Whether you’ve been reading through the Bible all year, or have just joined us, what a blessing to come to this little letter of Jude!
To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: (Jude 1)
Charles Spurgeon, a famous English preacher of the 19th century, said,
“The general call of the gospel is like the sheet lightning we sometimes see on a summer’s evening–beautiful, grand–but whoever heard of anybody being struck by it? But the special call is the forked flash from heaven; it strikes somewhere. It is the arrow shot between the joints of the harness.”
When God calls us, He does it in a way that has His intended effect…He transforms our life and we respond to that call.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (Romans 8)
What a glorious promise of God– that everybody who is called is justified and also glorified– nothing can break down that process. And we are His beloved.