WALKING WORTHY OF YOUR CALLING

 

walk_calling2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

 

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.

 

Every believer has been called with a holy calling. We are called saints or holy ones by virtue of being in Christ. All saved (believers) are saints by position not by personal merit. All believers may not act saintly/holy by practice. All believers may not walk in holiness in their day to day practices. We are exhorted to therefore walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called. In other words we should have a walk that is worthy, up to, or matches our holy calling. Those who are called to be saints (holy ones) ought to walk worthy or live saintly.

 

These two aspects of truth show a distinction between our position in Christ by the grace of God (HOLY) and our practice (WALK WORTHY OF IT). In the current resurgence of teaching on grace much of the distortion coming from the so called “radical grace” teaching comes from their focus only on the truths that talk of our position and little emphasis on the truths that deal with our practices (some describe it as doctrine vs. duty; Standing vs. State). The revelation of grace by the Spirit of grace to be unveiled to the Apostle of grace, Paul, always balanced both aspects of truth in his letters. The book of Ephesians is a great example of this where in chapters 1-3 it speaks mostly of our glorious position in Christ and then in chapters 4-6 the practices that should be worthy of our position. Again in Galatians 5:25 we can see the two sides of truth, “If we LIVE IN the spirit, let us also WALK IN the spirit.” One aspect of truth shows our position in the spirit the other shows our response to it in our practice.

 

The Gospel of John declares that Jesus was full of grace and truth (John 1:14) and that both grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Our teachings of grace must be closely linked to truth, and all the truth both positional truth and practical truth. It takes all Scripture, not part of Scripture, for us to profit and be thoroughly furnished for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). This is the TRUE GRACE of God wherein we stand (1 Peter 5:12). REMEMBER, IF THERE IS A TRUE GRACE THERE MUST BE A FALSE GRACE.

 

 

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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