He saved us and called us to a holy life, not according to our works but according to his own design and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began, 2 Timothy 1:9 NABRE
Paul writing to his closest friend Timothy is encouraging him. Paul’s letter comes while he is imprisoned with a judgement that has him soon to be put to death. He is speaking to Timothy about Christ in whom he has committed his life. Paul speaks about receiving grace from Christ before time began. Paul’s confidence in God’s plan comes from God even before the creation of anything. Christ saves us, makes us holy. Paul stresses that it is not from anything we could do, or any worthiness we might be able to obtain, rather we are holy and saved through the grace of Christ. God our creator from before time wants us, his creation to be saved, holy and with Him. Death entered humanity through pride and selfishness. Christ, selfless and other centered, has entered into humanity and conquered death, in fact He annihilated death so that God’s plan from before time is available to all. Death no longer has power over Jesus. We Christians who die in Christ experience death in a radically different way than those who are not in Christ. God’s plan for salvation and holiness are fulfilled in Christ and Paul believes it so strongly he heralds it with priority as he waits to die.
We might think we have to do good or be good to win favor with God. This is not true, God loves us, He calls us holy and returns us to life with Him through unearned outpouring grace. Life is not a worthiness contest, God loves you and does everything to make you aware of His love. God desires we love too, Him and others.
Do you believe God will grace you with holiness and salvation? Do you realize death has no hold over you?We might think we have to do good or be good to win favor with God. This is not true, God loves us, He calls us holy and returns us to life with Him through unearned outpouring grace. Click To Tweet
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