUR TRUTH and TEACH ME. (12) Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall HE TEACH in THE WAY THAT HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.) Ps. 43:3-Oh, send out YOUR LIGHT and YOUR TRUTH! LET THEM LEAD ME; LET THEM BRING ME TO YOUR HOLY HILL and TO YOUR TEMPLE.) Returning to Jere. 50: 5- with their faces toward it saying, COME and let us JOIN OURSELVES to THE LORD in A PERPETUAL COVENANT that WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. (6) MY PEOPLE have been LOST SHEEP THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN their RESTING PLACE. (7) All who found them have devoured them; and their adversaries said, “We have not offended, BECAUSE THEY HAVE SINNED AGAINST THE LORD, THE HABITATION OF JUSTICE, THE LORD, THE HOPE OF THEIR FATHERS.
( Ps. 132:13-For the Lord has CHOSEN ZION: He has desired it for HIS HABITATION; (14-THIS IS MY RESTING PLACE FOREVER;) (Heb. 4:1-Therefore, SINCE A PROMISE REMAINS of ENTERING HIS REST, let us fear lest any of you seem to come SHORT of IT. (2) For indeed THE GOSPEL was preached to us as well as to them; but THE WORD which they heard DID NOT PROFIT them, NOT BEING MIXED WITH FAITH in those who heard it. (3) For we who have believed DO ENTER THAT REST, as He has said: “SO I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.) 1 Thess. 5:9-For God DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH, BUT to OBTAIN SALVATION through Jesus Christ. (John 15:8-By THIS My Father is GLORIFIED, that YOU BEAR MUCH FRUIT; so YOU WILL BY MY DISCIPLES. (9) As the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you; ABIDE IN MY LOVE.) (Jude 21-KEEP yourselves IN THE LOVE of GOD, LOOKING FOR THE MERCY of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
1 John 4:9-In THIS the LOVE of GOD was manifested toward us, THAT GOD HAS SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON into THE WORLD, that we might live through Him. (10) In THIS is LOVE, NOT that we loved God, BUT that HE LOVED US and SENT HIS SON to be the propitiation for our sins. (11) Beloved if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (12) No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another , GOD ABIDES in US, and HIS LOVE has been perfected in US, BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen (In the word) and testify that THE FATHER has SENT THE SON as SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.) John 3:16-For God so loved the world that HE SENT HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes IN HIM should not perish but have everlasting life. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON to CONDEMN the world, but THAT the world through Him MIGHT BE SAVED. 2 Corin. 5:19-That is, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING their TRESPASSES to THEM, and has COMMITTED to US THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION.
Is. 42:1-Behold! My Servant WHOM I UPHOLD, MY ELECT ONE in whom My Spirit DELIGHTS! I have put MY SPIRIT UPON HIM; HE WILL BRING FORTH JUSTICE TO THE GENTILES. (2) He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. (3) A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; HE WILL bring forth JUSTICE for TRUTH. (4) HE WILL NOT FAIL nor be discouraged, TILL HE HAS ESTABLISHED JUSTICE in the earth; and the COASTLANDS shall WAIT for HIS LAW. (Is. 2:3-He will teach us HIS WAYS, and we shall walk HIS PATHS, FOR OUT OF ZION shall go forth THE LAW, (Ps. 2:7-I will declare THE DECREE: (The Law) The Lord has said to Me, You are My Son today I have begotten You. (9) Ask of Me and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.) and THE WORD OF THE LORD from JERUSALEM. (Heb. 7:12- For THE PRIESTHOOD being CHANGED, of NECESSITY there is ALSO A CHANGE OF THE LAW. Heb. 5:5-So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him. You are My Son, TODAY I have begotten You.
