Are You Appointed to Eternal Life


I am certain that I have written and asked the question Are You Appointed to Eternal LifeIt is a critical and pivotal concept in Christendom, so I am writing about it again as it surfaced in Acts 18. If you have been reading, you know that I have been moving through Acts 18. Consequently, the appointment concept is presented by Jesus to Paul as Paul was going about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in Corinth.

First, let’s see other important facts from Acts 18

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.

When God gives us a task to accomplish, as He had with Paul, we, like Paul, can work in accomplishing that task without fear. Jesus told Paul not to be afraid of speaking the gospel. Notice, it was the gospel that Jesus told Him to “keep on speaking, do not be silent”. It’s the work that Jesus will protect us for. In reality that is the value we have been assigned by God. We are here to do His work. If we are not doing His work, what value do we have to the Lord Jesus?

Jesus tells Paul, “I am with you”. This is reminiscent of what Jesus told the disciples in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. Wherever we see “I am with you” in the bible people accomplished the mission God gave them to do. No harm befell them when He gave them that assurance. Look it up. It’s there, and it is true. Now, Jesus did not tell Paul that people would stop attempting to attack him. He only said that they people’s attacks would not lead to him being harmed in Corinth. The message there is that we will have hardship in accomplishing the work God gave us to do, but God assures us safety and more importantly, success in accomplishing the work He gives us to do.

What is the work God has given believers to do? To play their role in God offering redemption, the forgiveness of sins, to select people. Let me remind you  of what is said in Acts 13:48 – “When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.” The appointed to eternal life is that there are specific people, whom we don’t know, who are chosen by God to have eternal life.  Paul did not know who they were either. He only knew that there were “many people” in the city. There were numerous people whom God had chosen to receive eternal life.

This controversial topic came up last night at church. We can have controversy, but we must go by what the Word says. In reality, God has issued the call to us all. Those who follow Him faithfully are those whom He has chosen. Those who never respond or fall away or those whom He didn’t. I don’t claim to be an expert on the matter only informed and still following Christ after 30 years. While that is true, it is not because of my own prowess or strength. We learn in Zechariah 4:6 “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’says the Lord Almighty.” We also learn in Philippians 2:13 “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

The point here is that when God calls or appoints one to eternal life their calling is sure because He will send someone to proclaim Him to them. The person will not only respond, but will be empowered by the Spirit to continue to “will” (want to) and “act” (to do) in ways that fulfill his good purpose. That purpose is to glorify God in completing the work given to him. This is what Jesus’ life depicts. This is what Paul’s life depicts. Are You Appointed to Eternal Life to assist Christ in bringing people to redemption, the forgiveness of sins? If so, go to work.

 

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