Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” (I Peter 2:9).
We have been thinking lately very much of the strange way in which God is calling a people out of a people already called. The word ecclesia, or church, means called out, but God is calling out a still more select body from the church to be His bride–the specially prepared ones for His coming.
We see a fine type of this in the story of Gideon. When first he sounded the trumpet of Abiezer there resorted to him more than thirty thousand men; but these had to be picked, so a first test was applied, appealing to their courage, and all but ten thousand went back; but there must be an election out of the election, and so a second test was applied, appealing to their prudence, caution and singleness of purpose, and all but three hundred were refused; and, with this little-picked band, he raised the standard against the Midianites, and through the power of God won his glorious victory. So, again, in our days, the Master is choosing His three hundred, and by them, He will yet win the world for Himself. Let us be sure that we belong to the “out and out” people.
Brethren whatever is taking place now is for a reason to fulfil the will and plan of God. The buildings called churches are filled with people but where are they going is my question? What are the motivation and purpose? Why are you there? Who called you to the gathering? So many questions with so few answers from man or the mainstream. Make sure your election is sure and bless the Lord.