Is. 49:7-Thus says the Lord, The Redeemer of Israel, THEIR HOLY ONE, to Him whom man despises, to Him whom the nations abhors, to the Servant of rulers: Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, BECAUSE of THE LORD who is FAITHFUL, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL; and HE HAS CHOSEN YOU. (8) Thus says the Lord: In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in the day of SALVATION I have helped You; I WILL PRESERVE YOU and GIVE YOU as A COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them TO INHERIT the desolate heritages; (9) That You may say to the prisoners, “Go forth, to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves. (Looking back at verse 6-I will also GIVE YOU as A LIGHT to THE GENTILES, that YOU should be MY SALVATION to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.)
Returning to Isaiah 42:6-I, the Lord, have CALLED You IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as A LIGHT to THE GENTILES, (7) TO OPEN BLIND EYES, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house. (8) I am the Lord, THAT is My name; and My glory I will not give to another,
2 Chron. 36:23-Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE EARTH THE LORD GOD OF HEAVEN HAS GIVEN ME. And He has commanded me to BUILD HIM A HOUSE at JERUSALEM which is in JUDAH. WHO is there among you of ALL HIS PEOPLE? May the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up! Is. 44:24-Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who makes all things, who stretches out the heavens all alone, who spreads abroad the earth by Myself; (25) Who frustrates the signs of the babblers, and drives diviners mad; who turns WISE MEN BACKWARD, and MAKES THEIR KNOWLEDGE FOOLISHNESS; (26) Who CONFIRMS THE WORD of His servant, and performs the counsel of His messengers; WHO SAYS TO JERUSALEM, “YOU SHALL BE INHABITED, to the cities of JUDAH, YOU SHALL BE BUILT, AND I WILL RAISE UP HER WASTE PLACES; (27) Who says to the deep, “Be dry! And I will dry up your rivers; (28) WHO SAYS OF CYRUS, “HE is MY SHEPHERD, and he shall perform ALL MY PLEASURE. Even saying to Jerusalem “YOU SHALL BE BUILT, And TO THE TEMPLE, “YOUR FOUNDATION SHALL BE LAID.
Is. 28:16-Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I LAY IN ZION A STONE FOR A FOUNDATION, a tried stone, A PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE, A SURE FOUNDATION; 1 Peter 2:4-Coming to HIM as to A LIVING STONE REJECTED by men, but CHOSEN by God and precious, (5) YOU also, as LIVING STONES, are BEING BUILT UP A SPIRITUAL HOUSE, a HOLY PRIESTHOOD, to offer us spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (6) Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I LAY IN ZION A CHIEF CORNERSTONE, ELECT, precious, and he who believes ON HIM will by no means be put to shame.
Is. 45:1-Thus says the Lord to His ANOINTED to CYRUS, whose RIGHT HAND I HAVE HELD—to SUBDUE NATIONS before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him THE DOUBLE DOORS, (Is. 61:4-And they shall REBUILD the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall REPAIR the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations. (5) Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks. And the sons of the foreigner shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. (6) But you shall BE NAMED PRIESTS OF THE LORD men shall call you the Servants of our God. You shall eat THE RICHES of THE GENTILES, and IN THEIR GLORY you shall boast. (7) Instead of your shame you shall have DOUBLE HONOR, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in THEIR LAND THEY SHALL POSSESS DOUBLE; everlasting joy shall be theirs. (8) For I, the Lord, love JUSTICE; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I WILL DIRECT THEIR WORK IN TRUTH, and will make with them AN EVERLASTING COVENANT. (9) THEIR DESCENDANTS shall BE KNOWN AMONG THE GENTILES and THEIR OFFSPRING among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, that THEY are THE POSTERITY whom the Lord has blessed. (10) I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the GARMENTS OF SALVATION, He has covered me with THE ROBE of RIGHTEOUSNESS, AS A BRIDEGROOM decks himself with ornaments, and as A BRIDE adorns herself with her jewels . (11) For as the earth brings forth ITS BUD, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, SO THE LORD GOD WILL CAUSE RIGHTEOUSNESS and PRAISE to SPRING FORTH BEFORE ALL THE NATIONS.)
