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2 Thessalonians 2:14
14 Whereunto [eis] [hos] he called [kaleo] you [humas] by [dia] our [hemon] gospel, [euaggelion] to [eis] the obtaining [peripoiesis] of the glory [doxa] of our [hemon] Lord [kurios] Jesus [Iesous] Christ. [Christos] KJV-Interlinear
14 And it was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. NASB
And what ‘this’ is Paul referring to? It is referring to Gods redemptive plan, first, for our salvation, to save us from eternal separation from God, and second, for our advancement to spiritual maturity. For that is where your life becomes complete.
2 Thess. 1:12
12 in order that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. NASB
This is the plan of God. That all would be saved, or at least have the opportunity to be saved. People can certainly choose against it. And so that we can all grow up to spiritual maturity. That too, is an optional opportunity. And again, certainly folks can choose against growing up as well.
But the best thing for your life, is to believe in Christ, and for those who have not already done that, then you simply say in your heart, ‘Father, I believe in Jesus Christ.’ Salvation is that simple.
Once you have believed in Christ then you cannot un-believe, that which you have already believed. You cannot cancel out a thought which you have already had, and go back to before you ever had that thought. So once saved always saved. Even if later in life, for whatever reason, you come to deny Christ, or simply want to wipe Him out of your life. You cannot.
God foresaw you in eternity past. God foresaw your entire life. He saw your thoughts and words and decisions, and He saw your belief in Christ. For this reason He loved those who believe truth and not lies. He saw, He loved, He chose, He called, and He transformed all who have believed, or will believe, in Christ, into a new spiritual species.
You are no longer tied to the traps of this world, no longer bound by the eventual destruction, that unbelievers and this world will eventually see.
1 John 3:1
3 See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. NASB
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; NASB
1 Cor 15:42
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; NASB
21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself. NASB
And there is nothing and no one who can prevent Gods plan from advancing to its ultimate completion.
2 "I know that Thou canst do all things, And that no purpose of Thine can be thwarted. NASB
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? NASB
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NASB
God has a plan for your life. His plan is far superior than any plan that you can even begin to imagine for yourself. God is better able to complete His plan for you, than you are for yourself.
And all you have to do in order to possess His plan for your life, is to study, listen, learn, understand, apply His principles to your daily life, adopt his principles for your daily life, and continue to do that everyday of your life, and in so doing, God will advance you in your spiritual life toward your ultimate completion as a person.
Only in doctrine, only in learning doctrine, is there any hope and any advance in your spiritual life. All of the singing, all of the devotionals, all of the fancy spiritual cliché words (hallelujah, praise God, amen) and so forth, used to impress men, will not accomplish what you need in order to grow up.
Can you graduate from school by not reading and writing and doing your school work? Can you graduate by merely feeling good about being there? No. And so it is with your spiritual life. Sooner or later you need to get off the devotional feel good train, and get on to the study and learn train. And then, your life will turn around, when you have doctrine of substance within your soul.
Wisdom comes from understanding, understanding comes from using, using comes from learning, and learning comes from studying with discipline and obedience to your daily doctrinal obligation to grow up in your spiritual life. Studying requires a word by word, line by line, precept by precept, approach to the Word of God.
When you advance in your spiritual life, then your emotions will allow you to appreciate the tremendous blessings that God has provided for you. It is better to actually experience those feelings, than to pretend them.
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