God’s call is into His Own Kingdom and Glory.
God’s Kingdom is and is coming. Glory is the future consummation of God’s Kingdom.
“For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.” 1 Thessalonians 2:9-12 NASB
We look forward to inheriting eternal life in the glory that is to come, God with us in the new heaven and new earth. (2 Peter 1:11; Revelation 21-22).
“Since it was to Him that they owed their call into His kingdom and to participation in His glory. Thus Paul combined the sweetness of evangelical preaching with the earnestness of evangelical admonition, thus he prepared the Christians in his charge for the continuous coming of Christ into their hearts and for the final coming of Christ.” © Kretzmann
God has translated us into the kingdom of His Son.
“Giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the holy ones in light, who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love, in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.” Colossians 1:12-14 WMB.
We were called into the fellowship of His Son Messiah Jesus.
In the fellowship of Messiah, we are enriched in grace and God’s grace works in us.
“I always thank my God concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Messiah Yeshua, that in everything you were enriched in him, in all speech and all knowledge — even as the testimony of Messiah was confirmed in you — so that you come behind in no gift, waiting for the revelation of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who will also confirm you until the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Yeshua the Messiah our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 (Philippians 1:3–11; Colossians 1:3–14; 1 John 1-10; Romans 8:9-11)
~ Bill Bremer
Bill Bremer is Founder and Managing Director at Kingdom Relationships Colorado.