Zech. 9:12-RETURN to THE STRONGHOLD, you prisoners OF HOPE. Even TODAY I DECLARE that I WILL RESTORE DOUBLE TO YOU. 2 Sam. 5:7-Nevertheless DAVID took THE STRONGHOLD of ZION (that is, the City of David.) (This is where we get a stronghold on the enemy as well, for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood.)
Returning to Is. 45:1-Thus says the Lord to HIS ANOINTED to CYRUS, (2) I will go before you AND MAKE THE CROOKED PLACES STRAIGHT; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. (3) I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, AM THE GOD OF ISRAEL. (4) For JACOB My servant’s sake, and ISRAEL MY ELECT, I HAVE EVEN CALLED YOU BY YOUR NAME. (Ps. 24:6-THIS is JACOB, the generation of those who seek Him, WHO SEEK YOUR FACE.) (Gen. 35:10-And God said to him, “YOUR NAME is JACOB; your name shall NOT be called Jacob ANYMORE, but ISRAEL SHALL BE YOUR NAME. So HE CALLED his name ISRAEL.) Returning back once again to Is. 45:5-I am the Lord, and there is NO other; There is NO God, besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, (6) That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is NONE besides Me. I am the Lord and there is NO other. (7) I form THE LIGHT and CREATE DARKNESS, I make PEACE and CREATE CALAMITY; I, the Lord, do ALL these THINGS. (8) Rain down, you heavens, from above, and LET THE SKIES POUR DOWN RIGHTEOUSNESS; let the earth open, let them BRING FORTH SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS SPRING UP TOGETHER. I, the Lord HAVE CREATED IT.
Is. 45:17-But ISRAEL shall be saved by the Lord with an EVERLASTING SALVATION; You shall not be ashamed or disgraced forever and ever. (18) For thus says the Lord who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, WHO DID NOT CREATE IT IN VAIN, who FORMED IT TO BE INHABITED: I am the Lord, and there is NO other. (Skipping ahead to verse 21-Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? HAVE not I THE LORD? And there is NO other God besides Me, a just God and a Savior; There is NONE besides Me. (22) LOOK to ME, and BE SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I am God and there is NO other. Acts 3:19-Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (20) AND THAT HE MAY SEND JESUS CHRIST, WHO WAS PREACHED TO YOU BEFORE, (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 since the world began. Acts 13:32-And we declare to you GLAD TIDINGS—that PROMISE which was made to the fathers. (33) God has fulfilled THIS for US their children, in THAT HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is ALSO written in the SECOND PS: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Gal. 3:13-Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree) (14) that THE BLESSING of ABRAHAM might come upon THE GENTILES in Christ Jesus, that WE might receive THE PROMISE of the Spirit through FAITH.
Rom. 4:13-For THE PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR OF THE WORLD was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of FAITH. Gal. 3:29-And IF you ARE CHRIST’S THEN you are Abraham’s SEED and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE. Rom. 15:8-Now I say the Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for THE TRUTH of GOD, to CONFIRM THE PROMISES made to the fathers, (9) and that THE GENTILES might glorify God for HIS MERCY. Rom. 9:15-For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY on WHOMEVER I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion. (16) So then IT IS NOT of him WHO WILLS, nor of him WHO RUNS, but OF GOD who SHOWS MERCY. Eph. 2:8-For BY GRACE you have been saved THROUGH FAITH, and THAT NOT of YOURSELVES; IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD, (9) not of works, lest anyone should boast, (10) For WE are HIS WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS, which GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND that WE should walk IN THEM. Titus 3:5-not by works of righteousness which we have done, BUT according to HIS MERCY He saved us, THROUGH THE WASHING OF REGENERATION and RENEWING of THE HOLY SPIRIT, (6) whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Philip. 2:13-For IT IS GOD who WORKS IN YOU BOTH to WILL and TO DO FOR HIS GOOD PLEASURE. 