“Go On, Then” ( I Thessalonians 5:11 KNOX ) by Carley Evans


I don’t remember the exact date God asked me to do this, but He did. I used to think I must be arrogant to believe God asked me to write about a single verse every day. I used to obey every day but I’ve fallen off now and again only to get back to it, recalling this morning what He clearly commands in His Word:

Go on, then, encouraging one another and building up one another’s faith. 

 

“Cleansed From The Past” (2 Peter 1: 4, HCSB) by Carley Evans


God’s “divine power” gives us everything, writes Peter, that we need in order to have life and holiness. God gives us everything through knowledge of Him — that is, through our relationship with Him–and calls us to Himself “by His own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1: 3) In turn His glory and goodness allow us to “share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires.”

God calls us. He supplies us with His own divine power and allows us to share in His divine nature. Therefore, says Peter, we should “make every effort to confirm [our] calling and election” (2 Peter 1: 10) We should “make every effort to supplement [our] faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.” (2 Peter 1: 7)

As we confirm our election by living these qualities, we find that we remember that we are “cleansed from [our] past sins” and that we are not “useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1: 9, 8)

Don’t be “blind and shortsighted.” (2 Peter 1: 9)

Remember that Jesus Christ dies for you, that He lives forever to intercede for you, that He calls you with His own goodness and glory, provides you His divine power and grants you a portion of His glory and nature.

“Why Does He Still Find Fault?” (2 Timothy 1: 7, ESV) by Carley Evans


The Spirit you have within is “not of fear but of power and love and self-control,” writes Paul to his spiritual son, Timothy.

Paul tells Timothy not to “be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord.” (2 Timothy 1: 8) Paul reminds Timothy that God “saves us and calls us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gives us in Christ Jesus before the ages begin.” (2 Timothy 1: 9)

God’s calling is from before time — long in advance of any one thing we do or do not do. God “says to Moses, ‘I have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I have compassion on whom I have compassion.’ ” (Romans 9: 15) God “says to Pharaoh, ‘For this very purpose I raise you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My Name is proclaimed in all the earth.’ So then He has mercy on whomever He wills, and He hardens whomever He wills.” (Romans 9: 17 – 18)

God chooses Jacob to love, and Esau to hate. (Romans 9: 13) And this, “though they are not yet born and have done nothing either good or bad — in order that God’s purpose of election may continue, not because of works but because of Him who calls.” (Romans 9: 11)

Our eternal life is due to “Him who calls.” He calls us from darkness, leads us into His Light, gives us His Holy Spirit and walks us to His mountain. Our salvation has nothing to do with our works, which are — at the very best — side-effects of the Holy Spirit within us.