CALLED - CHOSEN - FAITHFUL: Victory in Christ
In this age (2020 ff) many things seem uncertain. Our current government is hostile towards Christians. We are considered “terrorists.” Guilty of “hate speech” and breaking “community standards.” There are cases of fines and prison for those who dare expose wickedness in our Country. And if things continue to “progress” in a communist manner. They will drag us out and murder us once again. Riot. Division. Herd mentality and governing. Sorrow for the church. Yet there is always hope. Even on the brink of National chaos. There is hope. We need not fear as the world fears. We need not be deceived as the world is deceived. We can conquer any situation. History reveals that faithful Christians always find themselves victorious in Christ Jesus.
During the 1st Century John received a revelation from Christ Jesus (Rev. 1:1-3). Regarding things to soon happen in their generation. This Revelation was delivered to the saints in the kingdom, the churches of Christ (Rom. 16:16). To remain faithful till the end. For the threat of the Roman Empire (and all her participants) was about to wage war on them.
“Babylon,” long before its arrival on earth. Was prophesied by Isaias, that it would one day fall along “with the graven images of her gods” (Isa. 21:9). This same “Babylon,” symbolic of Rome “the great city” (Rev. 16:19) and all “the waters” (17:15) which symbolically represent her constituents (i.e. the apostate members of the church Paul the apostle had once prophesied coming - 1 Tim. 4:1ff). “These will wage war” against Christ and His obedient faithful. Throwing them into prison and testing them, even bringing them to death (2:10). And all this allowed by God’s providence which brought fulfillment of the Scriptures (17:17), the “perfect law of liberty” (James 1:25, 1 Cor. 13:10) . The faithful, called and chosen by God. Won the victory in Christ Jesus over His enemies. And we now this day, a “holy nation” (1 Pt. 2:9). Can receive this revelation and learn from it. Practice its principles. Apply its wisdom into our lives.
With this reality we focus on the called, chosen by God, faithful till the end. Victorious in Christ Jesus. These had to endure every hostile element of the Roman Empire. Which indeed in the 1st Century was the known world. Persecution. Sickness. Loss of life. The Roman influence had even captured many saints and turned them into false teachers. Wolves in sheep’s clothing. Those who would conspire with Romans to create political power and oppression upon the faithful. Very tempting to compromise one’s faith to save his or her own life.
Yet even through all they had to persevere, a remnant remained focused on the goal. The afterlife with God forever. Away from death and disease. Persecution and pain. The encouragement that the wicked would pay (“wages of death” - Rom. 6:23) for their evil deeds (2 Thess. 1:8-9).
They received the accurate gospel call and accepted it. Embraced it. Lived by it.
They recognized the chosen location for all who received the gospel and obeyed it, the kingdom of Heaven. The church (Mt. 16:18-19).
And once ADDED to the congregation of Jesus Christ, they remained faithful in all things (i.e. the plan of salvation, the pattern of worship, the persistence of fellowship. Evangelizing. Practicing benevolence. Exposing evil. Teaching and preaching rightly handled Scripture. Never forsaking the assembly. Thinking right, living right, giving right). And this faith kept them alive in Christ. Conquering “Babylon,” Rome and all saints who had since fallen prey to her harlotry.
“These shall make war with the Lamb (i.e. the Roman Empire, Jewish leaders, and fallen saints), and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords (i.e. there is no higher office of respect and honour than Christ), and King of kings (i.e. there is no greater ruler, authority): and they (Christians) that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”
“Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” - 2 Thess. 2:14
To all who receive the gospel of Christ and live by its Testament law of grace.
John 3:16 - Acts 4:12 - 1 Cor. 15:1-4 - Mk. 16:16
“just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,” - Eph. 1:4
The location of the saved is the body of Christ, His church (Eph. 1:22-23).
And so they were called into the location where faithfulness had to be practiced.
In every test, trial, and temptation allowed against Job. Pain and sorrow. He “did not sin or charge God with wrong” - Job 1:22. Job was faithful.
Those who “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” - Jude 3
We must remain faithful in the plan of salvation, the pattern of worship, the persistence of fellowship. Evangelizing. Practicing benevolence. Exposing evil. Teaching and preaching rightly handled Scripture. Never forsaking the assembly. Thinking right, living right, and giving right.