1 Tim. 1:15-This is a faithful saying and worthy of ALL acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I (Paul) am chief. (16) However, for THIS REASON I OBTAINED MERCY, that in me FIRST Jesus Christ might show ALL LONGSUFFERING, AS a PATTERN to THOSE who ARE GOING TO BELIEVE on Him for everlasting life. (Remember, Paul was not on his way to church or to prayer meeting when the Lord appeared to him! He was on his way to persecute Christians.) John 15:16-You DID NOT CHOOSE ME, but I CHOSE YOU and APPOINTED you that you should GO and BEAR FRUIT, and that your FRUIT should REMAIN, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. (So we ask Him to give His Son the nations as His inheritance and the ends of the earth for His possession. Knowing that if we ask anything according to HIS WILL that He hears us, and IF He hears us then we have the confidence, that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14)
James 2:13-MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT. James 5:7-Therefore be patient brethren, UNTIL THE COMING OF THE LORD. See how the farmer WAITS for THE PRECIOUS FRUIT of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the EARLY and latter rain. Is. 45:8-Rain down, you heavens from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, LET THEM BRING FORTH SALVATION, and let righteousness spring up together. I, the Lord have created it. Is. 27:6-Those who come He shall cause to take root IN JACOB; ISRAEL shall blossom and bud, AND FILL THE FACE OF THE WORLD WITH FRUIT.
Eze. 36:8-But you, O MOUNTAINS of ISRAEL, you shall shoot forth your branches and YIELD FRUIT TO MY PEOPLE ISRAEL, FOR THEY ARE ABOUT TO COME. (9) For indeed I AM FOR YOU, and I WILL TURN TO YOU, and you shall be tilled and sown. (10) I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, ALL OF IT; and the cities SHALL BE INHABITED and THE RUINS REBUILT. (11) I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, AND DO BETTER FOR YOU THAN AT THE BEGINNINGS. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God. Is. 41:8-But you ISRAEL, are My servant, JACOB, WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN, THE DESCENDANTS OF ABRAHAM MY FRIEND, (Matt. 22:14-For many are called, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN.) (9) You whom I HAVE TAKEN FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, and CALLED from its farthest regions, and SAID to you, You are My servant, I HAVE CHOSEN YOU and have NOT cast you away; (10) Fear not, for I AM WITH YOU; be not dismayed, for I AM YOUR GOD. I WILL STRENGHTEN YOU, YES I WILL HELP YOU, I WILL UPHOLD YOU WITH MY RIGHTEOUS RIGHT HAND.
Is. 43:1-But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O JACOB, and He who formed you, O Israel; fear not, FOR I HAVE REDEEMED YOU; I HAVE CALLED YOU BY YOUR NAME; YOU ARE MINE. (5) fear not, for I am with you; I WILL BRING YOUR DESCENDANTS FROM THE EAST, and gather you from THE WEST; (6) I will say to THE NORTH, “GIVE THEM UP! And to THE SOUTH, “DO NOT KEEP THEM BACK; BRING MY SONS FROM AFAR, and MY DAUGHTERS FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH—(7) EVERYONE WHO IS CALLED BY MY NAME, WHOM I HAVE CREATED FOR MY GLORY; I have formed him, yes I have made him.
Is. 49:3-And He said to me, ‘YOU are MY SERVANT, O ISRAEL, IN WHOM I WILL BE GLORIFIED! (Skipping ahead to verse 8-Thus says the Lord I will preserve YOU and GIVE YOU as A COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them TO INHERIT the desolate heritages; (Then looking back at verse 6-I will ALSO give YOU as A LIGHT to THE GENTILES, that YOU should by MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. Ps. 102:16-For the LORD shall BUILD up ZION; HE SHALL APPEAR IN HIS GLORY. John 1:14-And THE WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, AND WE BEHELD HIS GLORY, THE GLORY AS OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, full of GRACE and TRUTH. Ps. 2:7-I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, You are My Son, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) Ask of Me and I WILL GIVE You the nations for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ends of the earth for YOUR possession.
