Tuesday, 08 September 2009
In the first ten and a half chapters of Genesis God works with the created race, but He did not get through. Despite His great mercies and love, they still rejected Him. The created race failed Him.
Man fell to such an extent that all mankind rebelled against God to the uttermost, and built the tower and city of Babel to express their rebellion (Gen. 11:1-9). So God gave up the created and fallen race, and He called one, Abram, out of the race to be the father of another race.
Galations 3: 9. So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.
Out of a place filled with rebellion and idolatry, a place where everyone was one with Satan, God called a man named Abram. Then He renamed him Abraham (meaning father of many). From the time God called him out of Babel (later Babylon) into Canaan, God gave up the Adamic race and invested all His interest in this new race, with Abraham as its head. This is the called race, the transformed race. It is not a race according to nature, but a race according to faith.
Abraham was called out by God. The Greek word for church, ecclesia, means "the called out ones." Thus, we in the church are also the called out ones. Abraham was called out of Babel, the place of rebellion and idolatry, into the good land, which typifies Christ. We also were in Babel. We were fallen, we were rebellious, and we worshiped idols. Today the whole human race is in Babel. We used to be there, but one day God called us out and put us into Christ, the high land. We were called by God into "the fellowship “the participation” of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
1 Cor. 1:2 to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
Whenever we gather for public worship, it is because we have been summoned. It is a society of those who have been chosen, redeemed, called, justified, and are being sanctified until one day they will finally be glorified in heaven. We gather each Lord's Day not merely out of habit, social custom, or felt needs but because God has chosen this weekly festival as a foretaste of the everlasting Sabbath day that will be enjoyed fully at the marriage supper of the Lamb. God has called us out of the world and into his marvelous light: That is why we gather.
Are you a "called out one?" Do you believe that you have been called by God to faith in Christ?