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Day Five – “God’s Saving Way”

Friday, February 21st, 2014

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 (NIV)

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.  He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection:

Salvation is essentially a story, or ‘The Story’ of God.  The Gospel is not somebodies, but the news about how God saves.  In this passage we see the story that has always been the historical marker for God’s people:

  • They are loved by the Lord
  • Chosen by God
  • Saved by God
  • Sanctified or made new by God
  • Called to faith in the truth
  • Destined to share in God’s glory in Christ.

This was the similar pattern before Christ, and now this is the pattern of our own lives.  What God has done in Christ is like a glorious repeat on a grander scale of how God always saves His people.

Responding to the Transmission:

Let’s spend time reflecting on this incredible Story.  May we increasingly see our own lives in light of this Story.  More than merely the sum of daily things that have happened in our lives, it is this Story of God that identifies us and shapes us who are His people.

Let’s also pray for those who are not yet God’s people, but are loved by the Lord - what incredible hope there is for them, beyond what they have yet tasted, and beyond what any of us can imagine.

Day Four – “God’s Great Salvation”

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Day Three – “God’s Global-scale Salvation”

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Day Two – “The God Who Saves”

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Day One – “The God of Salvation”

Monday, February 17th, 2014