2 Peter 1:3-As HIS DIVINE POWER has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through THE KNOWLEDGE of HIM who CALLED US by GLORY and VIRTUE, (4) by which have been GIVEN to US exceeding great and PRECIOUS PROMISES, that THROUGH THESE you may be PARTAKERS of THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (10) Therefore, brethren, BE EVEN MORE DILIGENT to make YOUR CALLING and ELECTION SURE, for if you do these things you will never stumble. Rom. 1:1-Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, CALLED to be an apostle, separated to THE GOSPEL of GOD (2) which HE PROMISED before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, (3) Concerning His son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, (4) and DECLARED to BE THE SON OF GOD WITH POWER, according TO THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS, by THE RESSURECTION from the dead, (Heb. 12:14-Pursue PEACE with ALL men AND HOLINESS, WITHOUT WHICH NO ONE WILL SEE THE LORD.) 1 Chron. 16:20-Give to the Lord THE GLORY due His name; bring and offering, and come before Him. Oh, WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS! (30) TREMBLE before Him, all the earth. THE WORLD ALSO IS FIRMLY ESTABLISHED IT SHALL NOT BE MOVED. (31) Let the heavens be glad; AND LET THEM SAY AMONG THE NATIONS, THE LORD REIGNS. (34) Oh give thanks to the Lord, for HE IS GOOD! For HIS MERCY endures FOREVER.
Jere. 33:9-Then it shall be to Me a name of JOY, A PRAISE, and an HONOR before ALL NATIONS of the earth, who shall hear ALL THE GOOD that I do to them; they shall FEAR and TREMBLE for ALL THE GOODNESS and ALL THE PROSPERITY that I provide for it. (10) Thus says the Lord: AGAIN there shall be heard in this place—of which you say, “It is desolate, without man and without beast”-in the cities of Judah, in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolated, without man and without inhabitant and without beast, (11) THE VOICE of JOY and THE VOICE of GLADNESS, THE VOICE of THE BRIDEGROOM and THE VOICE of THE BRIDE, the VOICE OF THOSE WHO WILL SAY: “Praise the Lord of hosts, FOR THE LORD IS GOOD, for HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER”--
Returning to Rom. 1:5-Through whom we have received GRACE and APOSTLESHIP for OBEDIENCE to the FAITH among ALL NATIONS for His name, (6) among whom you also ARE THE CALLED of Jesus Christ. (Rom 8:28-And we know that ALL THINGS work together FOR GOOD to those who love God, to those who ARE THE CALLED according to HIS PURPOSE.) Acts 13:32-And WE DECLARE to you GLAD TIDINGS—THAT PROMISE which was made to the fathers. (33) God has fulfilled this for us their children, IN THAT HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. AS IT IS ALSO WRITTEN IN THE SECOND PS: “You are My Son, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.
Now WHO ARE GOD’S ELECT? Is. 45:3-I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, WHO CALL you by YOUR NAME, am the GOD of ISRAEL. (4) For JACOB My servant’s sake, and ISRAEL MY ELECT, I HAVE EVEN CALLED you by YOUR NAME; (6) That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is NONE besides Me. I am the Lord and there is NO other. (8) Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; Let the earth open, LET THEM BRING FORTH SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS spring up together, I, the Lord have created it.
Ps. 24:6-THIS is JACOB, THE GENERATION of those who seek Him, WHO SEEK YOUR FACE. Gen. 35:10-And GOD SAID to him, ‘YOUR NAME is JACOB; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but ISRAEL shall be YOUR NAME. So HE CALLED his name ISRAEL. Gen. 32:27-So He said to him, “WHAT IS YOUR NAME? And he said JACOB.” (28) And HE SAID, “Your name shall no longer be called JACOB, but ISRAEL; for you HAVE STRUGGLED WITH GOD and WITH MEN, and HAVE PREVAILED.
Pro. 16:14-As messengers OF DEATH is THE KING’S WRATH, but a wise man WILL APPEASE IT. (15) IN THE LIGHT OF THE KINGS’S FACE is LIFE, and HIS FAVOR IS LIKE A CLOUD OF THE LATTER RAIN.
Is. 45:8- Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; Let the earth open, LET THEM BRING FORTH SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS spring up together, I, the Lord have created it. Heb. 9:28-to those who eagerly wait for Him HE WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME, APART FROM SIN, FOR SALVATION. James 5:7-Therefore be patient, brethren, UNTIL THE COMING OF THE LORD. See how the farmer waits for the precious FRUIT of the earth, WAITING PATIENTLY for it UNTIL it receives the EARLY and THE LATTER RAIN. Eze. 36:8-But you, O MOUNTAINS of ISRAEL, you shall shoot forth YOUR BRANCHES and YIELD YOUR FRUIT to MY PEOPLE ISRAEL, for THEY ARE ABOUT TO COME.
Is. 27:6-THOSE WHO COME He shall CAUSE TO TAKE ROOT IN JACOB; ISRAEL SHALL BLOSSOM and BUD and FILL THE FACE OF THE WORLD WITH FRUIT.
John 16:13-However, when HE, THE SPIRIT of TRUTH has COME, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH; (8) And WHEN HE HAS COME, HE WILL CONVICT THE WORLD OF SIN, and of RIGHTEOUSNESS and OF JUDGMENT. (9) of SIN because THEY DO NOT BELIEVE IN ME. (John 1:29-Behold the Lamb of God who takes away THE SIN of the world.) Ps. 93:1-The LORD REIGNS, He is clothed with MAJESTY; The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. SURELY THE WORLD IS ESTABLISHED, SO THAT IT CANNOT BE MOVED. Ps. 96:10-Say among the nations, THE LORD REIGNS; THE WORLD ALSO IS FIRMLY ESTABLISHED IT SHALL NOT BE MOVED; He shall JUDGE the peoples RIGHTEOUSLY. (13) For HE IS COMING, for He is coming to JUDGE THE EARTH. He shall judge the world with RIGHTEOUSNESS and the peoples with HIS TRUTH.
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Dear Sister Sharon, I echo Sister Peggy's great comments. Yes, this is a Spiritual feast for our souls full of Hope and God's Goodness and words of Encouragement for our hearts for our lives!!! Yes, He who has a begun a Good work in us will complete it one glorious day!!! Philippians 1:6 (paraphrased) Thank You for sharing your heart so beautfully and Encouraging the Body of Christ with God's Revealed written Word!!! Great scripture verses,so many of my favorites you have chosen once again!!!:) With Love in Christ, Dee&David :):) "Numbers 6:24,25,26" Maranatha!!!!
Sharon- As usual, you bring us down God's garden path to His Valley of Delights! When we let this sink in, it is so exciting, especially to me, to dwell on such thoughts as: "Eze. 36:8-But you, O MOUNTAINS of ISRAEL, you shall shoot forth your branches and YIELD FRUIT TO MY PEOPLE ISRAEL, FOR THEY ARE ABOUT TO COME" Thanks to you, Sharon, for leading us in this refreshment from God's Word, and into HIs wonderful promises." Dennis Carey
Oh, Sharon, this is a feast, a banquet of Biblical knowledge set before us to savor so that we may receive God's nutrients! There is much to 'taste' here and we thank you for providing a 'multi-course' meal to nourish our souls and inspire our minds and hearts! We, as God's children, ARE 'living stones' and together we form THE cornerstone for God's community. We need this nourishment from the Bible in order to build a strong foundation, one that will stand firm and shine for the rest of the world to see! GOD BLESS YOU, dear friend! Love, Peggy
Heb.12:22-But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to THE CITY of THE LIVING GOD, THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of angels. This is packed full of confirmation. Revival is coming and breakthrough is coming. He is pouring out His glory and instilling the Nature of Christ into us. Glory!